Lincoln, Take Steps to Find a Cure!
The Crohn’s & Colitis Take Steps Walk is one of CCFA’s largest events committed to finding cures for digestive diseases. Our walks offer an incredible day for family, friends and the community to come together in celebration of all their hard work and dedication to our mission.
Our community consists of patients, loved ones, friends and supporters that empower and inspire each other to fight these diseases. Each year we connect with our communities as we fundraise for cures and celebrate our hard work together in supporting our patients.
To date, Take Steps has raised more than $60 million to fund mission-critical research and patient support programs. More than 80 cents of each dollar raised goes directly to funding this mission. Find a walk in your local community and join thousands of others Taking Steps for cures.
Lincoln Take Steps Event Details
Saturday, Oct. 8
Festival & Registration/Check-in begin at 8:30 a.m.
Walk begins at 9:15 a.m.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo, 1222 S 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68502
Parking is plentiful at the walk site, with several handicap spots available. Once you have arrived please make your way to the Zoo entrance for registration and check-in.
Upon arriving at the zoo, please enter at the main entrance and stop at the Registration/Check-In tables (look for the big orange Registration flag). This is where you will check-in/register, turn in any checks/cash you have received and pick-up your t-shirt/incentive. Please make sure your collection envelope is properly filled out, sealed and signed before coming to the tent.
**If you have team members who have not yet registered online it’s not too late! We will not pull the registration list until Friday afternoon so they can still register online.
The walk is a less than a mile route to walk fully around the zoo. Strollers are allowed.
The Take Steps Walk will take place rain or shine (let’s hope for shine!). In the case of rain festivities will still take place indoors.
Our celebration will take place from 9:00 -10:15 a.m. and will include:
• Sponsor/Vendor booths include: CCFA information, Abbvie, Takeda, UCB, Janssen
• Music provided by DJ Brian
• Event Raffle inside the Rainforest Room
• Photo booth
• Face Painting
• Make sure to Sign our Wall of Hope banner at the Mission Tent
CCFA Mission Table
Visit the CCFA Mission table to receive literature on IBD, learn more about services offered by CCFA and to pick up your “I AM WALKING FOR…” sticker. We also have a special gift for our IBD patients, so make sure to tell them if you are a patient when you stop by.
Take a team photo in front of the lush landscape of the Zoo right behind the Zoo entrance. Please do not enter the Zoo until your team has arrived in full. Once you have had your team photo taken follow the IBD Cheer team to the program area.
Participants who have raised $100+ will receive a Take Steps t-shirt upon registration.
$250 raised earns you a Take Steps t-shirt & bandana
$500 raised earns you a Take Steps t-shirt, bandana & lunch cooler.
$1000 + raised earns you a Take Steps t-shirt, bandana, lunch cooler & a rewards sheet so you can choose your prize after the walk.
There are 3 large restrooms in the Zoo. See the map and look for the red circles to find the rest room closest to you.
We are excited to announce our new walk location of the Lincoln Children's Zoo! The walk will take place before the zoo opens and then walk participants are invited to spend the day at the zoo. You will also receive unlimited train rides and some other exciting surprises throughout the walk!
Congratulations to our fundraising board leaders!
- Top Fundraising Team: Team Harry
- Second Highest Team: Team Ilum
- Top Fundraising Individual: Harry Herrington
The Most Valuable Participant 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.
Empower, Inspire, and Connect- be a Take Steps MVP Today!
Awareness Builder- Individauals who raise $100 or more
Inspiration Creator- Individuals who raise $500 or more
Hope Giver- Individuals who raise $1,000 or more
Cures Believer Team- Teams that raise $3,000 or more
FUNDRAISING TIP/MATCHING GIFTS: 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 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!