Friday, July 2, 2010

Palm Beach TNT Fundraising Events

SUPPORT YOUR FELLOW Team in Training members!

Here are some fundraisers being put on by your fellow team members.  If you can show your support, I know they would appreciate it

Chick-Fil-A for a Cure
Organized by Annette Frantz
Wednesday, July 14th- 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chick-Fil-A- Stuart, Federal Highway
Come on in and simply mention The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society when ordering and 20% of your purchase will be donated towards lifesaving research!!
TNT Digital Scavneger Hunt
Organized by Jennifer Comiskey
Saturday, July 31st
Paddy McGees- Delray  Beach
Save the Date! Keep an eye out for Facebook updates as more details roll in!
TNT Poker Tournament
Organized by Stacey RyersonMonday, July 19th- 7:00pm
Foster's Grille- Southern Palms Crossing, 11071 Southern Blvd., Suite 100
Show off your card skills for a good cause! Donation is $25 per player, and the top 10% of players will receive cash prizes!!  Contact Stacey at
TNT Biggest Loser Fundraiser
Organized by Annette Frantz
Monday, July 21- 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Waterway Cafe, Palm Beach Gardens
Save the Date! Keep an eye out for Facebook updates as more details roll in!
TNT Coffee House Fundraiser
Organized by Lynn Smythe
Sunday, July 25th- 1:30pm to 4:30 pm
5312 Cleveland Road, Delray Beach
For a suggested donation of $20, spend the afternoon tasting a variety of homemade goodies including cookies, cakes, brownies, quiche, finger sandwiches, and much more! There will also be a variety of raffle prizes available at the event. Contact Lynn Smythe at for more information or visit the events Facebook page: Smythe Family TNT Coffee House Fundraiser
TNT Group Fundraiser
Organized by the TNT Fall Cycle Team
Friday, July 30th- 7:00pm
New York Comedy Club, Boca Raton
A great night of laughter is on its way! Headline Comedian is Eddie Clark ( and he is sure to have you cracking up all night! Tickets are $15.00 each plus 2 item minimum. They are not available at the door and are selling out fast! For more information contact Christine Maly at

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mad Scientist's Party

Team in Training Mad Scientist's Party

When: Saturday, May 9
Time: 6 PM to 9 PM
Where: Country Club Acres, Delray Beach
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Details: Drinks served in lab ware & freaky fun food
Fundraising: 50/50 raffle, Chinese Auction
Hosted by: Palm Beach TNT Cycle Team
Proceeds benefit: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Come in costume if you dare!

For additional details, to see photographs, or RSVP for the party, visit the Mad Scientist's Party Facebook page.

E-mail: Lynn at
Phone: Rob at 561-239-2880

Friday, April 10, 2009

Palm Beach Chapter Team in Training

ABOVE: Members of the 2007 Palm Beach Chapter Team in Training as they wait for the start of El Tour de Tucson.

The Palm Beach chapter of Team in Training is currently recruiting participants for the fall 2009 season. Team in Training is one of the main fund raising programs for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Team in Training helps to train beginner through advanced athletes to train for a marathon, triathlon, duathlon, hike or century bike ride. In return, each Team in Training participant pledges to raise a certain amount of money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Team in Training Website
Visit the National Team in Training website to find out about the charity fund raising events being held in your area. The Palm Beach chapter covers all of Palm Beach County, from Jupiter in the north, all the way to Boca Raton in the south. The South Florida chapter covers all of Broward and Miami/Dade county.

Fall 2009 Team in Training Events
September 6
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
Virginia Beach, VA

September 13
The Nation’s Triathlon
Washington, DC

October 18
Nike Women’s Marathon
San Francisco, CA

October 25
Intracoastal Waterway Century Ride
Cocoa Beach, FL

Palm Beach Chapter Team in Training Information Meeting Details

Boca Raton
Saturday, April 18 - 10 AM
Boca Raton Community Center
150 Crawford Blvd.

Tuesday, April 21 - 6 PM
Fleet Feet Boca Raton
19635 State Road 7

Delray Beach
Thursday, April 16 - 6:30 PM
Delray Beach Community Center
50 NW 1st Ave.

West Palm Beach
Wednesday, April 22 - 6 PM
South Florida Water Management District
3301 Gun Club Road

Saturday, May 2 - 9 AM
The Community Foundation Building
700 South Dixie Hwy

Wednesday, April 15 - 6 PM
Fit 2 Run
The Mall at Wellington Green
10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

Palm Beach Gardens
Tuesday, April 14 - 6 PM
PMG Police Department CommunityRoom
10500 N. Military Trail

Saturday, April 18 - 9 AM
Nike at The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Blvd.

Thursday, April 23 - 6 PM
Jupiter Community Center
200 Military Trail

Take care,
Lynn Smythe

Monday, February 9, 2009

Valentine's Day Blood Drive

I posting this information for my friend, Larry Goldberg. Larry lost his wife, Susan, to Leukemia two years ago.


Message from Larry:
Please see the information below about the Sue Goldberg Memorial Blood Drive this Valentine's Day. Susie would be so touched by people caring enough to give blood in her name. A little prick in the arm - not a bad price to pay to save someone's life. And free movie tickets to boot!
If you need more information, you can call me at (954) 415-0871.
Larry Goldberg

Do something really really special for Valentine's Day! Give Blood!

When: February 14, 2009 1:00 PM
Look for the Bloodmobile

Where: Muvico Palace 20
3200 Airport Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 395-9009

RSVP limit: 100 "Yes" RSVPs

Most of you active members know Larry Goldberg, a frequent attendee at our meetups. Many of you may not know that two years ago this month, Larry suddenly and tragically lost his wife of five years, Susan, to acute leukemia.

Unfortunately, more than 20,000 people a year die from this terrible disease, a cancer of the bone marrow. Larry has devoted time and money to fight leukemia in the hopes that others won't have to endure his pain. You may remember his epic, 109-mile desert bike ride in November 2007 to raise money for the Leukemia Society. This year, he'd like to do something slightly different.

Persons suffering from leukemia often need blood transfusions, both to counteract the effects of abnormal blood cells and the side-effects of treatment. Patients with blood cancers frequently receive platelets and some red cells derived from donated whole blood. They may require more blood components overall than surgical patients because their need is likely to continue over a number of weeks or longer.

A new technology for donations will also be available. The Alyx System allows donors to give twice the red blood cells in a single visit. To qualify as an Alyx donor, women must be at least 5’ 1” and weigh at least 130 pounds, and men must be at least 5’ 5” and weigh at least 150 pounds. If you'd like to "double down" your donation, a more thorough "mini-physical" will be administered to reduce the likelihood you'll suffer any ill effects.

In order to reduce bottlenecks, and because the Alyx process takes a bit longer, the blood center has asked us to sign up in time slots. I'm going to use 15 minutes, since not everyone will donate using Alyx. Unless someone else needs the slots, I'm putting Larry down for 1:00 pm, and myself down for 1:15.

Please put down the time slot you'd like when you RSVP.
In order to avoid the "meetup math" where only half of the "Yes" RSVPs show, I will be circulating a signup sheet at the Briny on the 12th to get nice little signatures next to your time slot. There are no "MAYBE" responses allowed, and don't bother to RSVP "NO". (I've never quite understood that--but feel free to change your "YES" to a "NO" if you change your mind.)

Our group is now nearly 2,000 strong. Our goal is to have at least 25 brave souls step up and donate blood in Susan's name. We've arranged for the first 25 lucky participants to receive a small gift--a free movie at Muvico Theaters.

Will you help? RSVP through Larry's meetup group: Sue Goldberg Memorial Blood Drive

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Publicity for Nonprofits

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to let you know about a book that may be of interest to anyone looking to raise money for a non-profit charity or charity athletic event. Check out my review of Sandra Beckwith's book, Publicity for Nonprofits, on the Charity Mile site.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

GiveForward Online Fundraising Site

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I received an email from Ethan Austin, Co-Founder of the online GiveForward fundraising site. Here is a copy of that email.


I noticed that you do a lot of fundraising for T n T, which is such an awesome program!

A couple years ago when I was in law school I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital (another Leukemia organization). I was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I received from people that I decided I wanted to help others raise money online for the causes they care about.

I'm excited to say that this past fall, we just launched an online fundraising website called that provides FREE personal fundraising pages to individuals who want to raise money on behalf of any non-profit or good cause.

We're going to be working with a few running groups in the Seattle Rock and Roll marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon this spring and we're trying to get involved in the cycling and running communities.

Anyway, we're just a tiny organization with a marketing budget of zero, so people only know about us through word of mouth. If you know of people in the cycling communities who might find our site beneficial, we'd love it if you'd help us spread the word! Thanks!

If you want to check it out, here is a link my fundraiser page so you can see an example of what one of our fundraiser pages looks like:

And finally, here is a little bit more info about GF and my contact info is at the bottom. If a personal fundraising page is something you think could be beneficial, we'd love to help. In any case, hope you had a happy new year and good luck with everything. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

What is

We are a website that provides individuals with free personal fundraising pages to raise money online for their favorite cause or non-profit organization.

How does it work?

Step 1:
You pick a cause or organization your want to raise money for, set up a page using a simple template, and then personalize it by adding your story, photos, and even a video if you want. (From start to finish, it takes between about 30 min).

Step 2:
Email the link to your friends, family and co-workers so they can donate online to your page.

Step 3:
Enjoy your good karma for the rest of the year.

What if I want to raise money for something other than a 501(c)3?

One of the great things about our site is that you can raise money for literally ANYTHING. In addition to the 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the U.S., you can raise money on the site for causes that aren't necessarily related to non-profits (e.g. a scholarship or memorial fund for a friend or family member, a surgery fund for your neighbor's pet, or even your own travel expenses to get your butt to the race).

Do I have to raise a minimum amount of money?

Another great thing about the site is that there's no pressure to raise a certain amount of money. You set your own fundraising goal as high or as low as you want and can adjust it at any time.

So how much do I have to pay to set up a fundraising page?

Zip. Zero. Zilch. It's free for users. Hooray!!

If it's free, how does GiveForward make any money?

We cover our overhead by deducting 5.6% on each donation. 3% goes to GiveForward (so we can pay for stuff like our interns, our rent and our electricity bills). The other 2.6% goes to the credit card companies for processing fees. When the fundraiser closes, we write a check to the beneficiary organization for the total amount less fees.

Will GiveForward staff help me a develop a fundraising strategy?

Most definitely!! We've logged many hours fundraising for marathons and races and have learned the tricks of the trade along the way. Luckily for you, everything we've learned goes straight into our blog to help out our users reach their goals. If you have an ambitious fundraising goal or need some one-on-one support, shoot us an email or give us a ring at any time. We're super-accessible and eager to help, so don't be shy if you have any questions or need some advice on jump starting your fundraiser.

So How Much Will I Raise?

This totally depends on how much effort you put into promoting your page to your friends and family, but on average, our runners in 5Ks 10Ks and marathon have typically raised between $1000-$1500 for their causes.

How long does my fundraiser page last?
By default, fundraiser pages on GiveForward last up to 3 months. If you want your page to last longer because the race or event you are training for is more than three months away, we're always happy to extend the date for you if you shoot us an email with the requested end date.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or email me at any time. I'd love to chat with you sometime.


Ethan Austin
Co-founder and Second Banana
211 W. Wacker Drive, 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
(949) 400-0132 (m)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

2009 Team in Training Fundraising

My husband and I are raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. We are participating in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride on June 7th, 2009. This 100 mile road bike ride takes place in Tahoe, Nevada. The elevation for this ride varies from a low of 5955 feet, to a high of 7044 feet. Riding at such a high elevation will be quite a challenge for a couple of Florida flat-landers. But we are up for the challenge! My husband will be co-coaching the Tahoe cycle team for Team in Training. Please click HERE, or on the logo above, to make a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause.

We are also selling magazine subscriptions to help us raise money for Team in Training. Please click on the image shown below to go to our online magazine shop.

Thank you for your support!
Robert and Lynn Smythe

Here's a photo of Rob and I, on the right, at the 25th Annual El Tour de Tucson. We participated in this 109 mile road bike ride on November 17, 2007, as part of the Palm Beach Team in Training cycle team. Rob and I were both mentors for this team.