Date - Location - TBD
Pending 501c3 Tax-Exempt Approval from IRS
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
The Ta-Ta Trot is now officially incorporated and moving onto the formal IRS application for 501c3 tax-exempt status.
OCTOBER 13, 2014
The Ta-Ta Trot presented its 2014 donation to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) in the amount of $27,121.68 at the annual state breast cancer conference held at the Harrisburg Hilton. What also came as a COMPLETE SURPRISE was when prior to the check presentation, PBCC President Pat Halpin-Murphy and PA First Lady Susan Corbett surprised Founder, Julie Rockey, by sharing that the Ta-Ta Trot will be PBCC's 2015 Shining Light Award recipient! Committee members Lisa Pfleegor Kipple and Claire Schmoke were with Julie at that moment to share in the joy! What a completely unexpected honor the Ta-Ta Trot will have to celebrate during what we hope to be our 6th year of trotting together in 2015 (still holding official 2015 planning until 501c3 tax-exempt approval comes through)! The Ta-Ta Trot will formally be honored at the 2015 PBCC conference on 10/4/15 and 10/5/15 at the Harrisburg Hilton and hope many trotters will join in our celebration More details will be shared as they come available!
AUGUST 30, 2014
Given the continued exponential growth of the Ta-Ta Trot each year, I knew we needed to take a step back and determine what the next best step for the Ta-Ta Trot is. After much thought, consideration, and personal reflection, I am proud to formally announce that the Ta-Ta Trot has officially begun the quest to become incorporated and achieve its own 501c3 nonprofit status.
As many of you know, up until this point, when a 501c3 status was needed, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) was always very generous in allowing us to use their status. Given the growth of the Ta-Ta Trot, and anticipated continued growth, incorporating and receiving a 501c3 status is imperative to sustain growth and provide the appropriate legal and financial protections we need.
The incorporation status from PA should happen fairly quickly but the 501c3 status could take months. I've been told 3- 12 months depending on who I talk to. In working with an attorney and accountant over the past several weeks, while balancing all else in their schedules and my life, the goal is to have all paperwork filed by 10/1/14.
With that being said, I have made the decision that we cannot move forward with any future Ta-Ta Trot planning until both incorporation and 501c3 status are achieved. I am hopeful we are on the shorter end of the timeframe receiving by late winter/early spring so we still have time to plan an event for 2015. Our committee can certainly do that if we sustain the same structure and flow of events, I have faith in us:)!
I appreciate your support and understanding in this decision. As major progress happens throughout this journey, our faithful Ta-Ta Trotters will be on the top of the list to know. Until then, keep on helping us carry out PBCC's mission to "find a cure now, so our daughters don't have to"!
Founder - Ta-Ta Trot