HOW TO GIVE BACK TO CHARITY THROUGH THE EVENT?
1. Donation Box. There will be a designated donation table at the tournament headquarters tent.
2. “PLAY IT PINK”
HEFNER FIELDS/ The Plex facility is one of the best venues in the Midwest, with 19 outdoor soccer fields it is truly impressive and a great atmosphere in which to play soccer. Our goal, with partner PUMA, is to share this “PLAY IT PINK” concept and create a sea of pink around the whole complex and display solidarity for our event’s cause. Here is how you can help:
We highly encourage all teams to adopt the Play Pink concept. Teams are asked by wearing pink jersey and/or socks to help support the cure. The tournament provides all teams the option to PRE order tournament shirts and pink puma socks
through the Summit City Soccer Shop at the Plex. Teams may place number on the shirts and use them in game play or use them as a warm up shirt. If you purchase your pink items through the Summit City Soccer Shop 100% of net proceeds of t-shirt and sock sales from the shop and tournament tent, will go to the Vera Bradley Foundation. Tournament t-shirts will also be available at the event should you chose not to pre-order
T-Shirt and Sock pre-orders can be done online at THIS LINK.
Deadline to place orders will be April 6th
3. Participate in the Vera Bradley Foundation Fundraising Showdown!
The showdown will be awarded to the top team in the tournament who raises the most funds (donations) for the cause (by team check-in on April 27th) and will be recognized for their outstanding support by the Vera Bradley Foundation.
NEW FOR 2018: Online Crowdfunding pages for each team!
Team managers can create an online page for their team at THIS LINK. Teams can then share their page with friends and on social media to get donations for their team. These donations will go towards your team's "Showdown" total. Managers must create 1 page per team at the above link, no individual pages. Check out some great tips for creating a successful crowdfunding page here!
How do we sign up for the showdown?
You don't need to! Shortly after your team is accepted to the event, the tournament committee will send your team special Vera Bradley Foundation ribbon cards that you can sell in your community for a $5 donation. On the ribbon card you can write the name of the person who donated funds and the individual's name if it was in honor or in memory of someone. At team check in you will turn in all the cards you have sold and we will display them on the Pink fence surrounding the headquarters tent for all to see.
Below is a letter of support from Vera Bradley Foundation that players may give out when a donation is received. Our goal is for each team to seel 36 ribbon cards or more.
4. Silent Auction
At the headquarters tent we will have a silent auction that will feature items from Vera Bradley and other businesses!
What is the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer?
The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has contributed $30.3 million to the research being conducted at the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. This team of more than 35 researchers is world-renown for its collaborative approach to research-- leading national clinical trials and hosting the world’s only healthy breast tissue bank. Vera Bradley Inc. contributes significantly to the Foundation and additional support comes from a variety of sources including events and individual donations. Vera Bradley’s co-founders began raising funds for a cure after the loss of a dear friend to the disease in 1993. Learn more about the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer visit: http://www.verabradley.org.