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George Weld's Fundraiser:

WITS 2012 NYC Marathon

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THE STORY:

When my daughter came home from her first day in Pre-K at a NYC public school, the first thing I asked her was what was for lunch. She grew up standing by my side in the restaurant's kitchen as I'd broken down pigs to hams and chops and bacon. She'd helped me harvest beans and gathered eggs at our farm. She'd eaten snails and duck livers and kale. She knew food as well as she knew anything, so I was surprised when she seemed flummoxed by the question.

After a minute of thinking, she said "I guess chicken-fish? It comes in a little plastic bag?"

I laughed until I realized what she meant--a breaded fish filet, cooked in a microwave. The next day's lunch was no better, and the next, and they went on and on, a catalog of every over-processed and overpackaged food you spend your days avoiding. I grew desperate to find some way to help. 

I was lucky to be introduced to Nancy Easton that year, and I was excited by the vision that she and Bill Telepan had for improving the quality of school food and fitness options for schoolkids. For the past 3 years, Egg & Parish Hall have participated in the annual Wellness in the Schools gala benefit, a tasting event to which we bring 4-500 portions of some delicious thing we've cooked up to help WITS raise money to improve school nutrition and fitness.

This year we wanted to deepen our commitment to WITS, and and I wanted to show my children the benefits of being healthy and of committing to a goal. Running the marathon for WITS seemed like a great way to achieve all of those objectives.

We work every day at Egg and Parish Hall to expand access to good food to people who don't have it. For a lot of people, the best chance they'll get at a square meal is in their school cafeteria, and Wellness does a great job of making sure they get one. I'm proud to run on behalf of the teams of tireless cooks and servers at our restaurants to raise money for a cause we all believe in. 

 

Wellness In The Schools Inc wrote -

Make a difference in the lives of thousands of children by supporting the Wellness in the Schools (WITS) ING New York City Marathon Team as they fundraise for healthier food and fitness programming in public schools.

This year WITS has seen unprecedented growth: We are now in 36 NYC public schools, 12 schools in eastern Kentucky, and preparing to bring the revolution to Florida. This year WITS was named World Diabetes Day Champions by the International Diabetes Foundation; Food Revolution Heroes by Chef Jamie Oliver; and Lunchbox Heroes by Renegade Lunch Lady, Chef Ann Cooper.

By supporting the WITS marathon team you can become part of the school food revolution and support much-needed food and fitness programming in high-poverty public schools.

We support WITS because we believe that everyone should have access to excellent, well-raised, healthy food.

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$2,549

MONEY RAISED
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  • M'Lou and Zettie

    $50

  • E. Can

    $25

  • lgw

    $25

  • T. Tiska

    $25

  • mop

    $25

  • Chester Wallace

    $50

  • cct

    $25

  • Willy H

    $25

  • Vicki

     

  • Rebecca + Chris + Kofi

    $25

  • jane

    $50

  • Evan

    $50

  • ben and alice scogin

     

  • Edmund Levine

    $26

  • Sacha Dunn

    $26

  • Max Levine

    $26

  • Sadie Levine

    $26

  • Gabrielle Langholtz

    $50

  • Jay L.

    $50

  • Mark Foggin

    $100

  • suzanne

    $50

  • Amy Gay

    $25

  • The Baradas

    $100

  • Domino and Cass

    $100

  • Carriage House Doula Collective

    $50

  • Nikki and Eric

    $75

  • Josephine Humphreys

    $20

  • JE

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ella Rose Devlin

    $25

  • Ella, not Mikal

    $100

  • The Cleaner

    $50

  • Sarah Newlin

    $25

  • Morton Brilliant

    $100

  • gluttonforlife

    $100

  • Caroline Hahm

    $60

  • Anita

    $20

  • www.littleladieswholunch.com

    $20

  • Sammy Tunis

    $15

  • dara

     

  • Julie Bleha

     

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Jenn Tench

     

  • your mil

    $100

  • Lucia Folk

    $100

  • Michael Moriarty

    $500

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85% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $20,600 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Simon Pfister

Amount Raised

$6,262

 

125% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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CAMERON BROWN

Amount Raised

$3,001

 

100% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ben Kligler

Amount Raised

$2,921

Fundraiser Title

Jerome Devillers

Amount Raised

$2,852

Fundraiser Title

George Weld

Amount Raised

$2,549

 

85% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Annette Bristol

Amount Raised

$1,600

Fundraiser Title

Michael Caine

Amount Raised

$1,145

 

38% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Wellness In The Schools Inc

Amount Raised

$270

 

1% Raised of$20,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

DONATION: $500

for good people doing good things for this world.... 7 years ago

Lucia Folk

Lucia Folk

DONATION: $100

G--I walked the Music City Marathon in 2004 in 6 hrs 51 min & 4 secs--I, unlike Paul Ryan, know my actual time. I know what a time commitment it is and can't believe you are doing it on top of everything else you do! I wish I could be there to cheer you on in person. -Lucia 7 years ago

your mil

your mil

DONATION: $100

In honor of your commitment to your family and community. Thank you, George. 7 years ago

Jenn Tench

Jenn Tench

7 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $40

Good luck! Great cause. 7 years ago

Julie Bleha

Julie Bleha

In honor of WITS's work at Park Slope elementary school PS 107, especially the great work Chef Laureal (sp?) did there last year. Apparently, her particular program was unable to be invited back because it was "too expensive." Isn't teaching our children to cook and eat well the greater and smarter use of our money? I hope the money you raise for WITS can help it return all its programs to 107 and continue its work in other schools as well. **Thanks for doing this!!** 7 years ago

dara

dara

7 years ago

Sammy Tunis

Sammy Tunis

DONATION: $15

7 years ago

www.littleladieswholunch.com

www.littleladieswholunch.com

DONATION: $20

7 years ago

Anita

Anita

DONATION: $20

7 years ago