From the business perspective, the CopperDog 150 (CD150) is a subcommittee of the promotions committee of Main Street Calumet, a Michigan non-profit organization, operating under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code. Within the CD150 are six committees of which Finance/Liability is one. Our committee strives to work closely with Main Street Calumet to keep track of the CopperDog 150 financial and legal obligations in accordance with their requirements.
Putting on the CopperDog 150 (or any event) requires financial integrity. That is what our sponsors, donors, volunteers, participants and the public expect in addition to planning an exciting race and race-related activities. Through careful budgeting and cash flow considerations, the CD150 is strong and continues to grow. Working with the financial and legal aspects of the event, which includes proper money management, trail permits, insurance, etc. has helped us develop the process and procedures that can assure growth (as well as a lot of fun).
As our Race Director Todd Brassard has so eloquently said time and again, “nobody gets paid a dime for planning or working on this race. The entire organization is made up of volunteers who are committed to
the success of our home towns.” The community vitality generated by the CD150 promotes a positive image of downtown Calumet, our Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor checkpoints as well as the trail system we are so fortunate to have in the Keweenaw.
In order for all of us to have a successful event requires sponsorship and donations. With less than one month to race day, we still need to raise more funds in order to have the best-yet sled dog race in the copper country. We have many ideas that can enhance race weekend in March and in future years, but it does take money and support from all of us—businesses and government, organizations, volunteers, and the public. Knowing what it takes to put on this event gives each of us the opportunity to see how we can help improve our community vitality, build our community pride and have a good time doing it.
Personally, I have been involved with the Copper Dog 150 for the last three years and on our committee’s board as chair of the Finance and Liability Committee for seven months. I had the opportunity to sit in on many of the CD committee meetings during the planning for the 2011 race as well as this year. My background includes serving in various volunteer management positions with many non-profit organizations including the NCAA Frozen Four local organizing committee, NCAA Final Four local organizing committee, Super Bowl XL Host Committee, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Junior Olympics, etc., as well as many years in public television. These experiences have provided me an overall perspective, as well as the day-to-day business needs, of planning, developing and executing a major event.
It is the Copper Dog 150 and these types of events that involve individuals from all parts of our community irrespective of their own personal background. It is something that brings us together and helps us get to know, appreciate and respect one another and our individual talents—all things essential to developing community