Archive for Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fight for life

June 16, 2012


To the editor:

As co-chairs of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life committee, we would like to thank residents of Douglas County for their generosity and support. Seventy-four teams participated in this year’s event, raising more than $185,000 to further the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. The outstanding support received proves that the people of Douglas County are truly committed to the fight against cancer.

We applaud the more than 300 survivors and their caregivers who participated in the opening lap and the survivor recognition. They are the reason we continue the fight — because each year there can be more and more people living wonderful lives following a diagnosis of cancer and celebrating more birthdays.

A special thanks goes to the many Relay For Life volunteers who worked to make this event a success. The Relay For Life committee did an outstanding job of putting the event together.

We also appreciate the generosity of this year’s corporate sponsors. Relay For Life would not be possible without them.

Again, thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society, and remember it’s not too early to become involved in Relay For Life for next year. Together we will save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.


Ragingbear 5 years, 11 months ago

Here is an idea. Instead of a silly game where things happen and cost the charity several thousand to set up, just DONATE the money!

George_Braziller 5 years, 11 months ago

You obviously don't grasp the concept of how events like this are organized or operate. The people on the teams are the ones who raise the money and their entry fee to participate normally pays most if not all of the expense involved to put on the event.

Ragingbear 5 years, 11 months ago

Oh I grasp it fine. Tons of money is spent so a little can go into some coffers. I would rather see all the money involved sent into the community coffers and no event.

George_Braziller 5 years, 11 months ago

I'd say that $185,000 isn't pocket change. Even if it cost $5,000 to put on they still would have cleared $180,000.

What do you suggest? Put a jar on the counter and hope that someone drops in a dollar now and then? That wouldn't cost anything and might bring in $200.00 after a month.

Ragingbear 5 years, 11 months ago

$5000 for the event, $22,000 to pay the staff, $15,000 to pay the actual organization, $13,000 in "overhead" and $110,000 in ""other fees".

Don't believe me? Go down and request a financial statement from them. It's supposed to be available to the public.

In reality, most charitable donations usually result in .10 on the dollar or less actually making it to the people that need/deserve it.

George_Braziller 5 years, 11 months ago

You're way off in your numbers. The staff time is already budgeted and covered, there isn't any "overhead" and there aren't "other fees."

I've been on three not-for-profit boards, was CFO at a local organization for five years, and organized events like this. What goes directly to services is more like 87%.

Now however United Way operates completely differently. I would NEVER give a single dollar to to them. They do suck down about 90% of the donations in administrative expense.

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