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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.
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.