Area Komen group stays strong

While some Susan G. Komen for the Cure events across the nation have taken a hit, have downsized or even been canceled, local events in Charlotte are still going strong, thanks in large part to south Charlotte-based BCC Rally.

The solely volunteer-based organization that started out of Ballantyne Country Club and has rallied support all over the city will celebrate 10 years this year and is expected to exceed a 10-year goal to raise $1 million, Sue Dockstader, BCC Rally board president, said. The effort started in 2004, when a group of friends raised $1,000 for a small raffle, which they sent off to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Now the nonprofit group has expanded its efforts, hosting a week of events every fall to help educate the community by spreading awareness of breast cancer and to raise funds for those battling the disease.

The 10th-annual BCC Rally for Rally for the Cure will be held Sept. 22 to 28 and features five events including family activities, lady’s tennis, lady’s golf and luncheon, men’s golf and an evening gala. Since 2004, the group has raised $934,000, last year raising $215,000 alone, with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“We’ve been extremely lucky over the years and have always had phenomenal support from the local community,” Dockstader said.

With their efforts, BCC Rally has been named the most successful fundraising organization in the national Rally for the Cure program since 2008. Along with the annual events, Dockstader said the organization’s Pink Bow Campaign in October also has contributed to their success. Volunteers at Ballantyne Country Club started in 2008 tying pink bows to their mailboxes, a trend that has grown exponentially, Dockstader said, last year spreading to 60 neighborhoods, 45 businesses and 16 schools in eight different countries and 30 different states.

“Our goal is to try and ‘pink-up’ as much of Charlotte and the rest of the country as we can. The great thing about the bows is that it is a very manageable price point,” Dockstader said. “By buying a bow, people can participate in the cause in some way.”

Susan G. Komen Charlotte currently supports resources and education for women from Charlotte and 13 different surrounding counties – four more counties than years past, Dockstader said. Now more than ever it’s important for the BCC Rally to create more money for Susan G. Komen Charlotte to reach women throughout the area, she added.

Planning for September events already is under way, but BCC Rally is looking for more help. Whether giving of money or time, Dockstader said they need the community’s help to make this year’s events successful. Organizers are currently seeking business partners and sponsors to help raise additional funds, as well as advertisers, volunteers and silent auction donations.

“Obviously, the more money we raise, the more people we can help. We are motivated to raise as much money as we can,” Dockstader said. “We hope the momentum we’ve created will keep going. As far as we’re concerned, there can never be too much pink, until we find a cure for breast cancer.”

Find out more on the organization’s website, www.bccrally.org.

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