IIABCal Members and YBA Committee Raise Almost $8K for Susan G Komen for the Cure®

By Joe Hamilton, YBA Committee Vice Chair

Each year, the YBA Committee chooses a project that will be something above and beyond the normal call of duty (which is helping to plan and organize an award-winning conference).  This year’s choice was an easy one.  The idea was to honor a colleague and friend, Barbara Zimmerman, who was an integral part of the IBA West team, and lost her battle with cancer in December of 2008.  The Committee decided to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® 5K walks all across the great state of California.  Some of the different local associations worked very hard to put together teams for the walks, as well as fundraise for each of their respective events in their area.  The results were amazing.

  • Fresno - The Fresno walk took place on Oct. 23r.  Fresno had 15 walkers and raised $725 for Susan G. Komen.  The participants had a great time as they walked 3.2 miles through Fresno State’s campus.
  • San Francisco - On Sept. 26, 8 people joined together to walk on a beautiful sunny San Francisco day.  The walk took place by the waterfront and extended right around AT&T ballpark, home of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.  Congratulations to the Giants and congratulations to the IBA West Bay Area local associations in working hard and raising $1,190.
  • Sacramento - The Sacramento walk was held on May 8..  Congratulations to Sacramento as they were able to get 21 walkers to join them on their day.  Sacramento raised $1,276 in support of this great cause.
  • San Diego - The San Diego walk was held on Nov. 7.  There were 9 faithful walkers who gathered for this day in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego.  A walk through the historic park even involved a sighting of Ali and Roberto from the most recent season of The Bachelorette.  San Diego was able to raise $1,396 for breast cancer and had a lot of fun.
  • Los Angeles - Congratulations Los Angeles! In the competitive spirit of the whole project, Los Angeles was able to raise the most money.  Coming in $3,242, the L.A. local associations also recruited 20 walkers on March 14. 

Overall, this was a smashing success.  A huge thank you goes out to all of those people (you know who you are) who were able to organize and plan these special days in your areas.  In all, the committee project raised a grand total of $7,829 for this cause and 73 people walked across the state of California.  Whether you were able to walk or donated, the YBA Committee would like to express our deepest gratitude in your efforts.  So many of you stepped up to the call to support a great cause as well as honor a wonderful person.  Barbara, we miss you very much, but we will remember you always.