Good Luck Twin Cities Tweeps!

August 23rd, 2012

Happy Twin Cities 3-Day Eve! The fifth event of the 2012 season will be stepping off bright and early tomorrow morning. As always, in order to help everyone cheer on our fellow #3DayTweeps as they make their way all over the Twin Cities, I’ve created a Twitter list featuring our two walkers, @AllyBird82 and @Lori3Day:

As in Cleveland, there are only two #3DayTweeps (plus @3DayMug!) taking on the Twin Cities so let’s be sure to cheer them on extra loudly!! Good luck ladies and have fun!!

~ Kristen

3 Day Tweeps August Mail Call: Michigan, Twin Cities, and San Francisco!

July 23rd, 2012

Aloha, #3DayTweeps!

Don’t look now, but the first August mail deadline is just two weeks from today. Without any further ado, here is the mailing information for the Michigan, Twin Cities, and San Francisco 3 Day events!

Michigan:
Postmark deadline: August 7th

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
ATTN: INSERT NAME OF PARTICIPANT
P.O. Box 729
South Lyon, MI 48178

Motown Tweeps:
Jennifer Carbary (@JenCarbary)
Amalia Cochran (@belle_aveccoeur)
Vanessa Dekoekkoek (@designessa)
Michelle Gimbutis (@mgimbutis)
Jeremy King (@kingjere)
Cheryl Pochapin (@6puma)
Terry Shiverdecker (@survivor41007)

 

Twin Cities:
Postmark deadline: August 14th

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
ATTN: INSERT NAME OF PARTICIPANT
P.O. Box 80541
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Twin Cities Tweeps:
Lori Ryan (@Lori3Day)
Alison Scheid (@AllyBird82)

San Francisco:
Postmark deadline: August 28th

Susan G. Komen 3-Day
ATTN: INSERT NAME OF PARTICIPANT
PO Box 720028
San Francisco, CA 94107

City by the Bay Tweeps:
Steph Hart (@EECollegePlan)
Laurie Hecker (@frivlas)
Kacie Kersey (@kaaaaacie)
Faren Shear (@faren800)

As always, please keep in mind that only envelopes will be accepted. So please, no boxes or large packages. Please note: These addresses are not the actual location of the camps for the various events, but a PO Box for mail delivery only. Any mail that is not received by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ by the dates above will be destroyed.

Hope you haven’t run out of stamps yet! Happy writing!

Kristen

 

A Call to Action

November 15th, 2011

coaches@the3day.org

I’ve got a little bit of a sore spot on my heart right now, and I need to talk about it. (You’ll see why I’m using this venue soon, I promise.)

Today, I received an email that made me nearly as happy as our favorite “You’ve received a donation!” emails. Today’s email came with the subject line “Welcome to the Commitment Club”. The email went on to explain that I was part of an “elite group of walkers who go the extra mile for the Susan G Komen 3-Day.” To say I was honored to receive this recognition is an understatement. Yes, I get free towels on the event this year, and yes, I get new flair on my Participant Page and Participant ID…and you all know how much I love my flair. But then I learned that some well-deserving people had been left out, and it made me very, very sad.

That’s why I’m writing here.

From The 3-Day FAQ page:
“There are two ways to qualify for the Commitment Club:

  1. Raise $5,000 or more for the 2012 3-Day season.
  2. Participate as a walker who raises $2,300 or more each year for three or more years, between 2003-2012, including 2012.”

If you read between the lines, you’ll see that an important group of people has, in my opinion, been left out: Crew. Yes, any crew member can qualify under option #1, but as any fundraiser knows, $5000 is a pretty steep sum. But walkers need only raise minimum for three or more events.* Crew aren’t required to raise a penny, but many do. And just as we walkers return year after year to walk and raise money and awareness, some crew also return year after year, even participate multiple events each year, year after year. And they do this is support of walkers. It is my opinion that those crew who go above and beyond also be recognized.

So today I made a call to the 3-Day Coaches. I spoke with the lovely Carla who listened to what I had to say, and she assured me that she would pass my comments on. Thank you, Carla. But I am also going to put my feelings into (more) words and draft an email to the 3-Day Coaches. I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but it’s going to go something like this: The contributions and the commitment of Crew who continue to go above and beyond DO matter. Without these dedicated men and women, this event could not happen. “Membership” in the Commitment Club is an additional level of recognition from an organization and cause that we all cherish, and suddenly that beloved organization has in effect snubbed a group of people with what I believe to be unbalanced qualification standards.”

I know that there is not an answer to make everyone happy, or cover all the bases, but there has to be a solution. I am going to propose that The 3-Day add an option 3. “Participate as a crew member who raises $500 or more each year for three or more years, including the 2012 3-Day season.” You may offer them your own proposal, but that will be mine.

Maybe they won’t use my idea. Maybe they won’t use yours. But I hope they will do something. If we all stand up in support of those who support us, I know that this injustice will be remedied. So I leave it up to you. If you like, I hope you’ll join me. It won’t take long, but it’ll help spread recognition to people who deserve it. Send your email: coaches@the3day.org.

Thank you!
Happy Walking and Crewing!!

Love-
Julie

*(Please do not assume that I don’t think that walking three or more years and raising minimum each year is easy. It’s not. I personally have struggled for every donation. And I’ve also felt the pain and time crunch that is necessary to properly train to walk 60 miles in 3 days. That also is not easy. I am honored to receive this distinction. But I also feel that there have been some who have been left out. Some who also deserve to be recognized.)

Mail Call!

August 7th, 2011

We’re nearly past the first three walks of the season. Chicago is going to wrap up in a few short hours and it looks like the whole Chicago gang has been having a great walk! We just passed the mail deadline for Michigan, which means sending mail to our Twin Cities walkers is up next. I also noticed that the mailing address for Washington is now up on the 3-Day site…so, down to Pink mail business we go!

Twin Cities
Mail deadline: August 9

3-Day for the Cure
ATTN: (Insert Name of Participant)
P.O. Box 25437
Woodbury, MN 55125

Participating Tweeps:
@uniqua1303 (Tania Rossouw)

Many of you may have seen Lori Boemer on the Tweep list for Twin Cities. She is fundraising but Lori won’t be walking or crewing this year because she’s working hard on growing a happy, healthy Baby Boemer. I’m sure she’d still appreciate some Tweep love on Twitter, though…you can find her at @lobo1101 

San Francisco
Mail deadline: August 30

3-Day for the Cure
ATTN: (Insert Name of Participant)
P.O. Box 78294
San Francisco, CA 94107

@3dayjami (Jami Villareal, crew)
@caroleotter (Carole Furr)
@chichimamasDFW (Kristin Shirley)
@Faren800 (Faren Shear, crew)
@frivlas (Laurie Hecker)
Charles Hecker (@frivlas’ son, he’s on Youth Corp…go Charles!)
@jayfurr (Jay Furr)
@way2wild (Sue Ward)
@glancz (Alison Glancz)

Seattle
Mail deadline: September 6

3-Day for the Cure
ATTN: (Insert Name of Participant)
P.O. Box 22636
Seattle, WA 98122

@knittingbagel (Julie Brock)
@nhanderson (Nicole Anderson)
@thatgirlcanwalks (Samantha Duba)
@Tori3Day (Tori Fairhurst)

Washington, DC
Mail deadline: September 13

3-Day for the Cure
ATTN: (Insert Name of Participant)
P.O. Box 417
Gore, VA 22637 

@3daymom (D’lyn Biggs)
@cupcakekristin (Kristin Neely)
@Faren800 (Faren Shear)
@JessicaBoehle (Jessica Boehle)
@lastminutemandy (Mandy Sellers)
@laynefell (Layne Bailey)
@myarmer (Michelle Armer)

Well…what are you waiting for? Go! Get writing!!

Happy mailing!
Love-Julie (@knittingbagel)