Triathlon rakes in $50K |

Triathlon rakes in $50K

In each of the 12 years of its history, the Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathlon has helped support women needing mammograms and ultrasounds at the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s Breast Imaging Center.

But following the fundraising success of the 12th year of the annual event, the triathlon just might have helped reach more women than ever in need of such testing.

That’s because the event had a record year in terms of revenue, raking in more than $50,000 in 2006.

“What it means is that because we support the Millar Foundation, which funds scholarships and tests at the Breast Imaging Center, we might have to set new guidelines and that probably means we’ll be able to do a little bit more,” said Cathy Anderson-Meyers, the event’s organizer. “It think it’s pretty amazing.

“It’s $10,000 more than we’ve ever raised.”

In the previous two years, the triathlon had raised more funding for the foundation than it ever had. In $2004, that amounted to $38,000 and in 2005 the event surpassed $40,000. Prior to that, Anderson-Meyers said, the triathlon typically raised about $20,000 each year.

“We had a lot more $1,000 sponsors this year than we’ve ever had,” she said.

In previous years, that list included Volz Brothers Automotive, Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers and Geologists, the Outside Inn and AJA Video.

This year, Anderson-Meyers said, the likes of Grass Valley Radiology Medical Group, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Young’s Carpet One, Lucchessi Vineyards and Villa Venezia joined the list.

The foundation awards scholarships each year to girls graduating from Nevada Union who pursue continued education in healthcare. This year’s recipients are Lindsay Adams, Jenna Larson and Molly Root.

Lucchessi Vineyards, a local winery, produced a Celebration of Life wine, which is being sold to help raise funds and awareness for the Schmidt-Millar cause. Twenty percent of proceeds from each $19.99 bottle sold will be given to the fund, said Anderson-Meyers.

In addition to the corporate sponsorships, the event participants also still knock on doors to help fund the foundation. The top five participants who collected the most pledge money – this year combining to raise nearly $12,000 between themselves – received a new pair of New Balance 805 running shoes.

Turning in the most pledges this year was Grace O’Mara-Waldron with $4,315. Also earning a new pair of kicks were Stacy Server ($2,516), Rene McGillicuddy ($1,890), Kim Zwick ($1,650) and Alessandra McLachlan ($1,550).

The Celebration of Life Triathlon, a women-only event created in the honor of Barbara Schmidt-Millar, who died from cancer at the age of 42, was born from the minds of some of Barb’s closest friends.

A handful of them decided to do a triathlon in her honor. Now 11 years later, the event annually held in September draws nearly 400 participants and raises thousands of dollars for the Barbara Schmidt Millar Memorial Foundation.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the triathlon, may send checks made payable to SNMH Foundation/Millar Fund to P.O. Box 1810, Grass Valley, CA 95945.


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