Ocean City, Take Steps to Find a Cure!


Thank you all so much for participating in the Eastern Shore Take Steps Walk for Crohn's & Colitis. Because you chose to walk with us, we were able to raise over $30,000 to further CCFA's mission of curing Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of those affected by these diseases!  Please give yourselves a round of applause!

Your generosity, dedication and volunteerism are greatly appreciated. We simply cannot do what we do without each and every one of you!  But fundraising doesn't have to stop on walk day!  You have proven that!  We have until December 31 to get to our $50,000 goal. The upcoming holidays are the perfect time to get festive and plan a third party fundraiser.  Contact me if you need some ideas or help!

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis is CCFA’s largest fundraising event having touched over 240,000 people and raised nearly $60M to help further the Foundation’s mission.

 Our Take Steps walks offer a wonderful day for family, friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission. Our walk events are filled with live music, food, kids’ entertainment, educational materials, and, of course, wonderful exposure for our corporate partners. In 2014, more than 70,000 people joined us nationwide, helping us raise $11M.

82 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation.

 Register today. Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases.



Thank You to our 2015 Platinum Presenting Sponsor

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Wanna Show Your Take Steps Pride with this Window Decal?

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 It's easy!!!   Many patients suffer in silence but it's up to us to make their voices heard.  Help us change that fact!  Register today for the 2015 Eastern Shore Take Steps Walk and follow these easy steps!

1.   Make a self-donation today of $25 (or more) and as a thank you for taking the first step to showing your commitment to the cause, we will send you a Take Steps Window Decal - or as we like to call it - Decal Don and you will receive a window decal to place in your car or other publicly visible place.

2.  Encourage all your teammates to join you in showing of their own decal by each making a minimum self-donation of $25!
Help us raise awareness!!

3.  Take a photo with your #DecalDon (think Flat Stanley) and share on social media.  Don't forget to tag us with #decaldon.  Let's show the world your team's commitment to the fight against digestive diseases.  Together we will find a cure!!

Take Steps spreads awareness about IBD throughout our community while raising crucial funds to fuel the mission critical research, education and support services of CCFA.  As we continue to strive to surpass our local fundraising goal of $55,000, many of you have been hard leading our efforts through your team and individual fundraising!

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Congratulations to our current Top Fundraising Teams:

Team BMB led by team captain Kevin Baird

Team Teal led by Gina Teal

Team Austin Knarr led by Angela Knarr

Megan's Crohnies led by Kelli Englishmen

 Team Porter Potties led by Marley Porter


New This Year:  MVP (Most Valuable Participants) Top Fundraising Program!

 The MVP Program was created to recognize top teams and individuals going above and beyond to provide hope, inspire action and find cures through fundraising efforts and outreach.   Our MVP's will be specially recognized at the walk and will qualify for various fundraising incentives.  Encourage all your team mates to join the MVP Program!

You can be an Awareness Builder by raising $100
You can be a Hope Giver by raising $1,000
You can be a Cures Believer when your team raises $2,500

Hit these fundraising goals and you will qualify for walk day incentives!

Awareness Builder - Raise $100 and receive a commemorative walk day Take Steps T-shirt.
Hope Giver - Raise $1,000 and claim your walk day sign on Recognition row to show the world why you walk.
Cures Believer - When your Team raises $2,500, relax under your private tent on walk day!

Fundraising Tip:  Have You Been Matched?

Matching-gifts are an easy way to significantly increase the impact of your contributions. Many companies around the country donate funds to match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. A dollar-for-dollar match is common, and some companies will even contribute up to two or three dollars for each dollar an employee gives.  Some even match gifts made by retirees and spouses!

So what are you waiting for? Ask your company today if it offers a matching-gift program, and request a matching-gift form. Send us the completed and signed form via mail, email or fax and we will do the rest.

Here are a few proven tips to help you have a rewarding and successful walk experience with your team!

Step 1: Set a realistic and meaningful goal for your team

There is no cost to register and no fundraising minimum. It is up to you to set a personally meaningful and significant goal for you and your team. Communicate that goal to your team members and work together to achieve it dividing the goal among each other.

Step 2: Write Personal Fundraising Letters & Emails

Compose a passionate and individualized letter about why you are walking and how people can support your fundraising efforts.

Step 3: Recruit Participants

Ask your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers to join your team and help you to spread awareness and reach your team’s fundraising goal through their contacts.

Step 4: Raise Money

The national fundraising average per person is $250 encourage your each of your of your team members to beat the national average.  Approach the businesses you frequent, or even better, ask your own company!  Lead by example, by making the first donation your own!

Step 5: Create Excitement

Design a team t-shirt or a unique team name, post flyers in your neighborhood, and share information on social media!

Step 6: Celebrate Your Team’s Success

Attend the Walk. Take a team photo. Eat, drink and celebrate raising funds to find cures for Crohn's and colitis!

Have you collected donations that need to be applied to your fundraising page?  


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