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Lilac Bloomsday Association’s mission statement: To promote national and international sports competition and fitness education for the civic betterment, social improvement, and physical well-being of the general public.

Bloomsday Accepting Applications for 2023 Charity

Jun 30, 2022

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2022

Contact:     Jon Neill, Bloomsday Race Director


All Applications Must Be Received by July 31st to be Considered as the Official Charity for Bloomsday 2023

Spokane, WA — Every year, the Lilac Bloomsday Association (LBA) selects a charity or non-profit partner to serve as the official charity for the Lilac Bloomsday Run.  Once selected, the charity receives donations from Bloomsday participants and also great exposure and visibility in the community.  Charities may raise funds as well by selling a special product (bracelet, singlet, T-shirt, etc.) before, during and/or after race weekend that relates to Spokane’s famous race. The charity receives a free booth at the popular Bloomsday Expo to use as they like.

The application process to become Bloomsday’s official charity is fairly simple:  The charity submits a letter, no more than two pages long, that provides the following information:
(1)  the great work that your charity does (and any other background); (2) how being the official Bloomsday charity would help the charity’s mission; and (3) fun ways the charity would like to promote itself during Bloomsday season to increase the visibility of both the charity and Bloomsday (e.g. West Central Community Center did a Doomsday Hill challenge; Ronald McDonald House sold red and white socks; Susan G. Komen Foundation sold pink bracelets; Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery auctioned off mile sculptures; and Cancer Patient Care sold gold singlets that could be personalized in honor of a cancer patient). Creative ideas are encouraged as it gives Bloomsday something fun to promote and likewise excites our participants to run/walk for a cause.   

Application letters should be emailed by July 31 to Lilac Bloomsday Association at – – or you may U.S. mail to 1414 N. Belt St., SpokaneWA 99201. The LBA’s Charity Committee reviews materials in August, makes a recommendation to Bloomsday’s Board of Directors in September, and the Board makes a decision by early October. Non-winning applicants are also notified at that time.

There are hundreds of great charities in the greater Spokane area, and obviously Bloomsday can’t help them all. But we do like to give a boost to one special charity each year. 

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