Thank You to the 2009 Race Teams

Beverly Dalton and part of the USPS team

The Team Captains for the Orange County Race for the Cure rock! There is no other way to describe them. They get results . . . teams with lots of people, teams that raise money to fight breast cancer, teams that may be small but are mighty with spirit. Team members account for about half of the participants at Race for the Cure in September each year. They account for immeasurable enthusiasm; displaying Komen pride and corporate pride with rallies, team t-shirts, creative fund raising and fun costumes on the Race course.

The overall largest team for 2009 was from the United States Postal Service. Yes, they deliver for Komen – a team with 976 members! Long-time team captain for the post office is Beverly Dalton. Thanks to Beverly and every member of the team.

The team that raised the most money overall was Team PIMCO, with an amazing total of $71,946.56. Thank you! That money will make a huge difference to women in Orange County, helping to fund breast health education, screening and treatment.

The very results-oriented Team PIMCO

More Volunteers to Love

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Jill Jelnick with Cindy Brenneman

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Lisa Wolter with James Kawakami

Here are more special people who were honored for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Komen Orange County Affiliate. The party at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana gave everyone a chance to socialize, eat great food and share their passion for Komen. “We are continuously humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from our volunteers, who are so vital to our work in finding a cure for breast cancer,” said Lisa Wolter, Executive Director.

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Jill Jelnick: Jill is a senior at Aliso Niguel High School and has been volunteering with Komen for the past six years to honor her grandmother, who passed away from breast cancer. She is the founding president of the Pink Ribbon Club at her school.

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Daniel Angarita: Daniel is a senior at Cal State Fullerton and a new volunteer this year. He gave his time and talent as a videographer for the Pink Tie Ball and Race for the Cure.

The Promise of One Award, Pat MacKenzie, Huntington Beach: Pat has volunteered for the Race for the Cure for the past 17 years, taking on responsibilities for set up, clean up, and everything in between. She has also given her time to the Pink Tie Ball and Breast Health Symposium committees with a willingness to fill any role needed.

The Promise of One Award, James Kawakami, Costa Mesa: Kawakami has been a volunteer for the past eight years, performing various vital roles at the Race for the Cure. He draws inspiration from his mother, who passed away in 2001 after living with breast cancer for 18 years. His attention to detail and enthusiasm for any task makes even trash duty fun and important.

Applause for Volunteers

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ED Lisa Wolter with Jill Krum.

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Cindy Brenneman with Marica Pendjer.

How do you say thank you? Often and with heartfelt sincerity.  In the case of the Komen Orange County Affiliate, you say thank you to volunteers with a little party and awards.

On a recent night at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Cindy Brenneman, Komen’s Director of Volunteer Services, put her appreciation into words. “It takes a village. I am so inspired and impressed by our volunteers, some who have been involved for over 18 years and many who have just started. Without each and every one of our volunteers, the Komen Mission would not have the momentum and global recognition it has.”

Cindy calculated that volunteers in Orange County gave 22,863 hours in the past year to help with Race for the Cure, office duties and at countless health fairs, events and meetings.  Volunteers spotlighted with awards included:

Volunteer of the Year –Jill Krum. Jill has been a Komen volunteer for 10 years,  helping at the Race, in the office and at health fairs. She is passionate about breast health education and awareness.

Komen Warrior Award – Marica Pendjer. Marica started as a volunteer with the 1999 Race and hasn’t stopped since. She has served as president of the Board, Race Chair and has been a grant reviewer, committee chair for Pink Tie Ball and the Breast Health Symposium,  to name a few of her contributions.

Join this distinguished group! Go to and click on Volunteering for an application.

Tough Guys with a Soft Side

L to R, Braden Peters, Fire Capt. Jeff Peters, firefighter Andrew Harris, firefighter Philip Storey, firefighter/parramedic Anthony Vitello

L to R, Braden Peters, Fire Capt. Jeff Peters, firefighter Andrew Harris, firefighter Philip Storey, firefighter/paramedic Anthony Vitello

Firefighters are tough guys who do tough work, right? It turns out that they clean up well AND they have a soft side. The Komen Orange County Affiliate was blessed to have members of the Costa Mesa fire department on hand at Race for the Cure as volunteer “Tux Men.” The Tux Men and Tux Women assist during the Survivor Tribute – escorting survivors safely up the stairs and to their seats, wearing formal attire as one more way to honor the ladies in pink.

When Costa Mesa Captain Jeff Peters was asked to volunteer, he recruited a rookie fireman and his teen-aged son (Tesoro High School), then brought two more firefighters along for good measure.  Were these “tough guys” touched by the emotional tribute? Yes, just like the rest of us.

Capt. Peters said after the Race: “What was truly eye opening was how many peoples’ lives this disease touches. You hear the commercials and the statistics and you know it is a big disease, but seeing the people firsthand and their supporters really brings it home.”

“Watching all the survivors walking up had me happy and sad at the same time. I found myself smiling and crying. Me and my son knew two of the survivors.”

“We were a very small part of this event but it appeared the ladies enjoyed having us there and we enjoyed being there to assist them,” Capt. Peters said. Sounds like a repeat volunteer, doesn’t he? In fact, both Jeff and Braden Peters plan to volunteer again at the 2010 Race.

Thank you to the firefighters and all the Race volunteers, and to Friar Tux for donating the classy tuxedos.

A Big Cheer Back at You

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Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders at the Race

Did you notice all the high school students at Race for the Cure? Being at the Orange County Race as a volunteer is now cool, and the OC Affiliate is better for it. One group, the Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders, has been volunteering for Komen for five years. Besides volunteering at the Race, the cheerleaders have helped out at events at Angels stadium and the Honda Center, to name a few. They give meaning to the word “pep.”

 For many of the Costa Mesa cheerleaders, and for their coach, breast cancer has touched someone in their family or circle of loved ones. It has become personal. They’ve learned about their risks and about breast health, along with cheer routines. The high school added a Pink Ribbon Club last year.  Pink Ribbon Clubs are the perfect way for high school girls to learn awareness, do community service and raise funds to fight breast cancer.

 To learn about volunteer openings at the Komen Orange County Affiliate, visit, and to see all the cool activities at Pink Ribbon Clubs, go to

 Join us in giving a spirited thank you to the Costa Mesa cheerleaders and all the other squads who bring energy and service to the Race.

Race for the Cure Photos!

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Check out the amazing photos our volunteer photographer Mascha Martinez took on Race Day!

Wine Tasting for Komen

Taste wine and nibble yummy restaurant appetizers  – while raising dollars for the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure. Talk about a win-win! There are a few $35 tickets remaining for a Wine Tasting Benefit on Tuesday, October 6, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 The wines to be tasted are from Fleming Jenkins Vineyards, founded by Olympian Peggy Fleming and her husband. Peggy, who won Olympic gold in 1968 for women’s figure skating, is a breast cancer survivor who champions the importance of early detection. (Always a high scorer herself, her 2007 Chardonnay scored 93 points by the Wine Enthusiast.)

 The event is the smart idea of Race for the Cure team “Think Pink” #2231, and the profits from the wine tasting will be donated to Komen Orange County in support of their team. The Wine Tasting Benefit will be at The Rooftop Sky Garden, 3161 Michelson Avenue, in Irvine. For tickets, contact Gail Ross or Annalyn Goodwin at 949-451-3800.

 Race Teams and individuals have until October 16 to raise pledge dollars for awards and incentive prizes. Don’t stop now!

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