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50 for 50: Help me celebrate my birthday by supporting an amazing program

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Dear Family and Friends,

On July 30, I will be celebrating my 50th birthday. It is a significant milestone and one that, I believe, merits the celebration and support of a worthy cause. My goal is to raise $50,000 for Bridges - a Baltimore nonprofit committed to supporting motivated Baltimore City youth that is very dear to my heart - and I need your help to get there.

Would you please consider celebrating with me by making a tax-deductible contribution to Bridges? My family and I have been setting aside money for the last several years so that one day we could give it to an organization that is making a big impact here in Baltimore. Accordingly, I will match your donations up to $50,000 – a number fitting for the occasion – for a total of $100,000!

This birthday initiative is also a way to commemorate the legacy of one of my favorite people in the world, Larry Becker – a tremendous man in every way – who we lost in January. Our plan is to use up to $50,000 of the money we raise to endow a college scholarship for a Bridges student in Larry’s honor.

  • Donations can be made through our online Crowdrise campaign, where we can all track our collective fundraising progress
  • I will cover transaction fees deducted by Crowdrise so that every penny of your donations goes directly to Bridges’ vital work.
  • If you wish to donate directly to Bridges (by check or through a donor-advised fund), your contribution will still be included in the online goal "calculator" if you mention my 50th. To do so, click here.

Learn more about Bridges in this 3-minute segment from This Week with George Stephanopoulos. It features the stories of two first generation college students who entered Bridges in third grade and who are now attending Williams College and St. Mary’s College respectively.

Thank you so much for considering this and for helping me ring in the start of the next half-century in such a meaningful way.

Best regards,


More about Bridges

Since 1993, Bridges has been helping motivated Baltimore City youth find long-term success inside and outside of school and providing extensive volunteer and growth opportunities for independent school students. This year, Bridges will work with 203 Baltimore youth ages 9-18 and 170+ high school volunteers.

Bridges students are graduating from high school (100%), entering college (80%+) and they are working to ensure that degrees started are completed. Bridges is committed to sticking with these kids over the long haul.

If you are interested in going even deeper, I'd love to arrange your visit to the program through the executive director, Rob Paymer.

Read more about Bridges on their website at and follow them on facebook to learn about their day-to-day work.



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