Saturday evening’s camp show at the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is all about celebration: walkers celebrate completing an amazing 40 miles, crew members high-five over giving hours upon hours of service to their fellow 3-Dayers, and everyone celebrates each other. It’s true that every walker and crew member could rightfully be given a medal for their accomplishments, but since that isn’t really possible, we do like to take time at the end of Day 2 to recognize some walkers and crew members for outstanding achievements. We were pleased to award the following outstanding walkers, crew members and teams in Philadelphia:
Top Training Walk Leader
Congratulations to Liz Parks, the top training walk leader for the 2016 Philadelphia 3-Day. Liz, who lives in Arizona, has been a 3-Day participant and a training walk leader for 11 years and is the captain of Team Walking On. A huge animal lover, Liz admits that on training walks and on-event, she will stop to pet every dog.
Top Youth Corps Fundraiser
The 3-Day Youth Corps is made up of kids between the ages of 10 and 16 years old. These kids come out to cheer and support the walkers and crew members for all three days, and they are required to raise a minimum of $500 in order to participate. So for 13 year old Martin Korbini, a 2nd year Youth Corps member, to raise $1,728 is an even more extraordinary accomplishment. Yay, Martin!
Top Crew Fundraiser
The top crew fundraiser for the Philadelphia 3-Day is Lynn Colbert, who raised an awesome $3,437 this year, adding to a lifetime fundraising total of $35,648. Lynn has participated in 12 events in her 10 years as a 3-Dayer; she is part of the Sweep team in Philly this year. When she’s not taking care of hundreds of 3-Day walkers, Lynn confesses that she loves playing video games and will be asking Santa for a new Nintendo Wii this Christmas.
Top Individual Walker Fundraiser
Big thanks and congrats to the top individual fundraiser for the Philadelphia 3-Day, Julie Copaken. This year, Julie, who is captain of The Keepers, brought in an astonishing $23,087, and in her 12 years/12 events with the 3-Day, she alone has raised $195,980. Julie has been an extraordinary fundraiser for various cancer causes, having raised over $355,000: $196,000 for Komen, $145,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and $15,000 for other amazing cancer-fighting organizations. Over $100,000 of those funds have come from the Johnson & Johnson Matching Gift Program, which matches employee donations 2:1.
Top 5 Fundraising Teams
The top fundraising teams for the 2016 Philadelphia 3-Day are:
5. Girls Gone Walking – $35,100 in 2016; $232,262 lifetime – 15 team members, 11 years as team – Team Captain: Anne Moss.
4. TEAM STEWIE – $37,539 in 2016; $140,529 lifetime –16 team members, 6 years as team – Team Captain – Kristina Wessenlink.
3. Les Roberts – $38,860 in 2016; $63,524 lifetime – 10 team members, 2 years as team –Team Captain: Sylvie Satre.
2. The Cup Crusaders – $46,852 in 2016; $1,219,944 lifetime – 12 members, 12 years as team – Team Captain: Kathy DiRusso
And big congratulations to Friends With Heart, which was both the largest team on the Philadelphia 3-Day (57 members) and the top fundraising team, with $93,563 raised this year. This new team is made up of members of two former Philly 3-Day teams: Breast Friends of Pennsylvania and Men With Heart. The lifetime amount raised by Friends With Heart—$915,663—is reflective of what the newly combined team, under their prior names, has raised since 2004. Friends With Heart was captained by Frank McSorley and Sharon Slosarik.
*The 2016 3-Day marked big milestones for the top 3 Philly teams:
- The Cup Crusaders have raised more than $1.2 Million since they started walking in 2005.
- No Walker Left Behind has raised more than $1.1 Million since they started walking in 2006.
- Team Girlapalooza has raised more than $1 Million since they started walking in 2008.
Milestone Award and Local Impact Award
These two other special awards are presented to participants who stand out and shine extra brightly in a sky of very bright 3-Day stars. The Milestone Award is given at each event to one participant who has an extraordinary history of involvement with the 3-Day, and the Local Impact Award recognizes a participant in each 3-Day city who has been instrumental in strengthening the 3-Day in their community throughout the year.
Join us in congratulating the 2016 Philadelphia 3-Day Milestone Award Winner, Kathleen Butler. Kathleen has been part of the 3-Day for 11 years, with this year’s Philadlephia walk being her 12th event. In that time, she has raise $68,372, and as captain of Team Girlapalooza, has led the team to an astonishing total of over $1 million raised in the team’s history. With that kind of achievement, you’d think that 3-Daying was Kathleen’s full-time job, but she also finds time to serve as a licensed tour guide in Washington, DC (yes, her training walks do often become tours as well), and to cultivate her loves for Bruce Springsteen, Diet Dr. Pepper and blue Bic pens. Kathleen’s Team Girlapalooza co-founder, best friend and “name twin” Kathleen R. shared, “What sums up Kathleen the most, especially in regard to the 3-Day, is that she helps those around her be more successful though her generous sharing of her time, experience, creativity and passion. Her motivation and inspiration are unparalleled.” Julie, another friend and teammate, also told us, “I first met Kathleen when she attended one of my training walks over a decade ago. A few years later, we reconnected when Team Girlapalooza walked in that year’s Washington, DC 3-Day. At that event, a friendship began that grows stronger with each passing day. Kathleen is fiercely loyal – to her family, to her friends, to her faith, and to the causes she believes in. At the top of her list of causes are the 3-Day and eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime. Kathleen’s crowning achievement as team captain is the team’s fundraising success – raising over ONE MILLION DOLLARS in total since our first walk as a team. We would not have achieved that milestone without her leadership, coaching and support. I am proud to be a member of Team Girlapalooza and am grateful to call Kathleen my friend.” Congratulations, Kathleen, and thank you for all you do for the 3-Day!
Philadelphia’s Local Impact Award winner for 2016 is Rosaria Stoops. Rosaria is a 10-year 3-Day participant, and this year’s Philly event was her 10th event. She has been an integral part of the Philadelphia crew, serving in a variety of roles but most recently, returning as the Senior Captain of Route teams for the past 3 years. She organizes the annual 3-Day Reunion party and is truly committed to building a 3-Day family and encouraging crew and walkers alike to return year after year. She is a strong leader, an excellent example of an ideal crew member and a great asset for us to cultivate leadership, community and awareness for the Philadelphia 3-Day. Becky, one of Rosaria’s good friends, said this about her: “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Rosaria until my second or third year as a walker. She was always so busy running around, I never saw her my first year, nor did I realize just how much she did for the event. When I think of Rosaria, the first word that comes to mind is ‘selfless.’ She spends time and money each year supporting others in the event – donating to help others meet the minimum to walk, making cards, answering questions from other crew members, dealing with various issues and problems with hardly a whisper of complaint. Rosaria truly has a heart full of love and it is an honor and an inspiration to know her.” Another friend, Christine, added, “Rosaria is a kind, gentle soul. She is thoughtful, caring and will go to great lengths to cover all bases. Despite her battles and losses, she continues to give of herself. Rosaria always has a way of looking on the bright side. I admire that in a person and am proud to call her my friend.” We’re proud to have you as part of our 3-Day family too, Rosaria. Congratulations!