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Michael Rakowski's Fundraiser:

Arenales Bridge Project

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BENEFITING: Bridges to Prosperity, Inc.

EVENT DATE: Jan 21, 2017

Michael Rakowski

THE STORY:

Michael and his team are raising funds to help offset their travel costs to and from Arenales project site in Nicaragua. His team will help build the bridge's superstructure and commission the project. All donations are tax-deductible.

The community of Arenales and its neighboring communities have consistently been challenged in crossing the Gran Rio de Estelí, one of the largest rivers in Nicaragua. Though the community of Arenales is less than a kilometer from the Pan-American Highway,
the river stands between it and reliable, safe access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities. The municipality of Condega built a bridge in the early 2000s that failed in 2011. The walkway was rebuilt as a temporary solution in 2012 with the expectation that the next large storm would bring down the bridge once again. Thankfully for the residents of Arenales, the past three rainy seasons have been extremely mild, as the entire region has been experiencing record-setting droughts. However, the 2016 rainy
season has just begun and most locals are expecting it to make up for the recent years of drought. While the temporary bridge still stands today, its many missing decking planks have made it dangerous to cross, and the next large storm threatens to destroy the bridge altogether. This would leave the community of Arenales cutoff from schools, health centers, and jobs once again.

Estelí, the community on the opposite side of the river, is world renown for its tobacco and cigar production and many residents of Arenales must cross the river to work in the felds and factories. Without a bridge, Arenales residents will lose important income. Knowing the danger and the impact of inaccess, the municipality of Condega, with which Bridges to Prosperity has built seven bridges over four years, has prioritized a bridge at Arenales, and is determined to get it built before the next rainy season. Due to the size of the project, B2P is looking for a technically adept, dedicated industry partner to help make this extremely important project a reality.

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To This Fundraiser

$8,032

MONEY RAISED
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  • Michael Rakowski

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Leo S. Maciejewski, Jr

    $50

  • Joanna

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Carpenter Rigging

    $100

  • Mark Berns

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Tyson Bogumill

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • john donatelli

    $100

  • john donatelli

    $100

  • john donatelli

    $100

  • john donatelli

    $100

  • C&K Johnson Industries

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Frances Bresnahan

    $50

  • Sarah Edgerton

    $25

  • Garry and Wanda Ottmar

    $100

  • Grant Twitchell & Jenee Myers Twitchell

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Shannon, Danielle & Charley Murray

    $50

  • Bob and Peg R.

    $131

  • SallyCifala

    $100

  • Robert and Charlotte Greene

    $100

  • Ron and Lisa Stotts

     

  • Kaitlyn Fleming

    $50

  • Gail & Del Nantt

     

  • Maria and Lili

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Julia Concelman

    $25

  • Jackie and Denny Osthus

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Smash

    $50

  • The Herberts

    $40

  • Andrew Herten

    $100

  • Karen and Dan Fleming

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Mindy Greene

    $125

  • Dolores Valenziano

    $50

  • Tom Taylor

    $50

  • Eric Durham

    $100

  • Maisie

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $500

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    $500

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    $500

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Darcy Smith

    $25

  • Kent Valenziano

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • The Melton Family

    $251

  • Mike Kiggins

    $50

  • Abby

    $50

  • Lon Robbins

    $50

  • Lon Robbins

    $50

  • Lon Robbins

    $50

  • anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sally Cifala

     

  • Brynda

    $50

  • Janah

    $25

  • Chris and Julia

     

  • AS

    $10

  • Susan Arcese

     

  • Marie

    $50

  • Martin Oman

    $50

  • James and Cariann Statser

    $50

  • Frank Young III Foundation

    $20

  • Phil and Linda Simon

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25.66

  • Gary and Dee Dee Fischer

    $50

  • Phil & Kally Porrini

    $50

  • Becca Clark

    $100

  • Elder Bryce

    $10

  • Tom & Deb Cook

    $250

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161% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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The Team: $8,032 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Ellis Beckwith

Amount Raised

$1,825

 

183% Raised of$1,000 Goal

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Meghan Stotts

Amount Raised

$1,350

 

68% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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Trevor Lighty

Amount Raised

$1,100

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Keith Boulton

Amount Raised

$1,001

 

10% Raised of$10,000 Goal

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Jennifer Grob

Amount Raised

$700

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Zack Hill

Amount Raised

$515

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Kaitlyn Fleming

Amount Raised

$450

 

64% Raised of$700 Goal

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Amber Harley

Amount Raised

$325

 

41% Raised of$800 Goal

Donor Comments

Tom & Deb Cook

Tom & Deb Cook

DONATION: $250

In honor of the Cifala family 2 years ago

Elder Bryce

Elder Bryce

DONATION: $10

In memory of Puebla 2 years ago

Becca Clark

Becca Clark

DONATION: $100

Good luck!!! Enjoy every moment of the experience! 2 years ago

Phil & Kally Porrini

Phil & Kally Porrini

DONATION: $50

That is an incredible project to be undertaking. Truly fulfilling the engineering goal of making the world a better place. You are making your Carroll College friends and family very proud. Keep up the good work. 2 years ago

Gary and Dee Dee Fischer

Gary and Dee Dee Fischer

DONATION: $50

Thanks for your time and effort on this, Ellis. Have a great trip! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25.66

2 years ago

Phil and Linda Simon

Phil and Linda Simon

DONATION: $50

So proud of you! 2 years ago

Frank Young III Foundation

Frank Young III Foundation

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

James and Cariann Statser

James and Cariann Statser

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Martin Oman

Martin Oman

DONATION: $50

2 years ago