Cathy’s Plano Race Blog: A little competition goes a long way!

A message from Cathy, our Plano Race for the Cure blogger:

Team-TI-photosExperiences are enhanced when shared.  Team members can raise funds, walk, and encourage each other.  Teams come in all shapes and sizes.  There are large corporate teams, religious teams, school teams, and groups of friends who band together to form a team.

One outstanding team is Team TI.  Texas Instruments not only sponsors the Plano Race for the Cure, but they also form one of the largest and highest fundraising teams.  I spoke with Melanie Sinclair, one of three Team TI co-Captains, to get some insight into what makes Team TI so successful each year.

Melanie said Team TI began in 2008 when the TI Women’s Initiative formed a Race team; since then, TI’s involvement has continued to grow.  In 2008, they raised $5,000.  Last year Team, TI had 424 participants and raised $56,124.71!

I asked Melanie to share how her team has raised money.  Some of their fundraisers included:

  • Bake sales
  • Silent auctions
  • Popcorn socials
  • Bubble tea sale
  • Ice cream and fruit social
  • Lemonade stands
  • Spare change jars
  • Dodgeball games
  • Carnivals

Melanie also had great advice for forming and encouraging a team:

  • Ask!!!  Don’t assume who will and won’t want to participate.
  • Tap into your personal and professional networks.
  • Use social media.
  • Be appropriate – don’t push, but put it out there.  People will be encouraged to join if they feel connected to your cause.
  • Team Captains should send regular emails to team members with snippets of breast health information – this helps spread awareness and encourages others to get involved!

I can’t wait to see how Team TI does this year – I know they’ll be easy to spot at the Plano Race as one of the largest teams in their bright Team TI t-shirts!

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