Step Up to the Challenge

VIP/Top Fundraisers

This page contains information on the various recognition-related designations available to participants - Super Steppers, Summit Club, Mission First Club and a list of the Awards to be given in 2018 for climb times, fundraising, team spirit and more.

 

Super Steppers Logo

Become a Super Stepper and make a significant and positive impact on mission efforts to support all those affected by lung disease. Participants who have raised $1,000 or more are considered Supper Steppers and will receive these benefits*:

  • Pick your Climb Time**
  • Recognition on TOP FUNDRAISER Star
  • Recognition on TOP FUNDRAISER sign at the Top (perfect photo op or #climbselfie!) 
  • (1) Stairwell Sign
  • Social Media and Newsletter recognition
  • Recognition on Event Day, including “Top Fundraiser” ribbon
  • Recognition at the Awards Ceremony
  • Recognition on the 2019 Website
  • Chance to stay in the Westin Presidential Suite on Climb Weekend!*** 
  • Check out our Top Fundraiser Flyer

*To be recognized as a member of the SUPER STEPPERS CLUB, funds need to be turned in 2 weeks prior to event date 

**All members of your team will not be guaranteed their time, unless they also fundraise $1,000 or more, but certain exceptions will be made if you contact ALA staff.

***Top Individual Fundraiser will win a one-night stay the weekend of climb in the Westin Milwaukee’s (new hotel attached to the U.S. Bank Center) Presidential Suite!

Top 2017 Fundraisers

  • Donna Scaffidi, $8,589
  • Chuck Roberts, $6,020
  • Sandi Greenway, $3,491
  • Nadine O’Malley, $2,273
  • Betty Varga, $1,973
  • Andrew Hyatt, $1,820
  • Tom Messplay, $1,584
  • Jamie Jensen, $1,423
  • Brenda Pitchford, $1,202
  • C.J. Wauters, $1,165
  • Ken Kortas, $1,126
  • Phil Murphy, $1,065
  • Ivy Sukenik, $1,008
  • Chris Cahlamer, $7,861
  • Ellen Dieringer, $4,219
  • Michael Cornell, $3,287
  • Eric Taylor, $2,017
  • Patrick Cannon, $1,924
  • Jesse Bloomberg, $1,762
  • James Sullivan, $1,543
  • Renee Sinjakovic, $1,347.68
  • Victoria Shultz, $1,190
  • Angie Penzkover, $1,161
  • Jim Aron, $1,115.41
  • Julie Wichman, $1,055
  • David Nawrocki, $1,003
  • Mark Jungers, $7,297
  • Jon Skavlem, $3,929
  • Santos Paredes, $2,904
  • Jan Paprocki, $1,988
  • Lindsey Bartelt, $1,897
  • Nick LoCicero, $1,694
  • Jeff Markham, $1,533
  • Sachin Chheda, $1,248.99
  • John Richter, $1,178
  • Joseph Romanowski, $1,149
  • Mandy Reilly, $1,069
  • Erica Leannah, $1,045
  • Beth Friedman, $1000.40

 

Summit Club

Become a part of an elite group of Climb teams that go above and beyond for the American Lung Association! 

Teams who raise $5,000* or more are considered members of the Summit Club and will receive these benefits:

  • Recognition on SUMMIT CLUB Star
  • Recognition on SUMMIT CLUB sign at the Top (perfect photo op or #climbselfie!)
  • (3) Stairwell Signs
  • Social Media and Newsletter recognition
  • Recognition on Event Day, including “Summit Club” ribbon
  • Recognition on the 2019 Website
  • Recognition at the Awards Ceremony
  • Check out our Top Fundraiser Flyer

Teams who raise $10,000* or more are considered members of the Summit Club and will receive $5,000 benefits listed above, in addition to these benefits:

  • Reserved Team Space on Climb Day
  • Pick Your Team’s Climb Time
  • (2) Additional Stairwell Signs
  • Email Recognition

*To be recognized as a member of the SUMMIT CLUB, funds need to be turned in 2 weeks prior to event date. 

Top 2017 Fundraising Teams

  • 1st: Baker Tilly Milwaukee, $24,534.50
  • Climbing Cahlamers, $11,477
  • Lauderdale-LaGrange Fire Department, $10.882.41
  • Hydrite Beakers, $10,546.36
  • Godfrey+Kahn & Friends, $9,313
  • Eagle Fire Department, $6,739
  • Team Staff, $5,690.67
  • 2nd: Team Pelkey 2017, $11,551
  • Milwaukee Tool, $11,300
  • Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, $10,558
  • Fire Slayers, $10,363
  • Northwestern Mutual, $6,950.43
  • Milwaukee Police Department, $6,342
  • Associated Bank $5,333

Need ideas on how to get started with your fundraising? Visit our Fundraising Tips page for more info and contact our Special Events Staff to put together a fundraising plan to reach your goal.

 

Mission First Club

Each year after fundraising events like the stair climb and walk, your local ALA spends thousands of dollars on "benefits to donors" or prize incentives. These incentives are the gift certificates and other prizes that climbers and walkers earn while raising money in support of the ALA's local service programs and important medical research. Those who are interested in donating their prize incentive back to the ALA can join the Mission First Club!

How do I join?
During registration you will be asked a series of questions before your registration is finalized. Select YES to join the Mission First Club when prompted. Already registered? Contact your climb manger to see if you are already a member or would like to join.

What do I get as a member of the Mission First Club?
As a member of the Mission First Club, you will be recognized on our website for graciously donating your prize back to the American Lung Association. You will also receive special recognition before, during and after next year's climb. We could send you a T-shirt or some other prize, but that would defeat the purpose of recognizing the importance you place on putting the mission first, right?

 

2018 Awards Logo

The Fight For Air Climb is all about the challenge. Climbers and teams challenge themselves to reach the top, raise money, beat the clock, and be the best. While raising money to fight lung disease is our top priority, we know all of our climbers and teams work hard to meet whatever challenge they set for themselves.

The winner of the Fastest Fire Department to compete in Anthem’s Firefighter Challenge will be recognized during the event and post-event at the Awards Ceremony. All other award winners will be invited to the post-event Awards ceremony. Award recipients will receive an invitation in the mail/email with details.

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