Temecula City Council Places Conditions on the 2015 Komen IE Race for the Cure®

You may have recently heard about an issue we are working through in regards to this year’s Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure®.  In the interest of transparency, we would like to clarify what is transpiring and what this means for this year’s Race.

Dear friends and supporters across the Inland Empire;

You may have recently heard about an issue we are working through in regards to this year’s Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure®.  In the interest of transparency, we would like to clarify what is transpiring and what this means for this year’s Race.

After 16 years of consistent support, the City of Temecula City Council on August 11, unexpectedly placed new conditions for their support of the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure® to be held on October 18, 2015.  Unfortunately, the conditions the Council placed on their in-kind support would require Komen Inland Empire to violate our contractual Affiliation obligations, would deny our Affiliate, and by extension our local supporters, the opportunity to help fund vital breast cancer research, and would force us to ignore best practices for ethical and transparent local grantmaking.

We have valued our 16 year relationship with the City of Temecula.  However, for the reasons noted above, we have informed them that we cannot meet their new conditions. Official response is available here.

We are firmly committed to hosting this year’s Race – the Race Will Go On!  We are actively investigating our options for this year’s Race, including the potential relocation to a neighboring community at an exciting new venue.  While we are deeply disappointed in the recent developments, we are excited about the potential to offer a new experience for our Race participants while ensuring the maximum return of funds possible in our local efforts to help women and men facing breast cancer.

On behalf of the entire Susan G. Komen® Inland Empire team, we appreciate your continued support as we diligently work to get this situation resolved.  This Race is our signature education and fundraising event, and it is so much more…this is a Race with a purpose, as the dollars raised impacts thousands of women, men and families dealing with breast cancer within the Inland Empire.

Together, we have made a difference for the past 16 years…it is vital that we continue our efforts to provide breast health education and access to life-saving services to those in need now and in the future.

Sincerely,

Katie Parker

Executive Director