Featured MORE THAN PINK Walk Team:
WaterStone Bank is passionate about supporting the communities they serve throughout Southeast Wisconsin. They work every day to promote, champion and financially support causes that are near to their employees, customers and communities — that’s why supporting the Susan G. Komen MORE THAN PINK Walk is a perfect fit for them.
WaterStone Bank not only sponsors the community pillar at the Walk, they also create their own Walk team and fundraise before the event.
“So many local neighbors and families are affected by breast cancer. Personally, I’ve lost a very close friend to breast cancer, and I’ve been devoted to supporting Komen and the Walk ever since,” said Julie Glynn, vice president, retail. “With WaterStone Bank’s support, we can continue to fundraise, strengthen community bonds, and strive toward our goal of finding a cure for breast cancer.”
For WaterStone Bank, involvement in the MORE THAN PINK Walk doesn’t just begin and end with Walk Day.
“There’s great excitement leading up to the Walk with various employee fundraising events like cookouts, bake sales, jean days and more. It’s fun to participate in and support those. It’s even more fun to track the fundraising dollars generated from those events. Participating in the Walk is like the grand finale,” said Julie.
On Walk Day, participants can visit team WaterStone Bank at the community pillar tent. The community pillar represents the support Komen gives to everyone, no matter where they are in their breast cancer journey. Komen Wisconsin and WaterStone Bank are committed to providing a safe place to share, support and find the strength to move forward.
“Every participant arrives at the Walk with a unique background and motivation. Once you step foot on the event grounds, suddenly all 6,000 participants are united as one to support those fighting the disease, celebrate the survivors, and someday eradicate the disease all together,” said Julie.
One of the best parts of Walk Day for WaterStone Bank is personally connecting with those who are affected by breast cancer and showing their support in-person for those that live in the communities they serve.
WaterStone Bank invites all Walk participants to stop by the community pillar tent on Walk Day to say hi and learn more about Komen’s mission.
To register for the Southeast Wisconsin MORE THAN PINK Walk on September 22 at Henry Maier Festival Park, click here.
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Year after year Associated Bank and their employees go above and beyond in the fight against breast cancer as a proud sponsor of the Southeast Wisconsin MORE THAN PINK Walk (formerly Race for the Cure).
But their determination doesn’t just stop with a Walk Day sponsorship. For over 10 years, Associated Bank employees have rallied an enthusiastic team to walk and fundraise important lifesaving dollars. Last year their team raised $6,477.92, almost $1,500 over their original fundraising goal.
This year, Associated Bank kicked off their Walk team in a special way by inviting Komen Wisconsin staff to speak at their lunch and learn event. At the event, employees learned about breast self-awareness and the work that is powered by their Komen fundraising dollars.
“It’s very powerful to know the impact we can make,” said Wendy Carlson, VP of private banking. “Almost everyone has a connection to breast cancer. Having the ability to make a difference by raising money for local programs and national research really makes us feel like the work we’re doing as a team and as a company is important.”
In addition to being a generous Walk sponsor and lacing up their own walking shoes on Walk Day, Associated Bank employees take their support a step further by volunteering in a variety of ways before the walk and on the day of the event.
With the help of Associated Bank and their wealth of support, Komen Wisconsin is able to help local neighbors in need by funding breakthrough breast cancer research and funding lifesaving services through the Komen Wisconsin Breast Cancer Assistance Fund.
“Our team is determined to raise money for breast cancer research,” said team captain Christine Hauski. “We also walk because we want to help educate our friends, family and colleagues about the importance of being proactive when it comes to breast health.”
Be sure to stop by Gear Check on Walk Day and say hi to our friends at Associated Bank! Thank you Associated Bank for all of your generous support.
In December 2016, Bonnie Kiss was diagnosed with lobular invasive carcinoma — just five days before Christmas and seven days before her 59th birthday. From the beginning of her fight, she was determined to not let her breast cancer diagnosis define her.
She was also determined to make the most of her diagnosis by helping others in her community who were walking the same path she has. The September following her diagnosis, Bonnie asked her daughters to support her and walk alongside her at the Race for the Cure (now MORE THAN PINK Walk).
Ever since that first walk in 2017, Bonnie’s team — Forever Grateful — has walked year after year, raising essential lifesaving dollars in the fight against breast cancer.
“I knew I wanted to fundraise and pay it forward for someone else, so that they could hopefully have a great outcome like I did,” Bonnie said.
To date, Forever Grateful has raised over $12,500 for the MORE THAN PINK Walk since its start in 2017. Even more impressive, Bonnie herself has raised over $11,600 for the Walk since 2017.
“Our motivation to fundraise is knowing that a simple ask of a donation can make a big difference in someone else’s life,” Bonnie said.
FRIENDS For LIFE
FRIENDS For LIFE is leading the charge when it comes to raising essential lifesaving dollars in the fight against breast cancer. For the last 12 years, FRIENDS For LIFE has gathered dedicated walkers to join them at the MORE THAN PINK Walk. Last year their team boasted over 70 team members.
“Our team is unique as it was started by two dear friends after one was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said team captain Beth Stillmank. “Year after year the team grew, not only in team members, but also in survivors — and all the survivors uniquely have some connection to one another by threads of coincidence.”
Last year, the team collectively raised $36,479.20. FRIENDS For LIFE team member and breast cancer survivor Joan Saperstein was also the top fundraiser for the 2018 Walk, raising nearly $24,000.
“Our goal is to raise funds to find a cure so that no one else has to go through what our team’s survivors have and to fund research to find more treatments to save lives,” said Beth.
According to Beth, being a part of a MORE THAN PINK Walk team is wonderful and meaningful. Here are a few of her tips for organizing a successful team:
- Start a spreadsheet. That is the only way to keep in touch with a teammate from year to year. Each year there are a few more members, the team grows slowly, and you don’t want to miss inviting anyone to walk.
- When someone registers, send an email of welcome – let them know they are appreciated. If they have also donated, be sure to thank them for their donation in the same note.
- Thank your donors as many times as you can. Send an immediate email of thanks, then send a handwritten note of thanks. Finally, be sure to thank your donors when you see them or talk to them on the phone.
- Honor your survivors. Our beautiful survivors have such courage and strength. Say a few words when you gather before the Walk. Let your survivors know that everyone on the team admires and loves them.
- Finally, know that the staff at Komen is there to answer your questions and they will do it with a smile – there is no staff as helpful and as upbeat as the women at the Komen office.