BCC Rally Updates

BCC Rally Becomes First Rally Organization to Receive
Susan G. Komen Award for Donating $1 Million

BCC Rally Raises Record $220,000 for Annual Gift to Komen Charlotte

BCC Rally completed its 10-year anniversary of raising funds and awareness for breast cancer by receiving the prestigious Susan G. Komen Lifetime Pink Ribbon Circle Award for surpassing $1 million in contributions since its founding in 2004. BCC Rally is the first Rally for the Cure® to achieve this milestone.

In addition, BCC Rally presented a check for a record $220,000 to Komen Charlotte, reinforcing its distinction as the largest Rally organization in the U.S. since 2008 and Komen Charlotte’s largest single donor. The Pink Bow Campaign, BCC Rally’s highly visible community outreach program, contributed an impressive $75,000 to the overall funds raised.

Mike Smiley, board chairman of Komen Charlotte, presented the national Pink Ribbon Circle Award to BCC Rally board president Sue Dockstader. Smiley said Komen Charlotte is “thrilled and honored” that BCC Rally is part of the Charlotte community. He praised the organization and its many volunteers for setting and achieving such an ambitious goal and in a relatively short time period.

“This truly demonstrates your passion and dedication to your mission to bring people together to educate, build awareness and end breast cancer forever,” he said. “Over the past 10 years, all of you have come out to work collaboratively and enthusiastically to spread awareness of breast cancer and I assure you – you have made an incredible impact on our community.”

Gala Speakers Share Testimonies Regarding Organization's Impact

Local speakers at BCC Rally’s Pink Bow Gala, the culminating event of the BCC Rally fundraising week, gave moving testimony regarding the impact the organization has made since its founding in 2004.

Lori Vaccaro, executive director of Komen Charlotte, noted, “In 1980, 74% of women diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer lived beyond the five-year mark. Thanks to the investments in research that BCC Rally has helped us fund, today 98% of women diagnosed with stage 1 will live beyond the five-year year mark.”


Joe Pagani, co-founder of GoJenGo Foundation with his wife Jen to provide financial assistance and emotional support to local, in-need survivors, relayed her six-year struggle with breast cancer despite a year’s prognosis.


“As a two-time Ironman finisher, she’s incredibly strong,” he said. “What’s also helped us get this far is Komen-funded research that developed the drug Herceptin – funds that you helped raise. It’s made a death sentence something we can fight.”.

The 2013 edition of Reflections has arrived.  It's a must read. See it online or request a printed copy.
2014 BCC Rally Week Events

Sunday, Sept. 21
Walk and Wag Pink-a-thon

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Ladies' Golf and Luncheon

Thursday, Sept. 25
Men's Golf

Friday, Sept. 26
Ladies' Tennis and Luncheon

Saturday, Sept. 27
Evening Fundraiser Event
BCC Rally Board Members Sue Dockstader, Carol Aaron and Jacque Farrell-Mulholland (not pictured) joined with other volunteers to handle a water station at the Run Jen Run 5K event on Saturday, March 1. Cold weather did not dampen the spirit of the runners who came.  We were heartened to see Pink Bows along the route to honor Jen Pagani's memory.
2014 Board of Directors

Carol Aaron
Natalie Corrigan
Sue Dockstader
Marcia Gainer*
Jacque F. Mulholland
Mary Gilbert*
John Shrom*
Melanie Trotter*

*new board members
BCC Rally is a proud member of the Charlotte Chamber.