The 2023 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day boasted 1,500 walkers and 300 crew members who raised $5.3 million in the fight against breast cancer. To wrap up Day 1, our top fundraisers were recognized Friday evening at the Bank of America Celebration of Champions. This year, Bank of America is celebrating the accomplishments of our 3-Dayers by donating a collective $42,000 to the top fundraisers to jump start their 2024 fundraising efforts. Join us in congratulating these teams and individuals for their incredible achievements and contributions!
We kicked off the celebration by recognizing our incredible crew members who collectively raised $121,469 for the final 3-Day of 2023! From Event Support, our Top Individual Crew Fundraiser, Martin H., was honored for the $10,000 he raised this year at his 26th event, which brings his total lifetime contribution to $85,295. Speaking of crew, our Top Crew Fundraising Team, Sweep & Shuttle, raised $28,780 amongst 37 members captained by Shirley H., Bridget H., and Laurie H.!
Amongst the 300 crew members were 30 Youth Corps who came together to raise over $30,000! Siblings Shaun and Jack S. tied as our Top Youth Corps Fundraisers who each raised $5,202. They will both be receiving a customized Hydro Flask courtesy of Bank of America which they can use with pride. We are so grateful for and proud of our Youth Corps who continually remind us of the future we fundraise to improve.
Our Rookie of the Year, Jennie S., raised $30,539 for her first ever 3-Day! The crowd applauded her incredible contributions as Bank of America’s very own Maegan Young delivered a $500 donation to kick off her 2024 fundraising. We hope that Jennie’s first time in the Pink Bubble was everything she thought it would be and more.
We then went on to honor our Top Individual Fundraiser, Stephanie C., who raised $64,789! A member of the team Tulips for Tatas, Stephanie has raised over $339,000 in her fourteen years as a participant in fifteen events. Beatrice B., a 1-Day walker and first-time participant raised $6,924 making her our Top Fundraising 1-Day Walker. Thank you for your commitment to the breast cancer cause!
Ta-Ta’s from KC was then awarded our Small but Mighty Team award after their nine-person team raised a whopping $82,972, demonstrating that anything is possible with enough perseverance. Team Captain Lindsey B. was awarded a $500 donation and her fellow teammates received $60 to kick-start their 2024 fundraising. They were also our third highest fundraising team overall, followed by Hands Up for Hooters at number two who raised $129,410 amongst their 86 team members, making them the largest team at the San Diego 3-Day!
Ringing in as the Top Fundraising Team, Powered by Optimism was recognized for the $142,350 that all 54 members came together to raise. Team Captain Lisa P. humbly accepted her $500 donation from Bank of America and her teammates were each awarded $60 toward their 2024 fundraising. In their thirteen years as a team, Powered by Optimism has raised more than $2.6 million to help find the cures for breast cancer. Thank you to all of our teams!
Whatever your own fundraising goals for the 2023 San Diego 3-Day, the work that you do and the funds that you raise are ever important. We are so grateful to every single one of you for making the San Diego 3-Day so memorable and impactful. On behalf of Bank of America and Susan G. Komen, thank you for all that you do to help fight breast cancer!