The 2023 Susan G. Komen Denver 3-Day boasted 700 walkers and 250 crew members who collectively contributed $1.9 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 ceremony by recognizing our Rookie of the Year, Terry W., who raised $13,997.60 for her first ever 3-Day! The crowd applauded her for her contributions as she posed for a picture with Bank of America’s very own Kim Hamstead and Cynthia Solis who delivered Terry a $500 donation to kick off her 2024 fundraising where we hope to see her on her second 3-Day!
Julie C. was then recognized as our Top Individual Fundraiser for raising $26,331.37 and was also rewarded by Bank of America with a $500 donation for her 2024 3-Day fundraising. For the past eighteen years, she has walked and raised a collective $336,985.51 to fund breast cancer research and treatment. Julie is also captain of The Keepers, our Small but Mighty Team award winner whose team raised $33,847.70 this year with just three team members. Bank of America awarded Julie with an additional $500 donation and her teammates received $60 to kick-start their 2024 fundraising.
The Top Fundraising Team was our largest team, The AwareWolves, who raised $63,661.80 amongst their 21 members. The whole crowd gave a celebratory wolf howl as team captain Linda L. accepted her $500 donation courtesy of Bank of America and her 20 teammates were awarded with $60 toward their 2024 fundraising. In their eleven years as a team, the AwareWolves have raised a roaring $503,711.10 toward finding the cures for breast cancer.
With our walkers accounted for, it was time to congratulate our crew who raised $75,403.55 in the Mile High City! Our Top Individual Crew Fundraiser from Pit Stop 2, Mark N., was honored for the $5,001.40 he raised this year on his 21st event, with a lifetime contribution of $82,742.18. Speaking of crew teams, our Top Fundraising Crew Team captained by Julie S. and Michele O. raised $12,885.32!
We then honored our youngest fundraisers from the Denver 3-Day Youth Corps who collectively raised $13,958.74! Mollee M. participated in her fourth 3-Day and raised $1,862.80 this year, making her this event’s Top Youth Corps Fundraiser. We are so grateful for and proud of our Youth Corps who continually remind us of the future we’re striving to improve.
Whether you were a top fundraiser or hit your own fundraising goals for the 2023 Denver 3-Day, the work that you do and the funds that you raise are ever important. On behalf of Bank of America and Susan G. Komen, thank you for all that you do to help fight breast cancer.