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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Marathon 2017

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Reached all my goals!
May 07, 2017

Friends, I'm just back from a truly terrific 2017 Pittsburgh Half Marathon! After struggling on the course last year and lately feeling every  See more

BENEFITING: CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH

ORGANIZER: CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH

EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2017

EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017

Chuck Staresinic

THE STORY:

I'm running the Pittsburgh half marathon to support Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh because they are absolutely indispensable to this city that my family and I love. I'm continuously amazed at what they do, with 19 libraries across the city providing an incredible range of services to Pittsburghers of every age. For more than 120 years, not a day has passed that someone's life wasn't made better by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.


Like every library in the city, my neighborhood branch in Lawrenceville anchors the whole community. It's a rock for my family, in particular. It's a safe place where my kids can go by themselves as they learn to navigate the world on their own. They do their homework there and discover the joy of reading. The staff is incredibly kind and interested in helping them and everyone else who uses the library.


Not everyone knows this, but Pittsburgh nearly lost 5 neighborhood libraries in the devastating economic downturn that began around 2008. We were informed that our neighborhood library would close--we were even given the date, as were Pittsburghers in four other neighborhoods. We were all devastated by this news, but we were also motivated to speak up about how vital our libraries are to our daily lives. Pittsburghers insisted there had to be a way to save them. As one of my neighbors said to the mayor at the time, "Are we really going be the city that builds casinos and closes neighborhood libraries?"


Needless to say, that is not the Pittsburgh we know and love. To their credit, the leaders of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh learned through this trying experience that their single greatest asset is the pride and passion that Pittsburghers feel for their libraries, such that they refused to part with a single one of them. Long story made short: Pittsburghers overwhelmingly voted in 2011 to direct a real estate tax directly to the library system. I'll never forget reading a newspaper article--just 4 or 5 years after learning that my library would close--with the headline "Carnegie Library on firm financial footing." The story described a thriving library system with all its neighborhood libraries intact.


CLP is an extraordinarily good steward of the donations and public funds it receives. I know that every dollar I donate strengthen's the library system, improves the city, and improves the lives of Pittsburghers.


I'd be honored if you would help me reach my fundraising goal for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! Thank you!


Chuck Staresinic


 

$500

MONEY RAISED
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  • Marie, Matt, Maya, Dev

    $50

  • Canadhota Joe

    $13.10

  • Chuck Staresinic

    $50

  • Chrissy

    $50

  • Tom & Bekka Altes

    $25

  • Susan Banahasky

    $25

  • Uncle Tom and Aunt Loretta

    $100

  • Susanne Park

    $50

  • Karen Sharif

    $25

  • Joshua Diller

    $20

  • The Witt-Symonds Family

    $25

  • Danielle, Amelia, Rosie, Juliet, and Eddie

    $67

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100% Raised of $500 Goal

The Team: $8,718 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Dan Fiore

Amount Raised

$775

 

221% Raised of $350 Goal

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Justin Krauss

Amount Raised

$760

 

217% Raised of $350 Goal

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Gang Zuo

Amount Raised

$697

 

199% Raised of $350 Goal

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Caitlyn Lizik

Amount Raised

$635

 

127% Raised of $500 Goal

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Jessica Furnier

Amount Raised

$595

 

119% Raised of $500 Goal

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Kathleen Nandan

Amount Raised

$576

 

58% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Toby Greenwalt

Amount Raised

$575

 

164% Raised of $350 Goal

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Chuck Staresinic

Amount Raised

$500

 

100% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Danielle, Amelia, Rosie, Juliet, and Eddie

Danielle, Amelia, Rosie, Juliet, and Eddie

DONATION: $67

5 months ago

The Witt-Symonds Family

The Witt-Symonds Family

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Joshua Diller

Joshua Diller

DONATION: $20

6 months ago

Karen Sharif

Karen Sharif

DONATION: $25

6 months ago

Susanne Park

Susanne Park

DONATION: $50

Have a great time, Chuck! 6 months ago

Uncle Tom and Aunt Loretta

Uncle Tom and Aunt Loretta

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

Susan Banahasky

Susan Banahasky

DONATION: $25

Reading is fundamental and libraries make it happen! 6 months ago

Tom & Bekka Altes

Tom & Bekka Altes

DONATION: $25

Chuck helps make Lawrenceville (and Pittsburgh) wonderful! 6 months ago

Chrissy

Chrissy

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Chuck Staresinic

Chuck Staresinic

DONATION: $50

For you, Chuck! 6 months ago