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BronxWorks NYC Marathon 2013

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October 16, 2013

I am grateful to have 50 donors supporting my run! You all motivated me through 485 miles of training, and inspire me in the home stretch!  See more

BENEFITING: BronxWorks

ORGANIZER: BronxWorks

EVENT: 2013 ING New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013

Stephen Bonnett

THE STORY:

I am running the New York City marathon, this November 3rd, to raise funds for BronxWorks. 

My job is teaching 11th graders in the Bronx the skills and knowledge they will need to have meaningful opportunities to lead satisfying, successful lives. The obstacles they face outside of school often jeopardize that goal. When one of my students gets evicted from his home, he can’t concentrate on learning. When a student can’t afford to eat anything all day except what’s in the cafeteria, she can’t concentrate on learning. And when students see parents and siblings express frustration by erupting in verbal abuse and violence and respond in the same way to frustrations at school, neither they nor their peers, in those moments, can concentrate on learning. Clearly, I can’t ignore my students' challenges outside of school.

I started to run as a way to escape the stress of encountering these problems. One Friday in May of my first year teaching, after a long week, I was feeling overwhelmed by my students’ barriers to learning. I wanted to run away. So I did. Despite never having run longer than a few blocks in my life, I left my wallet and phone at home, and with only my keys ran until I exhausted myself. Once I returned home and mapped my route, I discovered that I’d gone over five miles. And I was hooked. 

Recently, I’ve found a way to use the running I now have a passion for to actually help solve the problems that so often hold my students back - by running the marathon for BronxWorks. 

Founded over 40 years ago, Bronxworks has helped feed, shelter, teach, and support Bronx residents throughout their lives. They are so comprehensive that every need I am aware of that keeps my students from being able to excel in school can be addressed through a BronxWorks program. A quick summary of their recent successes is here: http://www.bronxworks.org/accomplishments. 

The money raised from this campaign will support our programs for children and youth in the South Bronx, one of the nation's poorest congressional districts. This includes:

--After-school programs and summer day camps for low-income families, benefiting both kids and working parents
--Programs to help teens successfully negotiate the challenges of adolescence and the transition to high school
--Academic tutoring and college prep to give Bronx youth access to the benefits of higher education for a brighter future
--Recreation and educational programs for children living in our shelters for homeless families such as swimming lessons, trips to museums and parks, and books of their own to read

I want my students have all the knowledge and skills they need to have real opportunities in their lives. But as I’ve learned in my first two years in the classroom, I can’t do it alone. If we want all our children to have a fair shot, we must work to fill gaps that exist outside school walls. The organization I've found to have both the track record and breadth of focus to credibly claim to meet that challenge is BronxWorks. So please, help me run my first marathon, and help BronxWorks give my students - and other Bronx young people just like my students - an equal chance to thrive.

$3,185

MONEY RAISED
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  • Shannon Copp

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sandra Carrion

    $50

  • Justin and Nicole Bonnett

    $25

  • Angela Song

    $100

  • Karen Kahn & Tom Bonnett

    $300

  • Karin and Frank Bonnett

    $25

  • Ben Schapiro

    $25

  • Masha

    $25

  • Lawrence R. Belcher III

    $10

  • Janet Gordon

    $100

  • Jose Ricardo Moreno

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Leslie & Jean Winter

    $50

  • David Briggs

    $100

  • Tom & Sara Matthews

    $50

  • Omandra Zamora

    $50

  • SR

    $100

  • Yahira

    $50

  • Chibuzo Uwakaneme Tiffany Lashley

    $18

  • Kana Yoo

    $20

  • Paul Davis

    $25

  • Rachel Durfee

    $20

  • Carissa Sain Knoche

    $15

  • Megan & Jon Rioux

    $30

  • Seth Patner

    $100

  • Rohan

    $20

  • Guy Caland

     

  • Alan Rosen

    $10

  • Vikki Campos

    $10

  • Gene Spruck and Sherry Wilmes

    $100

  • Linda Kahn

    $500

  • Isra Shah

    $50

  • Andrea

    $50

  • Chanok

    $35

  • Kyle Shen

    $15

  • Emily

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Rob

    $30

  • Scott Storch

    $10

  • Derek Ayeh

    $20

  • Renee Cotton and Oleg Muzician

    $30

  • Michelle Schmitz

     

  • Dena Kronfeld

    $15

  • Rafi B

    $10

  • The Evans Family

    $50

  • Morgan Taggart-Hampton

    $20

  • Yi-Ping

    $15

  • Robert Liota

     

  • Sarah L. Lassar

    $60

  • Anna Jones

    $20

  • Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Matching Gift

    $50

  • Ashley Dixon

    $20

  • Marty Levine

    $20

  • Arnold Schwarz

    $100

  • Catherine Bonnett

    $50

  • Christine & Brian Shanahan

    $25

  • Lacey Belinfante

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $150

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106% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $30,813 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Henri Waelbroeck

Amount Raised

$7,056

 

168% Raised of $4,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chris Bonastia

Amount Raised

$4,405

 

102% Raised of $4,300 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Emerita Torres

Amount Raised

$3,635

 

121% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Michael Kenney

Amount Raised

$3,270

 

101% Raised of $3,250 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stephen Bonnett

Amount Raised

$3,185

 

106% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amanda Maldonado

Amount Raised

$3,155

 

105% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chessa Forer

Amount Raised

$3,045

 

102% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Noname Kadusale

Amount Raised

$3,027

 

101% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $150

4 years ago

Lacey Belinfante

Lacey Belinfante

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Christine & Brian Shanahan

Christine & Brian Shanahan

DONATION: $25

4 years ago

Catherine Bonnett

Catherine Bonnett

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Arnold Schwarz

Arnold Schwarz

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Marty Levine

Marty Levine

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Ashley Dixon

Ashley Dixon

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Matching Gift

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Matching Gift

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Anna Jones

Anna Jones

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Sarah L. Lassar

Sarah L. Lassar

DONATION: $60

4 years ago