Vt. Race for the Cure sees fundraising decline
MANCHESTER — The Komen Vermont Race for the Cure, hosted at Hildene on July 28, raised about $185,000, according to Debbie Peretz, president of the Vermont-New Hampshire Komen affiliate.
Peretz said last week that no goal had been set for this year because organizers were expecting a drop after the national affiliate attracted national criticism for withdrawing and then restoring funding to Planned Parenthood.
However, Peretz said the cash raised on race day was down about 33 percent from the same total in 2011. Participation, which was almost 1,600 runners and walkers, was down 27 percent this year.
Pledges will be accepted through Sept. 1 and Peretz said she hoped Vermonters would remember that 75 of what the local affiliate raises is used to support local breast cancer programs and the rest goes to breast cancer research.
None of the money raised is sent to the national organization for costs like administrative salaries.
For more information about the Vermont affiliate, visit www.komenvtnh.org. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.MORE IN This Just In
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