sweat for the cure raffle—win an anytime fitness membership!

UPDATE: Ticket sales have been extended until Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Get yours now! The odds are in your favor.

As you guys know, breast cancer strikes a really personal chord with my family. My Mom was diagnosed when I was in elementary school and she’s cancer-free today thanks to the advances in research funded by organizations like the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. This summer, my two sisters and I will be walking 39.3 miles in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and we need your support to help put an end to this terrible disease. This week, I’ll be holding an amazing raffle with some of my favorite fitness-related goods to raise money for the cause. So open up those wallets and get ready to literally save lives with your donations! Last time we did this raffle, we raised over $1500 to help the cause, and I’d love to do even more this time around considering the prizes are bigger and better!

Remember, every single dime you donate will go directly to support breast cancer research and help fund programs that provide preventative screenings to women AND you might end up with an awesome prize. Win-win, right?

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

the prizes:

In this raffle, there will be six awesome prizes totaling almost $1000 worth of fitness-y goodness! Each raffle ticket you purchase will give you an opportunity to win. That means if you buy two raffle tickets (and get very lucky) you can win two prizes! You could shell out five bucks and end up with a $500 health club membership. Not a bad deal!

Let’s run through the prizes:

  • (1) One Year Membership to the Anytime Fitness
  • (1) Garmin Forerunner 405 GPS Fitness Watch
  • (1) Pair of Vibram FiveFinger Sprints (size and color of your choice)
  • (2) Classic Klean Kanteen Bottles (size and color of your choice)
  • (1) $50 Lululemon Gift Card

Big thanks to Anytime Fitness for their very, very generous donation! The remainder of the prizes are paid for from the collective funds of me and my two sisters.

the raffle:

To participate in the raffle, we’re going to do it a bit differently this time. One of my sisters had some health problems (resulting in surgery) and hasn’t been able to fundraise the way she wanted. If she doesn’t hit $1800, she doesn’t get to walk with us, and that is not an option. So this time around, you’ll buy virtual “tickets” by donating to her fundraising page. For each $5 donation, you’ll get one ticket. BUT, the more you buy, the more tickets you get for your money, here’s the breakdown:

For $5 get ONE ticket
For $25 get SIX tickets
For $35 get TEN tickets
For $50 get FIFTEEN tickets

If you want to donate a different combination (say $40) I’ll make sure to give you the “best deal” (so for $40, you’d get 11 tickets). When the raffle is over, I’ll take every name from my sister’s donation page, list them in an Excel document the proper number of times (once if you bought one ticket, twice if you bought two, etc.) and then have Babyface use the online random number generator to pick the winners. Once the winners are selected, I’ll shoot you an e-mail with the great news and we’ll get the prize out to you!

You’ll have until Wednesday, April 25th to buy tickets. We’ll do the drawing immediately following raffle close.

Ready? Click the big pink button and go save lives!

official rules and legalese:

To enter you must be 18 or older and a valid U.S. Resident. Winners will be chosen by random drawing from the pool of ticket holders. To be considered for the prize, you must provide a valid email address when donating and must donate only to the Samantha Valbert page. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. No purchase necessary to win. To enter without purchase, please send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to backtoherroots@gmail.com. Only one e-mail entry per household. Raffle sales will close on April 25, 2012 at 11:59pm (EST). The winners will be contacted by email on or before April 27, 2012. If the winners do not claim the prize within seven days, the original winner forfeits the prize and a second random entry will be chosen from the pool. This contest is sponsored by Anytime Fitness of Minneapolis, Cassie Johnston of Indiana, Amanda Coddens of Indiana, and Samantha Valbert of Indiana. Void where prohibited by law.

Thank you so much for your support. You guys are the absolute best! Now let’s make some money for a great cause!

P.S. Can’t play along because money is tight? I totally understand. You can still help though! Tweet, Facebook and post about this raffle on your blog to spread the word. It would mean the WORLD to me.


    • Moober says

      (Just realized I put my name as “Anonymous” which probably doesn’t help in the giveaway. Oops. But the $50 anonymous gift is me.) :)

      • Cassie says

        Hahaha! I think you were the first one to buy tickets, so I’ll remember it was you. 😛

  1. Jenny says

    Donated and shared on my FB. Good luck! I’m sure your sister will raise enough $$ now–this giveaway is awesome :) Thank

  2. Jen D says

    Just made a donation. I hope you guys make your goal. That’s nice you and your sisters are all doing this together. Good luck!

  3. says

    I am going to donate/ buy raffle tickets, but there isn’t an Anytime Fitness anywhere even remotely convenient for me so the memebership would be pretty useless. Is there some way I should note that? I don’t want to take away from anyone else’s chances to win a fitness membership they could actually use!

    • Cassie says

      Absolutely, just make a note when you are donating that you’d only like to be included in the drawings for the other items. Thanks! :)

  4. says


    And I forgot to mention that there isn’t an Anytime Fitness anywhere near me, either, when I donated… I read the other comments after I donated. Is there a way to not be included in that drawing after I’ve already donated?

  5. says

    This is amazing! Thank you for the reminder. I’ve been down for the count with a cold, so I’m glad I did a quick online check today!

    (I would also like to be not included in the AF membership portion of the drawing, please, as I’ve got an ongoing membership at a local place here in Baltimore.)

    Breast cancer has hit both sides of my family, so I appreciate you allowing us to be a part of this with *your* family!


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