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Entering Your Contact Information

Unless you are already a constituent of this site and have logged in, you must enter your first and last name as well as your email address in order to register for this event. You will also be asked to supply a user name and password so you can log into the Participant Center.

Step 1: Enter Your Name

  1. Optionally, click the Title drop-down menu and select Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, or Dr if you want to display that title before your name.
  2. Click into the First field and enter your first name.
  3. Optionally, click into the Middle field and enter your middle, maiden, or family name (or, your nickname).
  4. Click into the Last field and enter your last name.
  5. Optionally, click the Suffix drop-down menu and click the Sr, Jr, III, or IV option toadd the suffix to your last name.

Step 2: Enter Your Email Address

Click into the Email field and enter the email address at which we can contact you.

Step 3: Optionally, Change Your Contact Options

To change:

  • From having the site send you email, click the Yes, I would like to receive e-mail checkbox to remove the checkmark from the box.
  • The format of the email, click the Email Format drop-down menu and click the appropriate choice (either HTML or Plain Text).
  • From having the site send you mail via the postal service, click the Yes, I would like to receive postal mail checkbox to remove the checkmark from the box.
  • If the system keeps your login password in memory, click the Remember me checkbox to remove the checkmark from the box.
  • From having the site send you an email each time a gift is made on your behalf, click the I would like to be emailed when a gift is made on my behalf checkbox to remove the checkmark from the box.

Step 4: Enter Your User Name for the Participant Center

Click into the User Name field and type in the user name you want to use to access the Participant Center.

Step 5: Enter Your Password for the Participant Center

Click into the Password field and type in the password you want to use to access the Participant Center.

Step 6: Verify Your Password

Click into the Repeat Password field and type in the password again to verify it.

Step 7: Respond to Additional Information Questions (if displayed)

If any questions are displayed, make the selections as appropriate. If responses are required, an indicator (such as an asterisk) will be displayed next to the question.

Step 8: Save Your Information

Click the Next Step button.

If the system detects an error in the information entered into the registration form, it will display the Registration form again with error messages displayed at the top of the page. Common problems are:

  • A required field (denoted with an asterisk *) was left blank. To resolve this error, enter the required information.
  • Invalid Password entered, which means that either you did not enter at least five letters or numbers or you entered an invalid special keyboard character. To resolve this error, try entering another password without the keyboard characters in it.
  • Passwords do not match. To resolve this error, try entering the password again in both fields.
  • Duplicate user name found. To resolve this error, try entering a variation of the user name (maybe add numbers behind it, like blackcat13).
  • Invalid User Name entered, which often means that you have not entered at least five letters or numbers or entered an invalid special keyboard character. To resolve this error, try entering another name without the keyboard characters in it.

Less common error messages may display for:

  • An email address that either has an invalid special keyboard character, a bad domain address (such as ".xom" for ".com"), or is missing the @. If the system is able to "guess" what was wrong with the email address you provided, that changed address will display in the field, and you will see the error message, "The email address you entered, "[email address]", appears to have an error. Please confirm the suggested change." If the system could not resolve the email address you typed in, you will see the message, "We were unable to validate the email address you provided. Please verify that the email address you provided is correct and resubmit."  Look at the address for any character(s) that are not either of a letter, a number, a period, or the @ symbol.
  • A street address that usually has one or more special keyboard characters will result in the message, "We were unable to validate the address you provided. Please verify that the address you provided is correct and resubmit.". Examine the address you typed in for $, ^, %, {, } or other characters not normally found in any street address. 
  • A phone number does not have ten numbers in it, in which case you will see "We were unable to validate the phone number you provided. Please verify that the phone number you provided is correct and resubmit."  The system will accept ten numbers in any standard format, including with spaces, hyphens and parentheses. If the system rejects your phone number, either the number does not have ten digits or it contains characters (such as $, ^, {, ], %) not found in a telephone number.

Otherwise, if a participation waiver:

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