BCC Rally, the south Charlotte breast cancer fundraiser, has just announced that it raised an incredible $215,000 during this year’s events. The Pink Bow Campaign, BCC Rally’s highly visible community outreach program, contributed an impressive $57,000 to the overall funds raised. BCC Rally designates all proceeds from its five fundraising events – family day, women’s golf and luncheon, men’s golf, women’s tennis, and a black-tie gala – and sales from its year-round Pink Bow Campaign to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
“ It’s more than impressive” said Eileen Honey, Senior Event Coordinator & Affiliate Liaison, Rally for the Cure® “Everything you hear on the news is so bleak…jobs, the economy and yet you all have managed to do something wonderful and people were so generous. Imagine how much this will help women in your community”. Seventy-five per cent of the funds raised stay in Charlotte, providing education, screening, support and treatment to women and families in need in our city and surrounding nine counties. The remaining twenty-five per cent raised funds valuable research, much of which is carried out at North Carolina universities including Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest and Duke. Currently Komen National is funding 35 active research grants, totaling $15 million, in North Carolina.
Ambassador Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader in the breast cancer movement, was the keynote speaker at the BCC Rally Pink Bow Gala fundraiser held in September. Her attendance was a huge honor for BCC Rally and gave national recognition to the work being done in Charlotte in the fight against breast cancer. Brinker recalled her mother urging her to “take a good look around at your own community and start fixing the things that are wrong” and explained how that concept is fundamental to the work of Komen. As an organization they celebrate the “power of one” and encourage grass roots groups across the country, such as BCC Rally, to do their part to help their own community by raising awareness and funds. This year, $1.4million was distributed by Komen Charlotte to 27 grantees – all serving low income, uninsured or underinsured women in this city and the surrounding area.
Charlotte based companies interested in expanding their local philanthropic involvement should consider partnering with the all volunteer BCC Rally, as the group starts planning for its 10th Anniversary week of events to be held in September 2013. For more information about how to become involved with this community fundraiser as a volunteer or business partner or for details of how to start pink bow campaign in your school, office or neighborhood please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.