Congratulations to George N., the Twin Cities 3-Day Milestone Award Winner!

Congratulations to George Nummer, the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day Milestone Award winner! George is in his 11th year of involvement with the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®, on his 32nd event, and has raised over $81,000 in his life towards fighting breast cancer.

George takes on Day 2 of the Twin Cities 3-Day

George takes on Day 2 of the Twin Cities 3-Day

George has walked the Komen 3-Day in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas / Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Twin Cities, and Washington D.C. (whew!). In 2007, George walked all twelve 3-Day® events, and with every step George takes, he’s helping to spread the message that early detection is key. Along the route yesterday, he spoke with 14 women who promised they would get mammograms. At the Camp Show last night, George asked women in the audience to raise their hands and promise that they would get mammograms. This passionate advocacy for detection has already saved one life, as George tells the story of a young women who got a mammogram despite her insurance not covering it because she wasn’t 40. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and thanked George for encouraging her to get screened. Because they caught it early, it was treatable. As he likes to say, “What’s more important: the money or your life?”

Fundraising $81,000 is no small feat, and George has fine-tuned his fundraising strategies over the years. “I was hesitant the first time I ever fundraised, and I put in a lot of my own money,” he said. One of George’s favorite ways to raise money is by writing letters. “I send a couple hundred letters out a year,” he said. He also recommends that you get creative with your fundraising. George is a retired electrician and started working side jobs for donations. He also learned to talk to people on training walks and to tell them about his fundraising goals. “Ask for a donation. All they can do is say no – you’d be surprised how many people will donate to you!” George has also sold buttons and badges for fundraising.

George sells buttons and badges for his fundraising efforts.

George sells buttons and badges for his fundraising efforts.

There’s no doubt that seeing George’s smiling face around both Michigan and Twin Cities this year has been a joy for many participants, evident in the numerous photo opps George has been a part of. George’s advice to other 3-Dayers? “Don’t make a race out of it. Take your time, stop and smell the roses, talk to people.”

“After I finish this walk, I’ll be 20 miles short of my 2,000 mile mark. So I signed up for Michigan for next year – after Day 1, I’ll have my 2,000 miles,” George said. We’re grateful for George and every mile he’s walked with our wonderful 3-Day family, helping us get one step closer to ending breast cancer forever.

The Michigan 3-Day Celebrates Its Top Fundraisers

The 2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® season opened yesterday on a stunning morning in Michigan, as walkers and crew gathered with excitement for the first event of the year. Participants were met with some new event elements, and everyone embarked on Day 1 of walking with enthusiasm and anticipation. On return to the Komen 3-Day Camp, there were even more surprises in store (and some familiar favorites, like the Bank of America massage chairs). The 3-Day® camp show was enjoyed by all, and our friends from Bank of America took a few special moments to recognize the top fundraisers for the Michigan 3-Day.

Top Fundraising Team – BC Babes – $103,190 raisedsusan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk michigan day 1 top fundraising team

The 54 members of team BC Babes (captained by Beth Northman) celebrates its 10th year as team, during which it has raised an amazing $854,534.

Top Crew Fundraiser – Mark Nadeau – $8,815 raised

susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk michigan day 1 top crew fundraiserThis is Mark’s 10th event, and he has raised more than $28,000 in his 10 years as a 3-Day participant. He is part of the Gear & Tent crew team, and crews with his wife Amy (Camp Services).

Top Individual Fundraiser – Kathy Giller – $34,560 raisedsusan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk michigan day 1 top individual  fundraiser

Kathy has participated in 12 3-Day events over the last 8 years, and has raised a lifetime total of $237,934. Kathy walks for her husband Lee who is a male breast cancer survivor, and she is the captain of team Breast Man Walking.

Our gratitude goes to all of these extraordinary participants, and all Michigan 3-Day walkers and crew members for their dedication to a world without breast cancer. To learn more about the top individual, crew and team fundraisers in Michigan, as well as our eight series walkers, check out the framed table-top displays in the dining tent in camp.

Challenge Accepted! How many of these 3-Day Fundraising Challenges have you tried?

Back in February, we started occasionally posting Fundraising Challenges on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® Facebook and Twitter pages. These prompts are meant to give a little (or not-so-little) spark to your Komen 3-Day fundraising efforts from week to week, and get your own juices flowing for other creative fundraising strategies. SGK_3-Day_SocialMedia_FundraisingWeek_%23The3Day_v2

In case you missed any of the 3-Day® Fundraising Challenges, or want to revisit ones that worked well for you earlier, we’ve listed them all below. Happy fundraising!

  • CHALLENGE! Raise $100 by the end of the day. How will you do it? GO!
  • Let’s kick off the week with a #FundraisingChallenge! Today, your goal is to score donations from three different people. What’s your plan of attack?
  • Time for today’s #3DayFundraising Challenge! Share this post on your newsfeed, and challenge someone to be the first to make a donation in the amount of the time. For example: we’re posting this at 8:30 a.m. PST – we’d need someone to make an $8.30 donation. Report back with how you did!
  • Do you need a little help getting started with fundraising? We know that sometimes the first step is the hardest. We challenge you to share your fundraising link on Facebook today and ask for a donation, because we believe you can do this. #3DayFundraising
  • Today’s #3DayFundraising Challenge is in honor of Administrative Professional’s Day. Your challenge? Asking someone you work with for a donation. Let us know how you did!
  • Happy Birthday! To who, you ask? There has to be someone in your group of friends that will donate in honor of a special person’s May birthday. For today’s #Fundraising Challenge, ask for a donation in honor of a May birthday. Cake not included.
  • Today is 5/31. Can you score five $31 donations in honor of a memorable May? #The3Day
  • Take this allegedly unlucky day (Friday the 13th!) and turn it into a lucky one. Ask someone to make it your lucky day today with a 3-Day donation!
  • Today’s Fundraising Challenge? All about the weather! Ask for donations today to help you raise whatever the temperature is in your area. You might even have someone donate the whole amount!
  • Are you ready for today’s Fundraising Challenge? It’s $50 Friday, so ask your friends to support you with $50 donations. It’s a great time to remind them that they can split that $50 into payments (up to 4) if they’d like. Go post it now, then come back later to tell us how you did!
  • It’s Thirty Thursday! No, we didn’t make a typo, we meant to say Thirty! Today, your fundraising challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to ask for three $30 donations. Do it, and report back!

Got a suggestion for a Fundraising Challenge that we could throw out to the 3-Day community? Tell us in comments!

 

Oh, and while you’re all revved up about fundraising, you can revisit our other fundraising blog posts by clicking here, and see loads of pinned ideas on our Creative Fundraising Pinterest board here.