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Julianne Bowe's Fundraiser:

Team Best Buddies - 2015 TCS NYC Marathon

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BENEFITING: Best Buddies International, Inc.

ORGANIZER: Best Buddies

EVENT: 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015

Julianne Bowe

THE STORY:

On the surface, my sister Melanie and I seem to be polar opposites. She has red hair, I have brown. She loves to sing and dance, I can’t carry a tune. She is a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities and I am fortunate to live a typical healthy life. Yet despite all of these differences, those who know us well understand just how similar we really are. We both love Taylor Swift. We both went to college in the state of Virginia. And most of all, we are both extremely social and love to make new friends.

As my only sibling, best friend, and maid of honor in my wedding, Melanie has played an extremely important role in my life. I have chosen to run my second NYC marathon with a charitable organization that has played a special role in hers – Best Buddies.

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies first entered Melanie’s life when she was in high school. Since Melanie’s academic environment was different than that of a “mainstream” student, Best Buddies provided a way for her to establish friendships outside of her classroom. It allowed valuable social experiences like dances and outings in the local community. Melanie never wants to be limited by her disabilities so she thrived in the Best Buddies setting. She loved being able to walk down the halls of the high school, stopping to say hello and give hugs to all of her new friends!

Melanie continued her journey with Best Buddies at the George Mason “LIFE” program down in Virginia. In fact, its existence at GMU was a critical factor in her decision to travel so far from home. After 4 years of living on a college campus, Melanie is back at home with my parents in Rockville Centre, NY. While Best Buddies has an amazing presence in schools across the country, the adult network is somewhat limited. Melanie has no problem making friends- but in the absence of a network like Best Buddies, it is certainly more challenging to develop new relationships. My hope is with more funding, Best Buddies can explore the possibility of expanding their efforts so that adults like my sister, Melanie can still benefit from all of the amazing opportunities offered to her when she was younger.

I am so honored to run my second marathon on behalf of this wonderful charity. It is very easy to take friendship for granted. But as the older sister of someone to whom friendships mean the world, I can’t begin to emphasize the importance of Best Buddies. Your donation to Team Best Buddies NYC will support existing programs and increase the capacity to respond to the growing waitlist for school friendship programs (over 30 schools!) and the tremendous interest in starting a jobs program. What might seem like a small amount of money, will go a long way - every bit counts!

TEAM BEST BUDDIES NYC This is our third year as an official Community Charity Partner with the New York Road Runners for the NYC Marathon. Last year Team Best Buddies raised over $40,000 and this year our goal is to raise $52,000. By running with Team Best Buddies you will be making strides for social inclusion!

THANK YOU!
In love and friendship,

Juli

LEARN MORE

www.bestbuddiesnewyork.org

FACEBOOK

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TWITTER 

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$13,751

MONEY RAISED
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  • Julianne Bowe

    $500

  • Anonymous

     

  • Annette Regan

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennifer Hinderstein

    $100

  • Aunt Caren and Tori

    $50

  • Maria Elena Baldor

    $25

  • Sheila

    $20

  • Mom

    $100

  • Brittany Burton

    $50

  • Dave and Shannon Nierenberg

    $100

  • Tova Markowitz

    $36

  • Aunt Di

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Susan Donovan

    $250

  • Ryan & Kate Craft

    $250

  • Daniel Abraham

    $500

  • Blake & Carolyn

    $100

  • Joe LaDelfa

    $200

  • Chris Harnett

    $100

  • Mash & Kev

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Wampo

    $100

  • Cookie

     

  • eugene and suzanne valls

    $250

  • Emily and Jon

    $100

  • M&K Dohts

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Alex Fletcher

    $500

  • Jenna Carey

     

  • Ross Cohn

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Philip Simone

    $25

  • Daniel Decesario

    $150

  • KC and Katie O'Connor

     

  • John Bethencourt

    $100

  • Andy Flick

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Trey & Michael

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Kathryn Battistella

    $100

  • Lauren Sadaka

     

  • Peter Rosenblum, Brian Princiotta, Aaron Weitman and James Bolin

    $4,000

  • Ashley Bogosian

    $50

  • MCL

    $200

  • Appaloosa Management LP

     

  • Jess and Sam

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Amanda Williams

     

  • Janet & Steven Goldman

    $250

  • Kristin Anderson

     

  • Gabby Perreux

    $100

  • Natalie & Ylena

    $30

  • Goldman Sachs

    $100

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92% Raised of$15,000 Goal

The Team: $47,404 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Julianne Bowe

Amount Raised

$13,751

 

92% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brianne Doherty

Amount Raised

$6,034

 

121% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Doug and Jordan Pardo

Amount Raised

$4,467

Fundraiser Title

Katie Ahern

Amount Raised

$3,955

Fundraiser Title

Murphy Sieg

Amount Raised

$3,940

Fundraiser Title

Paul Feidelson

Amount Raised

$3,800

Fundraiser Title

Katrina Athanasiadis

Amount Raised

$3,690

 

105% Raised of$3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Patrick Long

Amount Raised

$3,650

Donor Comments

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Natalie &  Ylena

Natalie & Ylena

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Gabby Perreux

Gabby Perreux

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Kristin Anderson

Kristin Anderson

4 years ago

Janet & Steven Goldman

Janet & Steven Goldman

DONATION: $250

4 years ago

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

4 years ago

Jess and Sam

Jess and Sam

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Appaloosa Management LP

Appaloosa Management LP

4 years ago