2012 Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®

The 17th annual Race for the Cure® on October 20th was a huge success!!! The event raised almost $1.3 million and counting as fundraising continues through November 30th.  Seventy five percent of funds raised will be granted into the local community we serve (Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties) and the other twenty five percent will go towards funding breast cancer research programs. Click here for a list of our local grantees and click here for a list of our current national research grants.

To recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, over 20,000 participants registered for the largest breast cancer event in Miami. Close to a thousand breast cancer survivors were greeted by the Rose Bandits during the survivor procession and were presented with pink roses generously donated by Rio Roses as the Ladies of Soul gave an emotional performance. The survivor procession was led by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz along with Kathy Sheeran, the Honorary Team New Balance member for the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®.

Highlights of the event included a Latin-inspired warm-up with Zumba®, performances by Focal Point, Eirinn Abu, Tri-M Music Honor Society Choir, Divaaz, Tatyana Perez and Heroines. The top three teams were South Florida Ford Dealers with 1,469 team members, Florida Power & Light with 891 team members and Baptist Health Breast Center with 650 team members. Congratulations to these great teams!

Fundraising for the Race will continue through November 30th – donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted on our website, or by mail to:

Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®
 c/o FootWorks 
5724 Sunset Drive 
South Miami, Florida 33143

THANK YOU to our national series and local sponsors, participants and volunteers for your support!

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2012 Team Captain Breakfast

On Thursday, July 26, 2012 the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate hosted team captains at the Race for the Cure® Team Captain Breakfast. Our teams are our largest fundraising source: 83 percent of those who fundraised last year belonged to a team. This shows how important teams are to the success of the Race and to reaching our goal of serving women and saving lives!

The breakfast allowed captains to learn more about the Race for the Cure® and understand the impact of donations, but also share fundraising ideas. Some of our largest teams last year, including FPL, South Florida Ford Dealers and Baptist Health Breast Center, shared best practices with the group. Team captains also received their Team Captain Packet (click here to download) and other collateral (including customizable posters also on our website) in order to create more buzz about their own teams. Finally, our 2011 Race video made its debut, click here to watch!

It’s never too late to sign up your team for this year’s Race! Registration is still available for $25 ($27 online) and will go up to $30 ($32 online) October 13th.

For more information, please feel free to visit our website or contact us at 305-383-7116 or  info@komenmiaftl.org.

Get Ready to Fundraise!

Did you know that 50% of the money raised last year at the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure® came from your fundraising efforts? That is the power of what you can do! To kick off the fundraising spirit this year, we’ve dedicated our blog post to a compilation of the most popular (and successful!) fundraising ideas.  Remember, most apply to an individual and/or team!

Best Fundraising Idea: Send emails from your participant center. Customize your Personal Page (inside your Participant Center) with a picture and your personal story. Email your fundraising letter to friends, family and coworkers and ask them to support you. Your email will have a direct link right back to your website and when they donate online, they will automatically receive a receipt for tax purposes. Ask everyone to forward your email on to 10 more people!

Office Fundraising Ideas:

  • Casual Fridays: Ask your team members and other department representatives to collect a $5 fee from employees who would like to dress down on Fridays. The donations will benefit your Komen Race for the Cure® Team!
  • Raffle off a reserved parking spot or a larger office space.
  • Auction off dinner for four, sports or event tickets, gift certificates, etc.
  • Post team and individual fundraising thermometers in the break room showing the company’s current fundraising status and place a donation jar nearby. Check out our team’s page to download a customizable poster and thermometers!
  • Host a bake sale – everyone loves desert!
  • Announce a “Loose Change Day” and have all employees donate their loose change.
  • Add a link to your Personal Page (found within your Participant Center) to your personal and work email signature.
  • Add to your voicemail message that you are participating in the Komen Race for the Cure® on October 20th. This will be news to some and a reminder for all!
  • Create (or order) return address labels and/or business cards that state, “I’m participating in the Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®. Will you sponsor me?”
  • Ask your company about matching gifts. Many companies will match whatever amount each employee raises on his or her own.

Family & Friends Team Fundraising Ideas:

  • Delegate! Give your close friends donation forms and ask them to get donations for you.
  • Host a mini golf tournament.
  • If your birthday falls in the months leading up to the Race, in lieu of a gift for your birthday, ask your friends and family to make a donation to the Komen Race for the Cure®.
  • Host a garage sale.
  • Host a car wash.
  • Have your friends and family donate their used books and choose a time and place to have a used book sale — maybe your local farmer’s market, school carnival or community fair.
  • Hold a theme dinner party for at least 10 of your friends with a donation of $50 a person. Spend just $20 per person on food and you’ve raised $300 in donations. Better yet, have all of the food donated!

 Additional Team Tips

  • Brainstorm with your team. Be creative and think of things that can involve everyone. Advertise your participation as much as possible and JUST ASK PEOPLE! Too often people just don’t know how to get involved.
  • A poster on a bulletin board may not get noticed, so make sure your event information stands out.
  • The more excitement you can create, the more people will want to be a part of it! If you are having fun, your co-workers/family/friends will too!

Tips for Your Team Members:

  • Customize your Personal Page (inside your Participant Center) with a photo and a story on why you are raising money. Participants who customize their Personal Page far outperform those who do not!
  • Remember ANYONE is a potential donor.
  • Ask people who you have daily contact with or who you’ve established a relationship with in one way or another — parents, friends, classmates, co-workers, neighbors, grocer, banker, mechanic, lawyer, dry cleaner, fellow parishioners, etc.
  • Start with the person whom you think will give you the largest donation, which will establish a high baseline of giving.
  • Ask at least 1 person per day to make a donation.
  • If you’re uncomfortable asking face-to-face, use your Participant Center instead. In the Participant Center we’ve provided sample letters to help you.
  • Aim high — ask for $50 and settle for $25, instead of asking for $25 and settling for $10. Base the amount you’re asking for on your prospects’ ability to give.
  • Carry your collection envelopes with you at all times.
  • Tribute Donations: Encourage your donors to make their donations in “honor of”, “support of”, or “in memory of” someone they know who has been affected by breast cancer. This is a great way to let them feel very much a part of your experience.

Good luck and remember to HAVE FUN!

Register now for Race for the Cure®!

Registration is now open for the 2012 Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure®, taking place at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami on Saturday, October 20th. Every year, thousands of breast cancer survivors and supporters come together to participate in the 5K run and walk which raises funds to provide breast cancer treatment, prevention programs and further breast cancer research for women in need in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Last year’s Race for the Cure® had a record-breaking 23,628 participants and raised over $1.8M!

Early bird registration is available for $27 online and will go up October 13th. In hopes of surpassing our fundraising goals, we are encouraging all participants to take part in the Power of 10 Challenge: If every Race participant collected just $100, the 2012 Komen Race for the Cure would raise over $2,000,000 in pledges alone!

For more information and to register, go to www.komenmiaftl.org/komen-race-for-the-cure.

More updates on the 2012 Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure to come so stay tuned!