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Baby Steps NOLA is This Saturday!

If you are on a team:

  • you don’t need to come by the registration tent
  • your captain has your shirt and tickets (you assigned them to her when you joined her team)
  • your captain has a roster with inventory and shirt sizes for your team
  • find out from your captain when/where to meet up (24 teams have tents; the other 50 or so don’t) so you can walk/run together, get your shirts, etc.

Other News/FAQ:

  • Online registration and donations close at 1 PM Wednesday, March 21.
  • Late registration is 7:30-8:30 Saturday, March 24 for $30, cash or check.
  • Completed tickets (filled out with name, address, email, phone) must be in the barrels at the registration tent before the fun run begins. Please please please make allowances for traffic. The fun run begins at 9:00.
  • We (logistically) sold out of Baby Steps shirts March 17. (We have to order in advance based on estimated attendance, and we’ve had a spike in registrations the last few days.) If you were able to select a shirt during registration or purchase one from the store, this doesn’t apply to you; your shirt is guaranteed. If you didn’t have the option to choose a shirt, please come by the registration tent after 9:30 on Baby Steps Day (once registration is closed and ticket barrels are moved to the stage). We might have VERY limited quantities and sizes at that time (from no-shows, unexpected overages, etcetera). We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • The number one question we get asked is some variation of “Do I have to register my child?” Here is the answer from our FAQ page: “The only reason to register your child would be to get another ticket for the drawing.” This answer doesn’t satisfy everyone. We don’t have a cut-off age. We don’t have family discounts. We don’t have bouncers on the lookout for toddlers without the proper credentials. While Baby Steps is a fundraiser and we’d love for you to register all of your family, friends, and neighbors, this is also about awareness and support, so we just want you there with as many people as possible walking with you. So, if you want the extra tickets in the drawing for yourself or who you’re supporting, register everyone you can. Someone even registered their dog at a previous event. Bottom line: we don’t want anyone to walk alone—literally or figuratively. That’s why we don’t insist on registering children. They are always welcome, registered or not.

The following information is all at https://www.babystepsfunrun.com/nola/

  • Packet Pickup Schedule & Location (Friday 3/23)
  • Late Registration & Packet Pickup (Saturday 7:30-8:30)
  • Event Schedule
  • Parking & Driving Directions
  • Fun Run Route
  • Our Generous Sponsors

 

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Updates for NOLA Captains

Hi Captains,

  • Updated ticket totals for your teams are on the site at https://www.babystepsfunrun.com/nola/ (scroll down to the Captains Only Section).
  • We have three tent spaces left. Again, these are first come/first served. All reservations are time-stamped. If more than three people reserve a tent space before I can close the form, I have to go by the three oldest time-stamps as to who gets a reserved space. Having said that, La Salle is a big place and you can still bring a tent. It just won't be close to the staging area.
  • I've gotten some emails about missing fundraisers, so I wanted to re-state what I've said about our methodology in the past but perhaps not often enough recently. To keep things simple from an ease-of-donation standpoint and a data management standpoint, we only use team fundraisers. Runsignup.com makes it incredibly easy (as in without sometimes realizing it) to make individual fundraisers. When this happens, we either delete them or convert them into team fundraisers. Additionally, we add the captain's name to the team name to make it easy for donors to recognize. (They might not know your team name, but they know yours.) For example: Predatory Pomeranians - Jane Doe.
  • Why not just keep the individual fundraiser? (I'm glad you asked.) We calculate your ticket totals by combining team registrations with tickets earned via donations. For this calculation to be accurate, the team name must match the fundraiser name. We "get" that every ticket matters. That's why we're neurotic about the names of teams and fundraisers. So, from a data/programming standpoint, our choices regarding individual fundraisers were: zombie apocalypse (include) or Disney World (not include). We chose Disney.
  • Remember, you can find previous (most, but not all) emails on our blog.
  • Please, especially if this is your first Baby Steps, go and read our FAQ. It is there specifically for you to explain what we (uniquely) do.

Thanks for baby-stepping. Please email me with any questions.

Don't Walk Alone,

Jason Forbus

www.sarahs-laughter.com

www.babystepsfunrun.com

"If you're one of eight, you're one of us."

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Important Dates & Updates for NOLA Captains - March 5, 2018

Hey Captains,

Thanks for being a part of Baby Steps. We’re just a little over two weeks away! Below are some updates and important dates. Anytime I reference “the site” in this email, I mean babystepsfunrun.com/nola/.

Tents

We have 11 spaces left for tents. You can reserve them on the site.

Blog

Going forward, I’ll put a copy of each email I send on our blog. That way, newer captains have an opportunity to “catch up” on anything they might have missed.

Important Dates & Times

  • March 9. Last day to order a sign is this Friday, March 9, 2018. There is a link to the store on the site.
  • March 21. Online registration closes at 1 PM Wednesday, March 21.
  • March 23. Packet pickup is at Metairie United Methodist Church (a map is on the site). All of your team’s shirts and tickets will be available for pickup, including purchases like signs & miracle shirts. If you have a lot of tickets, please pick them up on this day so that you will have time to write your contact info on/label every ticket. More info about labels is found on our FAQ page. Please send only one person per team to pick up your tickets. If you have a lot to pick up, someone will be available to help you bring them to your vehicle.
  • March 24 7:30-8:30 AM. Late registration & packet pickup. If you absolutely cannot have yourself or a team member pick up your tickets March 23, you can do so at this time. Please know, if you have a lot of tickets, one hour isn’t a lot of time to fill them all out. We’ve seen people literally in tears because they had a traffic issue and arrived late. Once the fun run starts, it’s too late to turn in your tickets. Please please please make arrangements for teammates to help you out.

You and Your Team on Baby Steps Day

Speaking of your teammates, please let them know where to meet you (such as your tent, the parking lot, etc.). This way, you can spend more time together (and give them their shirts). The tents will be arranged in a fan shape (as much as the trees will permit) around the stage. A volunteer will be in that area to a) help you locate your reserved tent space and b) help your team members find you. If you’re not using a tent and meeting up somewhere else, please let us know where so we can tell our volunteers. You can email me this info at babysteps@sarahs-laughter.com.

Team Captain Ticket Totals

The link to a time-stamped PDF of your ticket total is on the site in the Captains Only area. The timestamp is just above the link; that way, you don’t have to download the file to find out whether it’s new information or not.

Other info, such as directions and parking, can be found on the site. Our FAQ is also full of relevant information.

That’s all for now. Again, thanks for being a part of Baby Steps.

Regards,

Jason Forbus
babysteps@sarahs-laughter.com
sarahs-laughter.com
babystepsfunrun.com

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A Thank You and a Reminder

Hey Past & Present Baby Steppers,

Baby Steps NOLA is only a couple weeks away: March 24. From everyone at Sarah’s Laughter—our staff, our board, and our fantastic volunteers—THANK YOU for baby-stepping with us: past, present, and future.

Although it’s easy to focus on exciting giveaways, I wanted to remind you why we do Baby Steps. It is the primary fundraiser for Sarah’s Laughter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides the following free-of-charge, year-round:

  • faith-based infertility support groups across North America in person and (also internationally) online for every season of infertility
  • memorial services to honor the lives of stillborn and miscarried babies
  • infant bereavement materials
  • one-on-one counseling
  • an Infertility Bible Reading Plan on bible.com
  • volunteers who pray specifically for submitted prayer requests
  • an infertility podcast downloaded in all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world

For everyone walking through infertility, Sarah’s Laughter wants to walk alongside them—from realization to resolution—not only at Baby Steps physically, but year-round emotionally. We don’t want anyone walking through infertility to walk alone.

Not everyone who walks at Baby Steps will leave with a grant or free IVF, but we want everyone to leave feeling the support of their loved ones, others walking through infertility, and those whose journey is resolved. So we ask you to help us raise awareness and walk, so they don't walk alone.

If you’ve already registered or donated for this Baby Steps, thank you so much. You’re helping Sarah’s Laughter serve the one in eight who struggle with infertility.

If your infertility journey is resolved, come encourage those still walking. You’ll have a chance to share your story on video. Encourage others with your miracle. Pray for those desperate for one. Walk, so they don't walk alone. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Jason Forbus

babysteps@sarahs-laughter.com

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Team Captain News for Baby Steps NOLA 2/27/2018

Hi Captains,

First, thanks for doing Baby Steps.

Just wanted to touch base with some news/info you may or may not already know.

3 IVFs

We now have 3 IVFs that will be given away: one from Audubon Fertility & two from the Fertility Institute of New Orleans (FINO). This means we will be using three barrels for the drawings: one for Sarah’s Laughter, one for Audubon, and one for FINO. So, each ticket number will be represented by three physical tickets, each with sponsor-specific info & color coded. 

Labels Are Your Friend

The “good problem to have” about this is if you have a lot of tickets, you have to write your name, address, email and phone on a lot of tickets. I highly recommend using Avery 5160 labels. You can design and print on Avery.com for free. 

If You Need Help Building Your Teams/Getting Donations

We’ve put a sample letter on babystepsfunrun.com/nola/ that you can use to send to loved ones. Feel free to modify it and make it your own. Please note/change in places where it reads [spouse] or [Team Name]. 

We Still Have Tent Space

You can reserve a 10' x 10' space for a "tailgate" tent for your team at Baby Steps. Space is limited to to a maximum of 24 tents. Reservations are free, but "first come, first served." (We do not provide tents.) More info & reservation form at babystepsfunrun.com/nola/.

Ticket Totals

I’ve started uploading timestamped PDFs of team ticket totals. This way you’re not in the dark about how close/far you are from another 10 tickets, how many labels you’ll need, etc. I’ll always put the latest timestamp on the site itself. Look for the link under “Captains Only” at babystepsfunrun.com/nola.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ page is a good source of information, especially if this is your first Baby Steps. You can find it at babystepsfunrun.com/faq/. If you have a question that isn’t addressed there, please email me. A large part of the FAQ is based directly on your emails, so the more questions you ask, the more useful the FAQ will be for everyone.

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