Michigan Chapter Stepping Up to Bring Families Together 2019

GIFT OF ADOPTION MICHIGAN STAIR CLIMB

November 23, 2019

The GOA Michigan Stepping Up Climb is a unique, challenging fitness event in which participants climb stairs in a test of endurance. Whether climbing to improve timing or to simply reach new heights, this event is a great way to spend the morning with co-workers, friends and family while supporting bringing children together with their forever families. 

Advanced Registration Information:

  • $25 per climber.
  • $15 for children between the ages of 5 and 17
  • $100 for a team of 5 climbers

The Climb 

Southfield Town Center
2000 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075

8:30 AM – Registration opens
9:00 AM – Program Kick-off
9:30 AM – Participants will begin to climb

10:30 AM – Post-climb awards and continental breakfast

Climbers of all abilities, ages 5 and above, are encouraged to participate!

Climb as many floors as desired or set a goal to reach either the 14th or 28th story at your own pace.

Participation Options

Want to take part in this exciting new event but not sure you can climb all the way to the top?  We have three different participation options, so choose whatever steps you can take!

Register to climb to the 14th or 28th Floor or opt for the variable or virtual climb and take the elevator!  All registrants will have access to the post-climb reception in the Lobby.   Light refreshments will be served!

 

  • Power Hour – Climb to the 28th Floor as many times as possible in an hour
    • Participants will climb the stairs from the lobby level to the 28th floor as many times as possible within one hour
    • Climbers will take the stairs up and the elevator down
    • Only climbers’ times in the stairwell will be counted toward their total time
    • A participant’s hour begins when he or she crosses the start line
    • Participants must begin their final climb before their individual hour is up; climbers may finish their final climb if their hour ends while they’re in stairwell
    • All Power Hour climbers will start in the first wave of participants at 9:30 a.m.
  • Full Climb – Climb all the way to the 28th floor
    • Participants will climb the stairs from the lobby level to the 28th floor
    • When registering and selecting this option, please indicate whether you plan to climb at a fast, competitive pace in the Elite Heat OR at a Moderate Pace.
    • Elite climbers will be scheduled in the first heat at 9:30 am
  • Partial Climb – Climb to the 14th Floor
    • Participants will climb the stairs from the lobby level to the 14th floor
  • Variable or Virtual Climb – Climb as many Flights as you desire, Take the Elevator to the 28th Floor or Climb from a Distance
    • Participants will climb as many flights as they desire or skip the stair climbing but still support Michigan adoption grants.
    • When registering and selecting this option, please indicate whether you will attend the event or if you cannot be there on event day.

The first group of participants will begin the climb at 9:30 AM.  This is for climbers looking to time themselves and climb competitively.  At 9:45 we will begin releasing non-competitive teams and at 10:00 we will begin releasing individuals.  Plan to arrive a little earlier than you hope to climb to register. 

We will provide all climbers with plenty of water, stations will be available every 5 floors.  Stick around for a continental breakfast and awards post climb!

FUNdraise

Fundraising Target per Climber: $100

Fundraising Guidelines:  Each climber is encouraged to target a fundraising goal of $100.  Once you have met your minimum goal, we encourage you to keep fundraising.  Reach for the stars and earn great rewards and recognition.  Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable and do not count towards your fundraising minimum. Thank you for ‘Stepping Up’ to bring forever families together!

When you register you will be directed to create your own personal fundraising page.  You can easily share your page with family and friends through social media and email!  Pledge collection deadline is November 22, 2019.  If you have collected checks or cash in support of your climb, you may submit your collected pledges by mail to:

Gift of Adoption
Attn: Stepping Up Michigan
2001 Waukegan Road
Techny, IL 60082

Checks should be made payable to: Gift of Adoption.

Your pledges will be added to your scrolling total upon receipt. You may also bring collected pledges to the event on November 23rd.  Please be sure to indicate that the donations are in support of your climb or submit with a completed donation form so that you receive proper credit.

Team information

To register as a team, choose a team captain who will register all team participants, click “Create a Team,” use your creativity in selecting your team name and get started! Individuals may also join previously-formed teams when they register.

Parking & Transportation

Saturday parking at the Southfield Town Center is free via the surface lot or the parking garage. 

Why Climb?

  • We believe having a family is the basic right of children everywhere. Our goal is to make more adoptions possible and give as many children without families a life they otherwise may not have known.
  • Gift of Adoption is a volunteer-driven non-profit 501c3 charity organization that provides financial assistance to complete the adoptions of parentless children born in the U.S. and around the world.
  • We offer grants to provide families – regardless of race, religion, age or marital status – the financial support needed to bring their child home.
  • Since 1996, Gift of Adoption has awarded $8.7 million to help unite 3,026 children with a family of their own, including $238,000 in grants to fund the adoptions of 125 children adopted into families in Michigan.
  • We prioritize grants for the most vulnerable children facing what is possibly their last or only chance at adoption. This includes families who are working to unite or keep siblings together and those adopting children with critical medical conditions or kids aging out of orphanages.
  • Through Gift of Adoption, everyone can make an impact. You don’t have to adopt to give a child a family. A donation to Gift of Adoption gives a child a permanent family and a chance to thrive. To learn more or get involved visit giftofadoption.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Will the climb be timed?
A:  Yes.

Q:  Is there a fundraising minimum?
A:  No, however we encourage each climber to target a minimum fundraising goal of $100. 

Q:  What is the entry fee for Stepping Up?
A:  The entry fees for climbers are:

  • $25 a climber
  • $100 for a team of 5
  • $15 for climbers under 18

Q:  Do I have to climb all the way to the 28th floor to participate in Stepping Up?

A:  No. There are three participation options to choose from when registering:

  • Power Hour Full Climb – Climb to the 28th floor as many times as possible in an hour
  • Full Climb – Climb all the way to the 28th floor
  • Partial Climb – Climb to the 14th floor
  • Variable or Virtual Climb – Climb as many flights as you desire, take the elevator or climb from a distance

For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Jim Berkemeier (jberkemeier@advocateadvisors.com / 517.525.9323) or Michele Oliveto (moliveto@lumeris.com /248.808.0068)

Sponsorship Opportunities are available
Download Sponsorship Information (pdf)

Your sponsorship helps to defray the cost of organizing the event.  Funds received from sponsorships are used to purchase event giveaways and complimentary drinks and snacks for each participant.  Any additional money from sponsorships will help go toward our fundraising goals in support of adoption grants for Michigan families.

There are various levels of sponsorship for the Stepping Up stair climb

  • Platinum Level Sponsor‐‐$2000
    • Listed as top sponsor on web site with logo and link
    • Prominent display of logo on event materials
    • Opportunity to speak at opening of race
    • Promotional materials in climb packet
    • Special PA announcements mentioning sponsor name during and after the climb
    • Company name on finish line
    • 4 complimentary climb entries
  • Gold Level Sponsor‐‐‐$1000
    • Listed as sponsor on web site with link
    • Company logo on event materials
    • Promotional materials in climb packet
    • Special PA announcements mentioning sponsor name during and after the climb
    • 3 complimentary climb entries
  • Silver Level Sponsor‐‐$500
    • Listed as sponsor on web site with link
    • Company logo on event materials
    • Promotional materials in climb packet
    • 2 complimentary climb entries
  • Bronze Level Sponsor‐‐$250
    • Listed as sponsor on web site
    • Promotional materials in climb packet
    • 1 complimentary climb entry
  • Floor Marker Sponsor‐‐$150 each
    • Company name will appear on floor marker signs, which will be prominently displayed at either the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th or 25th floor
    • For $650, company name or logo can appear on all five signs.

Sponsor

Step 1: Register. All climbers must register using the link below. As part of the registration process, you will also have the opportunity to create your personal fundraising page. Ask your friends and family to sponsor your climb using your custom URL.
Register as a Climber

Step 2: Fundraise: Direct your supporters to your personal URL. If you are interested in sponsoring a climber and you do not have their personal URL, you can search for their fundraising page by following this link and clicking “Fundraisers” If you just want to support this event but not a specific climber – follow the link and click “Donate”.

Sponsor a Climber

Event Sponsorships are also available!
Download Sponsorship Information (PDF)
Sponsor

Not able to participate but want to make a donation?
Donate to Gift of Adoption Michigan

SPONSORS

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