Mother of all Raffles

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I joined Team in Training to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and am running my first marathon, the Nike Women’s Marathon on October 16th- I can’t believe how close that is! ACK!

Initially, I met my fundraising goal but then a friend was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia so I decided to raise more.  Today, more than 950,000 Americans (that’s only Americans, not world-wide) are living with a blood cancer.  And that’s way too many.  I am running this marathon in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers and need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!

To help get to my fund raising goal, I reached out to many companies asking (oh so nicely) for product donations and as a result of their amazing generosity, I am having the Mother of all Raffles for LLS!  Here is what you can win:

One very cute and ultra comfy athletic dress from Nuu-Muu (size small).









One sweet running belt from iFitness.




One winner will receive a handy dandy SpiBelt running belt and another will win the newest pink wrist/ankle pocket from SpiBelt.


One $25 gift certificate to Amazon.





One special Team in Training pack from nuun– a 4 tube pack of grape flavored electrolyte-enhanced drink tabs and matching water bottle.






One awesome Pinkalicous running skirt (pictured) from






One lucky winner will get a great run outfit from Sweaty Betty: one Finalist Tee and a pair of their awesome Power Capris.









One copy of the best running books I have ever read: Run Like a Mother and a pink/purple on black Bad Ass Mother Runner Sweaty Band.


Two winners will each receive a medal display from Allied Medal Displays– one winner will chose a display from their catalog and another winner will be able to create a custom display!  SWEET!

Three lucky folks will win apparel from Running Divas– a tank top, short sleeve tee shirt, or a long sleeve tee shirt (one item per winner, you choose the size).





One winner gets a Don’t Stop white technical tee from fellow blogger, Skinny Runner (if you haven’t already, check out her blog, she is hilarious and I just love all of SkinnyRunner’s running tales and fashion choices!).  You choose S, M, or L.






2 winners will each receive one 1BandID: the 1st and only athlete ID that securely attaches and displays critical contact and/or medical information to your watch, GPS or HR monitor wristband, simplifying safety for all active people.


Two winners will receive either a Runner Girl Necklace from Lift Your Sole or a Faith, Hope, Love Necklace.   Lift Your Sole is even giving a special promo code to Running4TheReason readers!  (To purchase either charm for just $8, enter runnergirltnt to receive the pictured charm or  faithhopelovetnt to receive the Faith, Hope, Love charm.)



One winner will get a Gym Girl Ultra running skirt (you choose the color & size) from Skirt Sports and a matching visor.





My good friend Alex has donated a welcome package complete with samples and a $100 gift certificate to Arbonne, personal care and wellness products. I highly recommend their RE9 skin care line as well as their Fit Essentials- the protein shakes are tasty and packed with vitamins and minerals.



BicBands has generously donated a trio of their no-slip headbands for one lucky winner, so cute and comfy- perfect for working out!



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My good friend Zina of Zina Kao Exclusives has donated 6 gorgeous necklaces for 6 lucky winners!  WOO HOO!!!






One super duper lucky girl who I hope is my BFF and will invite me when she wins, will receive a Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Bash at their 4th Street Store in Berkeley.  This prize is valued over $800 and includes a private, after-hours party for up to 10 people, and includes a complimentary brow wax or last tint per person, make uppers, as well as light appetizers and wine/drinks.

I just know you want a chance to win one of these great prizes, so just go right ahead and make a tax deductible donation to my Team in Training page and you are in!

(Thank you to Run Faster Mommy for this ingenious raffle approach!)

$5 = one entry
$10 = 2 entries
$15 = 3 entries
$20 = 4 entries

If you donate $25-$99, you will receive matching entries per dollar donation, so for $25 you get 25 entries, for $38 you get 38 entries, and so on.  For a donation of $100 or more, you get double entries, so $100 = 200 entries, $125 = 250 entries.

If you have already donated, donate once more (any amount) and you get matching entries for this donation PLUS your previous donation.

I’ll also give bonus entries on top of your initial donation if you share this raffle with the world! Facebook, your blog, Dailymile, etc.  Every time you share, leave a new comment (or email me at and you will get an extra entry.  One more bonus entry if you “like” my page on Facebook– just leave a comment letting me know you did.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Thursday, September 29th and winners will be announced Friday, September 30th. All tickets will be entered in the order that they are received into the Mother of all Spreadsheets.  Winners will be chosen by and notified via email as well as my blog.  (Limit 3 prizes per person just to spread the love.)

Remember, this is for a very good cause!  With your help, we can find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and help improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  And hopefully, one day, the need for fundraisers like this will be nonexistent!



16 thoughts on “Mother of all Raffles

    • Thanks so much, Patty! All of these companies were so generous and friendly to work with, it was really easy. And good luck, I know you want that Benefit Party… 😉

  1. Laura – way to go – what an awesome raffle! I just posted on my facebook page in hopes that you’ll get some more hits = ) I learned about your first marathon goal from Jennie Votel. She’s definitely rooting for you – her facebook post reminded me to sponsor you. Good luck reaching your goal!!!


    • Thank you so much, Kathi- you get 26 entries! And thank you for the support, our longest run before the full- 20 miles- is this Saturday and I am getting mentally prepared! Thanks for the donation and the luck- I need it! 🙂

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  3. Hey Laura — I finally donated!! I also “liked” your FB site. Wow, you’ve got some great stuff and I’m crossing all sorts of things for luck. Great job with your fundraising and training!

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