Local businesses team up for a Cure

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MANCHESTER - On Saturday, July 17, at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the color dominating the course at the Hildene Meadows will be pink. But there will be other colors dotting the landscape, as local businesses and groups show up sporting team colors, all in an effort to help raise money to fight breast cancer.

The Race for the Cure Team Challenge attracts hundreds of people to the Race each year as businesses and organizations get together and raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. They range from very large, like Orvis, which brings over 100 employees to the Race, to very small, like TPW Management, which has a team of eight. The team challenge is especially key with local businesses, as they use it as an outlet to help support the local Race.

Two local businesses that always come out in force are Orvis and the Vermont Country Store. Last year the two companies brought the two largest teams to the Race, and look on par to do the same this year. Orvis, which is also a sponsor of the event, has 106 employees already signed up for Saturday's race.

"Orvis is really interested in being part of the community," said Team co-captain Beverly Kerr. "We have some breast cancer survivors in the Orvis family, our employees have been really enthusiastic about the Race."

Kerr stressed that because so many of the employees or their families have been touched by the disease, Orvis feels that it is very important to show their support.

Chrissy Carroccio, the captain of the TPW Management team also stressed the importance of showing support for the members of the TPW family that have been affected.

"We all know someone who has been affected, so that gets people involved," said Carroccio. "A number of employees who cannot make it to the Race donated money to show support for the team."

The support that these companies show, not only for the cause, but for their fellow employees is part of what makes the team challenge so meaningful. Companies have a highly visible way to show their support.

"People are usually part of a team because it is memory or support of someone they know," said Linda Maness, Co-Chair of the Teams Committee for the Race for the Cure. "It is a way for businesses to support and celebrate a person."

The team challenge is not only for businesses, local organizations and families get involved as well. The Southern Vermont Medical Center and Rutland Regional Medical Center both bring large teams to Manchester. Team Severance, a team in remembrance of local resident Hope Severance, brought 77 people to the Race last year.

This year Burr and Burton will field an organizational team for the first time, the BBA Bosom Buddies. Started by Rebecca Halnon, the team has already fundraised over $2000 and Halnon hopes that it gets some people out who otherwise wouldn't attend the race.

"I think that the thought of a team adds a little more fun for people," said Halnon. "The Race is a good fundraiser, but it also is a great support service for women."

In addition to getting people out and showing support for friends and colleagues, the Race for the Cure Committee is hoping that team's embrace the new fundraising challenge. This year, the team prizes will be awarded based on how much money a team raises, not the size of the team. Maness is hoping that each team member embraces the Power of 10 challenge, where each registrant asks 10 people for $10 in an easy way to raise $100. All of the women interviewed stressed how important it was to support the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, because all the money raised stays towards helping fighting breast cancer in the state. The team challenge gives local businesses, organizations and men and women an opportunity to support these brave women and the organization that is trying to help them.

"This is very much a locally grown event," said Maness. "Manchester and the Mountains just come out in force."


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