Blythe Masters top fundraiser for Komen Race for the Cure

2011 NYC Komen Race for the Cure

While the September 18 race is over, you can still donate to Komen for the Cure through October 31st. Blythe Masters was this years top fundraiser at $235,284.11, with JPMorgan Chase the top fundraising team at $455,654.69. You can make a donation on behalf of Blythe Masters by visiting her pledge page at the New York Komen for the Cure website and following the instructions.

When you make a donation of $250 or more, you become eligible for pledge prizes too – learn more about the $250 challenge here.

Thanks to all those who have already donated!  The race and fundraising efforts have been a tremendous success!  Thanks to your dedication, New York’s Komen for The Cure raised $5.4 million in 2010, allowing us to award $4.8 million in grants this year!

This year’s goal is $6 million.

We need to raise more money than ever so we can help support local organizations providing breast health educational outreach, screening coordination and support and treatment services to underserved residents of the metropolitan area — whose numbers have been rising in these economically difficult times. Money will also go to fund clinical research enrollment and national peer reviewed research.

Read more about supporting Komen for the Cure here.

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2011 Race for the Cure

The 2011 New York Komen Race for the Cure was a huge success.  One of so many fundraisers throughout the world for Komen’s, the New York chapter did its part and more.  Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure., commented, “You see us here today in New York funding so much of the local community. We have over 140 of these events throughout the world today and we are working in over 50 countries.”

The race does more than simply raise money for the cause, it also brings a difficult and historically stigmatized disease into a positive public forum, changing its perception.  Actress Jill Eikenberry, a two-time breast cancer survivor, says she was terrified at first to go public with her illness.  “Every year I’m more heartened by the number of people that turn out because the first time I was diagnosed, this disease was in the closet. Nobody was talking about it,” she said.

Singer Martha Wash, whose biggest hit was “It’s Raining Men,” sang the national anthem for the race. The race stirred memories of a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer more nearly 30 years ago.  “It was just something that wasn’t talked about during that time,” she said. “To see so many people supporting the Susan G. Komen foundation is amazing.”

“We tend to get the most aggressive form of breast cancer and we tend to die more frequently from it,” said actress Gabrielle Union.

Blythe Masters, Head of Global Commodities at JPMorgan Chase, raised the most money for Komen with the JP Morgan Chase team.  “We have 450 running and we already raised $435,000 for the cause and we’re not done yet,” she said.

Congratulations to Komen’s for another fantastic race!

Read and watch great coverage from New York CBS here, and/or read a Race article here in ThirdAge.

Today we’re reprinting another great and inspirational article about Blythe Masters from the Komen NYC website about fundraising for the annual Race for the Cure.  You can read the full article, How They Do It: Blythe Masters, JPMorgan Chase, by clicking on the aforementioned title.  There is still about a month left to fundraise for this year’s race.  We’ll be posting updates as we go – get involved with a great cause!

Blythe Masters and Ginny Clark

Blythe Masters and Ginny Clark, Komen's NYC

“Blythe Masters, JPMorgan Chase’s Global Head of Currencies and Commodities and Chair of the Komen Greater New York City Board of Directors, raised an extraordinary $161,950 for the 2006 Komen New York City Race for the Cure®. She is not only the highest individual fundraiser for the New York City Race but also, potentially, the biggest fundraiser for Komen worldwide.

Masters’ involvement with Komen was triggered about five years ago by two things — one personal, the other professional. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the same time, Lori Hricik, currently JPMorgan Chase CEO/Treasury Services, was drumming up people for the company’s team and invited Masters to a recruitment breakfast. Masters found the experience moving and decided to get involved.

Fueled by her mother’s illness and the fact that breast cancer, unlike so many other diseases, has a viable chance for a cure, she committed herself to raising money for Komen. “I thought it was a cause worth dedicating myself to,” said Masters. “The disease is so pervasive. So many people have been affected by it either directly or indirectly, so they can truly relate to the need to get involved.”

When asked about her fundraising strategies, Masters replied, “This company is amazing. It’s committed to the community where it operates, its employees and its customers.”

JPMorgan Chase sees the challenge of fundraising for the Race in the same way its sees its business challenges. It organized a year-round steering committee made up of representatives of its six major commercial lines, where members create best practices to get the “biggest bang for the buck.”

Masters approached senior managers and convinced them to match employee donations dollar for dollar. In 2006, they committed matching funds totaling $100,000. The program will be continued for the 2007 Race. To keep employees enthusiastic about fundraising, JPMorgan Chase hosts a breakfast, information sessions, a casino night and more.

How can people forming a team be successful?

“It’s about not being bashful,” said Masters. “People are reticent to organize in the workplace, but it’s really beneficial for the organization — whether it’s a company, school or institution. It brings people together.”

Her final advice — “Be brave. Don’t be afraid to ask. Everyone’s been touched by breast cancer.”

Source:  komennyc.org

Members of the Barclays team

Members of the Barclays Capital team

Blythe Masters has consistently been the top fundraiser for Komen’s Race for the Cure.  This article, however, shows how a little good-spirited competition can bring out the best in everyone and, more importantly, raise money for a vital cause.  The story details how Blythe made a challenge to a room full of fundraisers in 2007 to unseat the JP Morgan Chase team as the top fundraising team in the race.   Joseph Gold, Managing Director and Head of Capital & Liquidity Management at Barclays Capital (who is also now a Komen Greater NYC Board member and Audit Committee Chair), took Blythe up on the challenge and raised $90,000 in a week for the Komen Greater NYC Race.  Despite his valiant efforts, however, JP Morgan finished out that year and the next two as the top fundraiser.

This finally changed in 2010 when Barclays Capital raised an astounding $290, 822.27 for the 2010 Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, outperforming their nearest rival, JPMorgan Chase by $46,000!

“Four years ago in 2007, I issued a challenge during a luncheon at JPMorgan Chase,” said Blythe Masters, Komen Greater NYC Board Chair and Head of Global Commodities at J.P.Morgan.  “In that room was Joe Gold of Barclays Capital, who took me at my word.  It took Joe and the Barclays team three years to best Chase, but they did it and I congratulate them.”

Who will win the honor this year?  If you would like to make a donation on behalf of Blythe Mastersclick here.

The Top 2010 Fundraising Teams are as follows:

  1. Barclays Capital ($290,822.27)
  2. JPMorgan Chase ($244,724.26)
  3. Goldman Sachs Team ($105,086.86)
  4. The T-Birds ($101,131.37)
  5. The Women’s Syndicate Association – “WSA” ($61,530.11)
  6. Lion Heart ($47,020.00)
  7. PepsiCo ($45,881.00)
  8. Elizabeth Miller’s Home for the Cure Team ($42,400.00)
  9. Continuum Cancer Centers Team ($34,586.13)
  10. NYC Young Professionals Committee ($27,570.00)

The Top 2010 Fundraising Individuals are:

  1. Blythe Masters ($137,600.00)
  2. Theresa Lana ($37,368.00)
  3. Kathleen Wilson ($30,294.11)
  4. Stacy Bash-Polley ($25,000.00)
  5. Kathleen van Rijn ($22,032.00)
  6. Joseph Gold ($21,920.00)
  7. Ilyne Weinstein ($21,050.00)
  8. Martha Beard ($20,450.00)
  9. Ayala Deutsch ($17,282.00)
  10. William Shelton ($16,800.00)

Read the full article here.

If you live in the New York area and would like to participate in the Komen’s 2011 Race for the Cure on the JPMorgan team, click here.

Blythe Masters JP Morgan Chase race team Komen for the Cure

JP Morgan Chase Komen for the Cure race team

September 18th at 9a.m. in Central Park is the 2011 Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, an event to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. JPMorgan Chase has organized a team to participate in the race; if you live in the New York area and wish to join, click herefor more information.

Blythe Masters has currently raised over $70,000 – far and away the top fundraiser thus far for the event. In addition to her efforts this year, Blythe has consistently been the top fundraiser since she became a part of the organization in 2003. Congratulations to Blythe for her continued support of this valuable cause. If you would like to make a donation on behalf of Blythe Masters to Komen for the Cure, click here.

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For more information on the Race for the Cure, click here or read below.

“Lace up your sneakers and register now because Sunday, September 18 is Race Day!

Thanks to your dedication, we raised $5.4 million last year and awarded $4.8 million in grants this year! To encourage you to raise even more, we are adding a major new feature to this year’s event: a fantastic new Pledge Prize Program with more levels, 10 or more prizes to choose from at each level, and greater opportunity to earn prizes.

Take our $250 Challenge – just raise $250 and you’ll be eligible to choose a reward that’s perfect for you. We have simple Fundraising Tips to help you as well as many letters you can email that will be available to you in your own Race Participant Center after you register. Remember, registering gets us to the start line, fundraising gets us to the cures!

We are bringing back the Survivor Race T-Shirt Fashion Show and the Survivor Parade, both inaugurated last year and big successes. Be sure to join us in the Bandshell after the Race for both.

We look forward to the return of all of our teams, individuals, Co-Survivors, and especially our Survivors, as well as seeing a lot of new faces. Just click on the appropriate button on the right and get started –register or donate, it’s never too soon to run breast cancer out of town!”

We’ll be featuring more information about Komen’s Race for the Cure as we lead up to this year’s event.

Please read Blythe Masters‘ personal message on the Susan G Komen for the Cure Greater New York City website. She is Board Chair and once again the Top Fundraiser thus far for 2011. The ‘Race for the Cure‘ is coming up on September 18 in Central Park – join now! Our next post will provide more details.

Read the excerpt below from Blythe’s message or the entire post here:

“I am deeply committed to this cause not only because my mother, thankfully, is a survivor but because breast cancer, unlike many other diseases, has a viable chance for a cure in our lifetimes and can be successfully treated if caught early. It is also a disease which disproportionately harms the underserved in our communities.

My roles at JPMorgan Chase and with Komen Greater New York City have given me a much deeper understanding of the disease, as well an enormous appreciation and respect for the survivors, for those who have cared for – and lost – loved ones to the disease, and for the activists and staff who work tirelessly to raise the level of understanding about breast cancer within our local communities. Breast cancer kills many because they lack access to preventive care and treatment. Providing help for today and hope for tomorrow is what Komen does best.”

Read the entire post here.