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  1. #1
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    Team in Training minimums?

    Can anyone give me a feel for what the Team in Training minimums are?

    My family (both hubby's side and mine) are very committed to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, so I know I can raise a decent chunk, but I need to know if the minimum is just going to be a stretch or will it lead to a moment of hyperventilation?

    Does it matter if the ride is close or far away?

    Thanks!

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    I can't speak to what the minimums might be, but I can speak as a part donor to friends' rides. The society does great work, I'm sure. But they were, to put it mildly, obnoxious to those who had donated. They called repeatedly, hung up on our voicemail and were quite rude when we were finally home to answer and chose not to donate again. I feel like if I donate to anyone again, I will subject myself to another round of their fundraising - and I'm not in a hurry to do that.
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    I didn't realize that.

    We're on our fourth year for Light the Night, so I might just ask previous donors if this has happened to them. Of course, last year and this year have pretty much been my brother's Iron Chef party that he throws to raise money, so they don't have too many people to bug. The local LLS people have been pretty nice when they've called, and they're usually the ones calling. Hopefully it's a regional thing, not a nationwide thing?

    (That said, I want to know. And I will say something to them if I find out they're pestering people.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueberry View Post
    I can't speak to what the minimums might be, but I can speak as a part donor to friends' rides. The society does great work, I'm sure. But they were, to put it mildly, obnoxious to those who had donated. They called repeatedly, hung up on our voicemail and were quite rude when we were finally home to answer and chose not to donate again. I feel like if I donate to anyone again, I will subject myself to another round of their fundraising - and I'm not in a hurry to do that.
    Interesting. I wonder if that varies from chapter to chapter. I've given in the past to a handful of diffrent chapters and while I've gotten various emails and mailings from them, no one has ever called.
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    I've never gotten calls either. But would not be happy with the treatment described if I had gotten them. That is something they (or their chapter) should know about.

    More importantly, as I seem to always be fundraising (as is evident in my signature), I want to hear more about this Iron Chef party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possegal View Post
    More importantly, as I seem to always be fundraising (as is evident in my signature), I want to hear more about this Iron Chef party.
    The first year, it wasn't a fundraiser. It just seemed like a fun idea to get together. My brother (so not the cook) ended up being one of the chefs, and he competed against a friend of his. I think that was the same year that my dh was treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and 3 weeks after he finished treatment (now at 3 years remission, if all the August scans are clear!), my mom was diagnosed with a nasty form of leukemia. She died 5 weeks later.

    (I mentioned that LLS was personal, right?)

    So the next year, he organized it again (refusing to be the chef this time!), but put a dollar amount on it that would go toward our Light the Night fundraising efforts. I can't remember what he raised that year, but I think it was in the realm of $500ish. The next year I want to say it was around $800.

    This year, he had a wait list, charged $40 a head, and after food costs (plus some matching funds), he raised almost $1200 this year. He's the consummate salesman, so he's managed to find different places to use that have enough seating and kitchen space for free.

    He picks out an ingredient (one year chocolate, one year coke, one year white wine), and gives the "chefs" a month to prepare their menu (so it's not a last minute discovery). They prepare an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The attendees vote on which of each course is best. The first year, when he was the reluctant chef, he was voted best entree but got beat on appetizer and dessert. It's just a big social night, and they always have fun.

    I'm thinking about doing a kids' version. Not 100% sure what it would look like, but I think I'd ask for a donation from each cooking participant, as well as one the judges (which, according to my kids, should also be kids). Let all the kids compete, since with kids, they'd have more fun cooking than just eating. Granted, I'm still working out the kinks on that one.

    Hope that helps! I'm also crocheting things that I can sell. I've got a friend who is looking for something to do with her "projects" as well, so I might also try some kind of silent auction. (Can you tell I'm trying to come up with ideas to make up for the huge minimum I'm expecting?)

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    Your Iron Chef party sounds like great fun!

    I am sorry to read about your mom. I'm glad though that your DH is doing well. Good luck with all of your efforts. It's clearly a worthy cause.
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    That party idea is very cool. I may have to try this for next year (running out of time for this August). I bet I could get my family on board for something like this.
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    Fundraising minimums vary, depending on the event. For instance, if travel or hotel rooms are included, the minimum will be higher. Your best bet is to check with the TNT chapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmyguys View Post
    Can anyone give me a feel for what the Team in Training minimums are?

    My family (both hubby's side and mine) are very committed to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, so I know I can raise a decent chunk, but I need to know if the minimum is just going to be a stretch or will it lead to a moment of hyperventilation?

    Does it matter if the ride is close or far away?

    Thanks!
    I think the minimums vary by event.

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