Top 10 Most Successful Athletic Fundraising Events in America

The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council (formerly known as the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum) has become an invaluable resource to those professionals seeking information on the top athletic fundraisi

The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council (formerly known as the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum) has become an invaluable resource to those professionals seeking information on the top athletic fundraising events in the nation. American Charities which collect over $1 billion annually are acknowledged to help professionals become more successful in their trade. Conferences, workshops, webinars and online services are provided to educate and guide them toward outstanding achievement. Not only that, but those charities that excel are noticed and given recognition for their philanthropic approach to supporting those in need and helping find cures for the most death-defying illnesses that are wreaking havoc throughout the world.

The Peer-to-Peer Fundraising 30, which is revised and published annually, makes note of those organizations by which contribute the most revenue for their said charity. Based on these rankings I was able to comprise a list of the top 10 most successful athletic fundraising events in America. Enough said, let's get down to it. Enclosed is a list based on the rankings of 2013.

10 $57.3 million,  Walk to End Alzheimer, Alzheimer's Association

In 1979, Jerome H. Stone founded the Alzheimer's Association. As President, Mr. Stone and supporters formed an alliance with Federal efforts to create an organization that would help not only find a cure to end Alzheimer's, but would support those suffering and their families. At present, there are 75 chapters that expand over the whole of the nation.

9 $58.5 million, Light the Night Walk, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Participants from over 200 communities join annually in the fall to walk to help raise funds to find a cure for blood cancer. 2013 was an astounding year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. After all, 200,000 inspiring walkers in 177 events raised $58.5 million to support those in need of care, their families and friends, and to help fund research to find a cure for the many children who are diagnosed with the disease yearly.

8 $66.2 million, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society

In the past, the American Cancer Society has taken strides to help people better understand the devastation of cancer. It is an organization comprised of people who genuinely care and want to make a difference in the health of the many who are affected by this disease. The event held annually in over 300 communities, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, is one of the many inspiring group efforts to end the war on cancer that the organization holds nationwide.

7 $71.8 million, Team in Training, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

It was 1988 when Bruce Cleveland decided to act on his daughter's illness,she was diagnosed with Leukemia at a very young age, so he gathered a group of like-minded individuals and formed a team to run in the New York City marathon. Together they raised funds to give to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's efforts to help find a cure. In the end, 38 runners raised $322,000 to give back.

6 $78 million, Walk to Cure Diabetes, JDFR

"Turning Type I Into Type None," so the saying goes. What would a world be like without Type I Diabetes (T1D)? The JDFR Walk to Cure Diabetes' mission is just that; to help find a cure for T1D.

What is T1D? It is by definition, "an autoimmune disease where a person's pancreas loses its ability to produce insulin." It, unlike Type II Diabetes, is unrelated to diet and lifestyle.

5 $83.1 million, Bike MS, National MS Society

Bike MS (Multiple Sclerosis) made it fifth on the list of the most successful fundraising events in the nation due to its recognition by so many participants who trained throughout the year in support of the 100 events across the country.

Thirty years ago a man named Will Munger and his ten year old son decided to bike their trip home from Duluth to Minneapolis (a total of 150 miles). In two days, they made the hike. Their thoughts on the venture took them to new heights and before long, Bike MS was born. That was thirty years ago. Now, over 996,643 participants and 96 events later, the National MS Society has raised over $1 billion since 1980, the first official ride. Today there is at least one ride in every state.

4 $100.7 million, March for Babies, March of Dimes

March for Babies has been around since 1970, eleven years after Dr. Apga joined the March of Dimes. As Vice President for Medical Affairs and a leading publicist for birth defects, Dr. Apga struck a chord after devising a campaign that reached out to the medical field. The campaign ordered for immunization for rubella, an establishment of birth defect registries, and insisted genetic and pregnancy history be made routine of medical keeping for pregnant women. These days, after reinventing the mission numerous times, the March of Dimes and the March for Babies provides support for community programs helping mothers have happy, healthy pregnancies. Not only that, but the money raised through the organization and through the March for Babies helps expecting mothers and mothers to be become hopeful that their babies won't be born too soon.

3 $105.6 million, Heart Walk, American Heart Association

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the number one killer of all Americans. Stroke is number 4. These are the reasons why the Heart Walk is ranked number 3 on the list. So many people suffer from cardiovascular disease and many people have the potential to receive it through their genetic history, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. The American Heart Association needs your help!

2 $106.8 million, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Susan G. Komen

1 $380 million, Relay for Life, American Cancer Society

In honor of cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost, the Relay for Life was developed. It is an exuberating event that takes place on a track, in the woods, on a trail, or at a park or fairground. An overnight extravaganza, the Relay for Life unites individuals one night, for 24 hours, as teams take turns walking the distance in honor of their loved ones, friends, families and co-workers who have been devastated by this horrific disease.

The Survivor's Lap is the first lap around the course. This is the lap that which honors all cancer survivors. Following is the Luminaria Lap. This takes place after dark to remember those we have lost, those who have fought the battle and those who are fighting. During this ceremonious trip, candles are lit inside personalized bags. Finally, there is the Fight Back Ceremony. This rally brings everyone in to kick cancer in its butt. It is a symbol of our strength ad courage to move forward and commit to help end the war on cancer.


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