What is The Dempsey Challenge?
The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen is a fundraising experience for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. Comprised of various cycling distances (10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles), and a 5K (3.1 mile) and 10K (6.2 mile) run/walk, participants 18 and over are required to raise $150 (and encouraged to raise even more!) as they prepare for The Dempsey Challenge. A youth fundraising campaign called Positive Tracks is available for young people 23 or under. (Please refer to the Youth section of the FAQs.) The Dempsey Center provides high-quality education, support and wellness services to patients, survivors and caregivers. More information on Patrick’s personal story and commitment, as well as services provided by the Dempsey Center, can be found at www.dempseycenter.org
When and where is The Dempsey Challenge?
The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen is Saturday, October 12 (5K and 10K run/walk) and Sunday, October 13 (cycling events), 2013 at Simard-Payne Memorial Park (shows on Google Maps as Rail Road park) in Lewiston, Maine. Many more activities are scheduled throughout the weekend on site and throughout the Lewiston-Auburn area. Please refer to the Schedule of Events under the Event Info tab.
What is the weekend schedule of events for The Dempsey Challenge?
Please see the Event Info tab for an updated schedule of events.
Will Patrick Dempsey participate in The Dempsey Challenge?
Yes. Patrick is proud to support and participate in The Dempsey Challenge and is scheduled to attend the event. Please note that Patrick Dempsey’s participation is not 100-percent guaranteed should his Hollywood production schedule change.
How can I participate in The Dempsey Challenge?
A number of ways! (Those who are 23 or under, please refer to the Youth FAQ section).
- Cycle ($75 entry fee and $150 minimum fundraising requirement for those 18 and over) – Participate in one of five cycling tours (10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles).
- Run/Walk ($35 entry fee and $150 minimum fundraising requirement for those 18 and over) – Run or walk the 5K or 10K (3.1 or 6.2 mile) course covering areas of Lewiston-Auburn.
- Challenge yourself and participate in BOTH cycle and run/walk events (discounted combination entry fee of $100 and $150 minimum fundraising requirement) – Run or walk the 5K or 10K (3.1 or 6.2 mile) course covering areas of Lewiston-Auburn on Saturday October 12, and return on Sunday October 13 to participate in one of five cycling tours (10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles).
- Virtual Rider/Runner/Walker (no entry fee) – If you can’t join us physically in Maine (or even if you can!), raise funds as an individual or join a team and fundraise (virtually) alongside other cyclists, runners and walkers. Virtual Riders do not participate in a cycling event or run/walk event, but are welcome to raise funds as an individual or team member. Raise a minimum of $150 and receive a goodie bag at Packet Pick-Up which includes an event T-shirt, water bottle, exclusive Specialized reusable bag and other goodies! Virtual Riders are also entitled to all other fundraising incentives.
- Volunteer Please visit the Volunteer tab on our homepage to view the many opportunities to donate your valuable time to benefit a great cause. You will see a list of volunteer position descriptions as well as a web-based volunteer registration. Please be careful not to sign up for overlapping shifts.
Will the Dempsey Challenge take place rain or shine?
Yes! The Dempsey Challenge will take place rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to modify events and activities. If there is a need to communicate changes, we will announce them on the homepage of our website and via email to all participants and volunteers.
Can I bring my pet?
While we would love to have your furry friend join in the festivities, due to a City of Lewiston ordinance, pets are NOT allowed. Sorry!
What’s Packet Pick Up?
Think of Packet Pick Up as your official check-in for The Dempsey Challenge. PPU is under the registration tent at Simard-Payne Park where you’ll get your goodie bag containing your bib (for the run/walk and/or ride), official t-shirt, water bottle and other fun goodies. The $150 fundraising minimum must be met in order to pick up your packet. Funds can be turned in at the time of Packet Pick Up but turning in donations ahead of this day is strongly encouraged to lessen your potential wait time.
In this area you will also find the fundraising incentives table (where you’ll go if you’ve met incentive levels), as well route maps, registration for next year’s event, and the Community & Event Info table for general inquiries.
Will there be food available to RUNNERS and WALKERS following the run/walk events?
Yes. All runners and walkers will have access (via your bib ticket) to the Hannaford 5&10K Café following the event on Saturday. The Hannaford 5&10K Café will feature a menu of vegetarian and cheese omelets made to order, muffins or scones, and vegetarian chili cooked up by The Green Ladle and friends! All this plus fruit, pizza and beverages! Run/Walk participants who are 21 and older can also get a free draft of Gritty McDuff’s Dempsey’s Courage Ale (via your bib ticket)! On Sunday, the Lobster Trap will be open (see meal description in the next question) and all runners/walkers may purchase one ticket for the Lobster Trap at the discounted rate of $15 at the time of registration. Run/Walk participants that did not purchase a ticket at the time of registration may still purchase a ticket for the Sunday lobster bake by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before September 27, 2013.
Will there be food available to CYCLISTS following the cycling events?
Yes. All participating cyclists will have access to The Lobster Trap (ticket attached to cycling bibs) following the rides on Sunday. Main entrées will include a soft-shell lobster, veggie burger or chicken. Sides will include a baked potato, bread and corn on the cob. Beverages will also be available – including, for those 21 and older, a draft of Gritty’s Dempsey’s Courage Ale (via your bib ticket)! There will be concessions available to family members, friends and spectators within the Festival in the Park.
Is event participation capped?
Yes. We have currently set a cap of 6,500 for the weekend, 4,000 for the run/walk on Saturday, and 2,500 for cycling events on Sunday. When registration is full for each event it will be posted on the homepage.
Can I change the distance that I signed up for?
It is very important that you sign up for the distance that you will be most comfortable completing at the time of the event. This allows us to plan the route accordingly and ensure a fun and safe event for all participants. It is possible that we may need to close registration for a particular cycling distance. If you need to check or change your cycling distance prior to the event, please e-mail email@example.com. You do not need to notify us of your change in run/walk distances.
**On event day, the 5K will be sent off at 8am with 5K RUNNERS closer to the start line, followed by 5k WALKERS. Starting at 8:20, the 10K will be sent off, RUNNERS in the front followed by 10K WALKERS. Those with strollers, walkers or wheelchairs should stage at the back of the line. We ask that you abide by this for the safety of all of our participants.**
I want to run AND ride on The Dempsey Challenge weekend. Is that possible?
Yes! You can participate in a run/walk event on Saturday and a cycling route on Sunday. Select the multi-event option when you register ($100 entry fee and $150 minimum fundraising requirement for those 18 and over).
What isn’t allowed on the Run/Walk course?
For safety purposes, roller-blades, skateboards, bicycles and pets will not be allowed on the run/walk course. Baby strollers, service animals and wheelchairs are allowed.
What isn’t allowed on the Cycling routes?
For safety purposes, we cannot allow buggies, sidecars or child seats on the cycling routes. Tandems and trail-a-bikes are allowed.
What happens if I register for The Dempsey Challenge, but am unable to participate?
If you’re unable to participate, your support will still be appreciated! Registration fees and donations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Qualified and applicable incentive items will be mailed post-event if you make arrangements ahead of time. Simply send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be any support on the cycling routes?
Yes. We will have support vehicles roaming the routes and rest stops will be positioned approximately every 10 miles. There will be food and beverage, a bike mechanic and medical assistance at every rest stop. The most important element to your enjoyment of the Dempsey Challenge is your preparation. Be sure to train properly!
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes, wearing a helmet is mandatory.
Do we follow rules of the road while we are cycling?
Yes! ALL ROADS on the cycling route will be OPEN TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC. Please STAY RIGHT. While official support vehicles will be along for the ride and working at intersections, the roads are not closed, and there will be occasional non-event vehicles traveling with and against you. All traffic signs and operations must be followed. This includes NEVER passing on the right-hand side of a fellow cyclist. There will be either police or volunteer course marshals stationed at major intersections, but it is still important to be cautious as our volunteers have no legal authority to halt traffic. Please review these group ride guidelines from The Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
What are the cycling routes?
Please see the Event Info tab on our website for the link to view all route maps. The towns covered by the 100-mile route are Lewiston, Auburn, Poland, Raymond, Naples, Bridgton, Harrison, Casco, Otisfield, Oxford and Mechanic Falls.
Will official results be posted following the event?
No. The Dempsey Challenge is a non-competitive fundraising event and the primary goal is to raise funds for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing and spread hope for those impacted by cancer. For the most accurate personal results, it is recommended that you bring your own stopwatch.
(Please view the Positive Tracks section of the website regarding youth involvement in the Dempsey Challenge)
Is there an age minimum to participate in The Dempsey Challenge?
As a participant – No. We welcome participants of all ages! We recommend only experienced cyclists who are at least 16 years old register for the 50-, 70- and 100-mile distance options. Please see the next two questions for information about age specifics for participation in the run/walk versus the ride.
Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, who will sign the electronic waiver during registration. Children ages 12 and under must also be accompanied by a participating adult, in addition to submitting the signed waiver.
As a volunteer – Yes. Volunteers must be 12 and over to register. Many volunteer positions are not appropriate for anyone under the age of 16. If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please visit the Volunteer tab on our homepage.
My kids and I want to Run/Walk in the Dempsey Challenge, is this possible? Can I bring my child in a stroller or carry him/her on my back?
Yes! The Dempsey Challenge is a family event. Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, who will sign the electronic waiver during registration. Children ages 12 and under must also be accompanied by a participating adult, in addition to submitting the signed waiver.
All runners/walkers ages 23 or under will be required to register and pay the discounted Positive Tracks $20 entry fee. The minimum fundraising level is NOT a requirement for participants under 18 years of age, but, in the case they are able to raise $150 or more (great job!) they will receive an event t-shirt and goodie bag. Participants 18-and-older must register and achieve the $150 fundraising minimum requirement by the time of Packet Pick-Up in order to participate.
Baby strollers and baby carriers will be allowed on the 5K and 10K run/walk courses, but for safety reasons no roller blades, bicycles or skateboards will be allowed.
My kids and I want to CYCLE in The Dempsey Challenge. Is this possible?
Absolutely! The Dempsey Challenge weekend is an opportunity for families to come out and unite in the fight against cancer. Although there is no age minimum, we want to be clear that certain Challenge ride routes will be physically demanding. Please carefully take into consideration your child’s abilities when registering them. All child participants must be able to pedal a bike, either their own, or riding tandem with their parent/guardian. Trail-A-Bikes and tandems are allowed. For safety reasons, we cannot allow buggies, sidecars or child seats on the cycle routes. We recommend only experienced cyclists who are at least 16 years old register for the 50-, 70- and 100-mile distance options.
Those under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian, who will sign the electronic waiver during registration. Children ages 12 and under must also be accompanied by a participating adult, in addition to submitting the signed waiver.
All cyclists ages 23 or under will be required to register and pay the discounted Positive Tracks $50 entry fee. The minimum fundraising level is NOT a requirement for participants under 18 years of age, but, in the case they are able to raise $150 or more (great job!) they will receive an event t-shirt and goodie bag. Participants 18 and older must register and achieve the $150 fundraising minimum requirement by the time of Packet Pick-Up in order to participate.
How do I register or join a team?
Teams must register via the website under Register then select Start a Team (for team captains) or Join a Team (for team members). A drop down menu will pop up and you choose the name of the team you want to join. It’s that simple!
How do I start a team when I’m already registered as an individual?
It’s simple! Whoever is to be the Team Captain can login and click Edit My Profile, scroll all the way to the bottom and there will be an option to start your own team. You will then become the Team Captain. If your future teammates are also already registered as individuals they can follow the same process: under Edit My Profile there will be an option for them to Join An Existing Team. Simply search or click through the pages of all current teams to find the right team.
Can I join a team if I’m already registered as an individual?
Absolutely! Simply login and select Edit My Profile, scroll down to the bottom for the option to Join an Existing Team. Simply search or click through the pages of all current teams to find the right team to join.
Do all team members have to participate in the same event?
No. Team members may participate in any of the selected activities or distances. Mix cyclists with runners and/or walkers and watch your team grow!
Can I join a team AND volunteer?
Yes. You can join a team as a Virtual Rider and register to volunteer. Or you can participate one day and volunteer the next. Two separate registrations ARE necessary. Virtual Riders fundraise, but do not participate in a cycling event or a run/walk event and are NOT required to pay an entry fee. If you raise a minimum of $150 as a Virtual Rider, at Packet Pick-Up you will receive a t-shirt, water bottle and an exclusive Specialized reusable bag and other goodies! To register as a Virtual Rider click on Register from the homepage, make your selection of registering as an individual, to join a team, or to start your own team. Then make your event selection as a Virtual Rider (located in between adult and Positive Tracks registration types).
To register as a volunteer, Read the volunteer FAQs and Position Descriptions under the Volunteer tab on the homepage. Then click Volunteer on the homepage, and select Register to Become a Dempsey Challenge Volunteer!
Are there incentive awards for teams AND individuals?
Yes, The Dempsey Challenge will recognize outstanding fundraising efforts with special awards during the Saturday night Champions for Hope Celebration. The top teams will be awarded 2 tickets each for the Champions for Hope Celebration. Special recognition will be provided to:
Individual Awards (1. Top fundraising individual, 2. Most donors, 3. Top Positive Tracks youth fundraiser)
Team Awards (1. Top fundraising team, 2. Most team members, 3. Positive Tracks Top Fundraising Team)
Central Maine Medical Family affiliate Awards (1. Top individual fundraiser, 2. Top fundraising team)
Award winners will be selected based upon their status at the fundraising deadline Friday, October 4 (Exception: Deadline for top Positive Tracks fundraiser is Sept. 1; for more info please refer to the Positive Tracks FAQs). View the Fundraising Incentives page under the Fundraising Tab for more info.
What is a PT (Positive Tracks) team?
Positive Tracks is a program of The Dempsey Challenge that encourages community-building, wellness and philanthropy among young people 23 or under. As part of this program, all fundraising dollars raised by youth 23 or under will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000! If at least 50% of a team is 23 or under it will be considered a PT Team and all members of the teams funds will be matched, including those 24 and older! These teams with 50% or more members 23 or under should self-identify by placing a “PT” in front of the team name (for example: “PT – Lewiston High School”). The “PT” will ensure that all team funds are matched. For more information regarding Positive Tracks please refer to Positive Tracks on the website.
What are the exclusive events for qualified individual fundraising participants?
Two unique events are scheduled for Saturday of event weekend for qualified individual fundraisers as determined by their status at the fundraising deadline Friday, October 4 at 4PM EST.
1. Fundraisers of $3,000 or more: the Champions for Hope Celebration, hosted by Patrick Dempsey on Saturday evening. Individuals qualifying for this event will receive an additional ticket to bring a guest!
2. Fundraisers of $10,000 or more: Exclusive Private Group Ride and Reception with Patrick Dempsey and pro cyclists. Individuals qualifying for this event will receive one ticket (plus the above; see the Fundraising Incentives Chart under the Fundraising tab for more info).
Is fundraising a requirement in order to participate in The Dempsey Challenge?
Yes. Our primary goal is to raise funds to help cancer patients and their families through The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Therefore we have set a minimum fundraising requirement of $150 by participants 18 years of age and older in order to participate. You will have up until the time you pick up your bib and goodie bag (Packet Pick-Up) to turn in your donations to meet this requirement. Please note: your entry fee does not count toward the fundraising minimum or fundraising incentives.
Do you have any information on ways I can fundraise?
Yes! Please visit the Fundraising tab on the homepage for multiple resources that will make raising $150 a snap! If you would like to ask a question about fundraising tips and strategies please email our Fundraising Ambassador, Shannon Gilmartin (2009 Dempsey Challenge Top Fundraiser and 2010 second place fundraiser), at shannonDCfundraiser@gmail.com.
When I registered, a personal web page was set up for me. How do I access it?
From the homepage, click on Login then input your username and password to access your page.
How do I submit the donations that I receive?
Click on the Fundraising tab and scroll down to Documents, and select the appropriate Donation Form link (PDF or Word) to download and print the form. You can use the form to record all of your donations. Please also read the Donation Form Instructions. Please use the address at the bottom of the Donation Worksheet to mail the form and checks to us. PLEASE do not hold onto your donations – send them in frequently.
How do I apply the donations I receive toward my fundraising goal?
As soon as we receive and process cash and check donations, we add them to your fundraising total. Credit card donations made online onto your personal fundraising page are automatically added to your fundraising goal. Donors can find your personal fundraising page using a name search under Find a Participant.
What if I want to fundraise but I don’t want to participate in a Dempsey Challenge event?
You can be a Virtual Rider! Even though it is understood that you do not wish to cycle or run/walk, your fundraising efforts will afford you the same incentives as cycle and run/walk participants. Virtual riders may join a team and are NOT required to pay an entry fee. If you raise a minimum of $150 as a Virtual Rider, at Packet Pick-Up you will receive a t-shirt, water bottle and an exclusive Specialized reusable bag and other goodies!
Will reaching certain fundraising levels qualify participants to receive incentives?
Yes! There are various incentive levels for all Dempsey Challenge participants and Virtual Riders. Please view the Incentive Chart located under the Fundraising tab to learn more. The final fundraising deadline for incentive prizes is Sunday, October 13 EXCEPT invitations to Champions for Hope Celebration ($3,000) and Private Ride ($10,000): deadline is Friday, October 4, 4PM EST.
To receive your 2013 Dempsey Challenge cycling jersey or running shirt at packet pick-up, you must meet the $1,000 fundraising level by August 1. Otherwise, you will order your jersey/shirt at the incentives table at packet pick-up and it will be mailed to you approximately 8-10 weeks after the event. Registration fees do not count toward fundraising totals.
In order to be eligible for the fundraising incentives, do I have to turn my money in by a certain time?
Any monies turned in after the final fundraising deadline of October 13 will be included in the overall monies raised for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing but will NOT count toward incentives. The minimum fundraising requirement of $150 can be turned in up until the time you pick up your bib & goodie bag (Packet Pick-Up). If you have NOT raised the minimum fundraising requirement ($150) by the time you pick up your packet, you will NOT be allowed to participate unless you pay the difference. Remember, registration fees do not count toward fundraising totals.
The fundraising deadline for incentive prizes is Sunday, October 13 EXCEPT invitations to Champions for Hope Celebration ($3,000) and Private Ride ($10,000): deadline is Friday, October 4 at 4 p.m. EST.
To receive your 2012 Dempsey Challenge cycling jersey or running shirt at packet pick-up, you must meet the $1,000 fundraising level by August 1. Otherwise, you will order your jersey/shirt at the incentives table at packet pick-up and it will be mailed to you approximately 8-10 weeks after the event.
How do team members qualify for the individual fundraising incentives?
Each individual team member will qualify for incentives based on the amount of money they raise individually.
Do I have to claim awards received for my fundraising efforts on my tax return?
The IRS considers all prizes and awards associated with The Dempsey Challenge as income. This income is calculated by taking the fair market value of the awards you receive. In keeping with IRS regulations, should the income be greater than $600, The Dempsey Challenge will provide you with a Form 1099. For information on IRS regulations, deductibility of fundraising expenses and prize/award income, please contact your personal tax professional.
Are the fundraising award levels for walkers/runners the same as the cyclist levels?
Yes, fundraising award levels are the same for all participants.
What if my donation question is not answered here?
Please visit this breakout section of frequently asked questions about donations and matching gifts under the Fundraising tab.
I have registered to be a volunteer, what is the next step in the process?
Before the big day, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator or Volunteer Captain with more details for your volunteer job and the weekend’s events. You will receive a Volunteer Guide (via e-mail) in mid-September which will include a parking map, festival map, and other pertinent information.
Will Dempsey Challenge staff provide transportation to and from the event venue for volunteers?
We are sorry but we are unable to provide transportation to the event. There will be free volunteer parking and we suggest leaving plenty of time for potential traffic and parking delays before your assigned shift. More information will be in your Volunteer Guide, send to you via email prior to event day.
Where do I check-in the day of my shift?
All volunteers need to check-in at the Volunteer Check-In booth location unless otherwise directed. We will forward check-in location information before the event as part of your Volunteer Guide. It is recommended that volunteers arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their assigned time to allow for check-in, potential traffic and parking delays and further instruction.
Will lunch be provided?
Many shifts will receive lunch. Lunch information will be provided at check-in. Cycle Course Marshals, Medical Support, SAG, Bike Mechanics and Rest Stops will be delivered a box lunch while they are out on the cycle course. It is suggested that you bring additional food and water, if needed.
What should I wear/bring?
This will be October in Maine! The weather is unpredictable, but experience tells us that often the mornings are quite chilly and the afternoon sun can get quite hot! Or, of course, it could rain, or even snow! We ask that all volunteers wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing. Please be prepared for all types of weather by bringing rain gear (including waterproof boots), sun block, hat, and a warm jacket. You will be provided with a short sleeve volunteer t-shirt, so please wear something that you may wear under your t-shirt. Lunch will be provided for many shifts but we also recommend bringing your own snacks. Water will be available for all shifts but we recommend bringing your own water bottle, especially if you will be working outside the Park. If you are on the cycle course as a cycle route foot marshal, you may want to bring a folding chair. Please also bring a cell phone, if possible, for emergencies.
I registered online but now I have a problem with the day/time I signed up for. How can I change my volunteer time?
Please email email@example.com with changes. Please include “volunteer shift change” in your subject line.
I am volunteering for The Dempsey Challenge and my spouse/friend is cycling/running/walking in the event, will I be able to see them cross the finish line?
In most cases we can make arrangements for you to meet your loved one at the finish line. You will need to check with your volunteer captain in advance.
I am serving as a course marshal (cycle routes) or in another position out on the route. Will there be restrooms available and will I have the opportunity to take a break?
The closest restrooms will be Port-o-Johns at the nearest rest stop. You will be given that nearest location at the time of course assignment. In most cases we ask that you do not leave your post without a replacement. Volunteer captains will make every effort to accommodate you in any way with this situation, including sending nearby rest stop volunteers to stand in for breaks needed. You will also be provided with the cell phone number of the volunteer captain should you need assistance while on the course.
As a volunteer, can I raise money for The Dempsey Challenge and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing?
Yes! Register as a Virtual Rider and you can raise funds and qualify for incentives just like participants. Visit the Registration page and, when prompted, select Virtual Rider (located in in between the regular and the Positive Tracks registration types).
Can I ride my bike to my rest stop or course marshal location?
If you want to ride your bike to the course marshal location you are assigned to, that is fine. However, please note you may not know the distance you need to travel until the day of the event. This could cause certain delays in getting you to and from your location.
What if there is an emergency while I am volunteering? Who should I call?
You will receive all emergency information at your check-in prior to your shift. Please call 911 in case of a medical emergency on the course.
If my shift is over and I can continue to volunteer, where do I go?
Please check in with the volunteer captain (of the area you are currently volunteering) or go to the Volunteer Check-in booth for another assignment.
Can I just show up and register to volunteer, or if I’m already registered, can I bring a friend?
Yes! You (or your friend) can sign up and register at Volunteer Check-In providing there are still positions available. Please note: T-shirts may not be available if you register the day of the event. To be assured a position and a t-shirt, register online as soon as possible. Volunteer registration opens July 10, 2013. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to submit a minor waiver signed by your parent/legal guardian when you check in.
Can I bring my kids?
We encourage youth 12 and up to sign up as a volunteer but they must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or authorized adult (family member, coach, teacher) who is also signed up as a volunteer for the same position and shift. There are many jobs inappropriate for a younger person so please be careful when selecting your position. Each minor must also submit a minor volunteer waiver signed by their parent/legal guardian at volunteer check in.
There are also opportunities for your kids to participate in the Kids’ Fun Run and KidZone activities and games area. If you and your child are interested in volunteering in the KidZone please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dempsey Challenge weekend is an opportunity for families to come out and unite for the cause.
My questions about volunteering are not answered here. Who do I ask?
Please send your questions to email@example.com
What are the sponsorship opportunities?
There are several exclusive opportunities and levels for companies and organizations to sponsor The Dempsey Challenge and support The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Companies and organizations are encouraged to become a sponsor (cash or in-kind donations) in order to help us reach this goal. Integrated packages will be created and fulfilled which include on-site branding, hospitality and media exposure. Please contact Aimee Arsenault, Event Manager, for more information: ArsenaAi@cmhc.org.
I would like to set up an exhibit/table on site during event weekend to promote a product or service. Is this possible?
Event staff and committee are committed to bringing added value to our participants by incorporating great exhibitors into the Festival in the Park. Products and services that contribute to the same goals as the Dempsey Challenge of health/wellness and cancer awareness, cancer prevention and early detection will accepted as space allows. Interactive and fun displays are also strongly encouraged. This is a great opportunity to distribute product samples and coupons, conduct demonstrations, and build client database. Exhibits have the potential for foot traffic exceeding 4,000 people on each day of the event! Additional information is available on the homepage under Festival in the Park>Exhibitor Opportunities. We reserve the right to refuse any businesses, product or service.
I don’t need exposure for a business but I would like to be a donor. Can you tell me more about being a donor?
Yes. Individuals are also encouraged to support The Dempsey Challenge or The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. For more information, please contact Aimee Arsenault: ArsenaAi@cmhc.org.
I am not participating but I would like to donate under my friend who will be participating. Can you tell me what I need to do?
Ask your friend for their personal web page address or search for your friend on our homepage via the Find A Participant link.
I do not know anyone that is participating but I would like to make a donation toward the overall goal of the Dempsey Challenge. How do I do this?
Please click Donate Now on the homepage.
Can I donate to The Dempsey Center separate from The Dempsey Challenge?
Yes! Please visit www.dempseycenter.org for more information.
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