The Ballantyne Country Club Rally is set for its annual “Rally Week” in Ballantyne, during which volunteers raise awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for Rally for the Cure, a Susan G. Komen Serve for the Cure program that educates women about breast cancer.
The nonprofit will be hosting five events from Sept. 21 to 27, including a 5K for humans and dogs, golf outings and a luncheon at which Dr. Judith Salerno, CEO and president of Komen, will be the keynote speaker.
Salerno’s speech at the 11th annual BCC Rally Ladies’ luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 23, will mark her first appearance at any Rally for the Cure event nationally since assuming leadership over Komen, the world’s largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research and awareness, in 2013.
The week kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. with the Walk and Wag Pink-a-thon, a non-competitive 5K. Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs to walk or run along with them.
Tuesday’s luncheon will follow a round of women’s golf to be played at the Ballantyne Country Club at 8 a.m. Tami Simmons, executive director of Komen Charlotte, will introduce Salerno at the luncheon.
Sue Dockstader, president of BBC Rally, said it is an honor to have Salerno speaking at the luncheon. There are about 3,500 Rally events around the country annually, and the BCC Rally Week has been the largest each year since 2008, she added.
“(Her appearance) speaks to the hard work of our volunteers and the support from the Ballantyne community, residents and businesses,” she said.
Activities will resume on Thursday, Sept. 25, with a men’s golf outing at 11 a.m. On Friday, Sept. 26 a women’s tennis match will be followed by another luncheon.
Rally Week will conclude on the evening Saturday, Sept. 27th with the Denim and Diamonds Gala, described as “an elegant evening in casual attire.” The gala will feature cocktails, a buffet dinner, a silent and live auction, live music and dancing.
The BCC Rally was formed by members of the Ballantyne Country Club in 2004 and quickly became one of the more prominent Rally for the Cure programs in the country. The group recently received the Susan G. Komen Lifetime Pink Ribbon Circle Award for being the first Rally organization to surpass $1 million in funds raised for Komen.
Dockstader stresses that money is important, but the main goal is to raise awareness, as early detection is the best way to prevent breast cancer deaths.
While registration dates for the different events vary, there is no registration necessary for Sunday’s Pink-a-thon. Other registration details can be found at www.bccrally.org.