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BENEFITING: Safe Haven Family Shelter

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Cassidy B

THE STORY:

“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” - Irish Proverb

My venture into running began 11 years ago. I was new to Nashville, newly married to someone who wasn’t in town very much and I didn’t have many (/any) friends. One of the things I did in those early days in town was to go to the gym and walk/run 3 miles on the treadmill. I’d played sports competitively and had done plenty of sprints when I was young but had never consistently done distance running. I can remember so clearly how long each of those miles felt, how hard it was to get through them and, the game changer, how different, how much better I felt every time I was done. Over the weeks and months and years I continued to step onto that treadmill and the miles slowly got a little easier and the runs got longer. I did eventually make some friends, some of whom ran and they dragged me off the treadmill (that I love) onto the road and trails and into races until I was transformed into something that I had never imagined I would be: a runner.

It’s hard to overestimate how important running has been to me in the last decade. It helped me transition through so many life changes and adjustments, most of all to being a parent. Its given me time to myself that I need but don’t often get. It’s been both a meditative exercise and an escape, a way to be more present in my life and also a way to just zone out from it all when I needed to. I owe a lot to running.

In about 6 weeks I’ll be participating in my 2nd (and probably last) Boston Marathon. In the past I’ve always prepared for a race in a vacuum. I run alone, train by myself and generally don’t talk much about it to anyone.  But this year I wanted to find a way to use my run to connect with people and help others. I wanted to give it meaning beyond crossing the finish line or achieving a certain time (although I do want to do that too!). To that end, I’ve decided to run to create awareness and raise money for Safe Haven Family Shelter of Nashville, an organization that does life-changing work on behalf of homeless families. Safe Haven keeps families who are homeless together, provides them with shelter and eventually permanent housing along with the therapy, support and training needed to gain self-sufficiency and rebuild their lives.  My family has been involved with them for a few years and I’ve seen up close the incredibly important, desperately needed, inspiring work they do and I’m thrilled to be running in their honor and in honor of present and future families who need Safe Haven.

Friends, if you want to follow my journey over the next 6 weeks to the Boston Marathon, I’ve set up a Facebook and Instagram page where I’ll be posting about my life during training and Safe Haven. And if you feel inspired to support my run by donating any amount to Safe Haven, I would be so grateful. 

Love,
Cassidy

 

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To This Fundraiser

$26,985

MONEY RAISED
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  • Aedriel

    $50

  • Nancy Eaton

    $25

  • Kassie Davison

    $10

  • Julie Scherzinger

     

  • Anita Dwenger

    $100

  • Benjamin maas

    $10

  • Elvia Gonzalez

    $10

  • Cong

    $50

  • Louise Hawkins

    $50

  • Nancy Cummings

    $50

  • DeeAnn Eastin Black

    $100

  • Lindsay

    $500

  • Wes and Angie

    $100

  • Eileen Waldron

    $25

  • Russell and Margo Boyer Prevost

    $25

  • Tim and Charity Douds

    $25

  • Mary Hilliard & Ryan Harrington

     

  • Kenneth Holcomb

    $25

  • Sylvia

    $100

  • Brad Schmitt

    $25

  • G_Adores_Country

    $100

  • Judy Phillips

    $50

  • David Augenblick

    $25

  • Cynthia Price

    $100

  • Alicia and Glen Henry

    $100

  • Mara, Jim, Noelle and Dierks (our dog) Frank

    $50

  • tammy rutherford

    $50

  • Jennifer, Tom, Alexa, and Cate

    $100

  • Elliot Guthrie George

    $500

  • Linda Leighton

    $25

  • Kelley Ciampa

     

  • Ellen Davis-Dansky

     

  • Georgenne Foley

    $100

  • Paul Escobedo

     

  • Toby & Martha Quinn

    $100

  • Tyne Parrish

    $500

  • Chris, Angie & the boys

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $120

  • Pam

    $25

  • Alicia Rose

    $50

  • Celeste Duke

    $25

  • Rachael Wilkins

     

  • Joyce Lavery

    $25

  • Mrs. Leon Bentley

    $100

  • Sharon

    $50

  • Joanna Hall

    $250

  • Connie and Yoby

    $500

  • Copperman Family

    $400

  • Patty

    $25

  • Val

    $50

  • Kim Paisley

     

  • Sheryl Crow

    $500

  • B Bones

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Janelle Reasor

    $25

  • Nicole Kidman

    $1,000

  • Lauren Schenk

    $25

  • Melanie Elmalem

    $25

  • Maeder Family

    $25

  • Jody Eckrich Julian

    $50

  • Kelsey Henry

    $200

  • The Eckerts

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • James 'Bugz' Brooks

    $100

  • The Hochhalters

    $250

  • scott ernest

    $1,000

  • Gina

     

  • Darlene Flynn

    $25

  • Ben, Britt, Campbell, and Bella Hanback

     

  • Adrienne Oeding

     

  • Stephanie Johnson

     

  • Dan Bauchiero

     

  • Sarah

     

  • Mary Lou Greene

    $25

  • Meghan

     

  • Taryn Pond

    $50

  • Michelle Wilson

    $25

  • Heather McInerny

     

  • Tara E Jones

    $20

  • Anonymous

     

  • Faith

    $100

  • Deanna Donnelly

    $100

  • Zophin twins

     

  • A Boston Dierks Fan

     

  • Marisa Scolamiero

    $25

  • Eric Chesser

    $100

  • Kerri Edwards

     

  • Maria B.

    $25

  • Gary and Josepha Morse

     

  • Barbara & Kix

    $500

  • Beth McBreen

    $25

  • Jenn Cain

    $50

  • Mark, Sydney & Natalie Stasch

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jacinta Hilgeman

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Corinne Raymond

    $25

  • Cassidy Bentley

    $2,500

  • Greg Pohl

    $100

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Donor Comments

Greg Pohl

Greg Pohl

DONATION: $100

Met you at Radnor this week. Read your story and like your cause and all you do! 3 months ago

Cassidy Bentley

Cassidy Bentley

DONATION: $2,500

Tune and Evalyn Eastin 4 months ago

Corinne Raymond

Corinne Raymond

DONATION: $25

Cassidy Bentley: Running for others (love that!) 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Cassidy Bentley: Running for Others (love that!) 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

5 months ago

Jacinta Hilgeman

Jacinta Hilgeman

5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

We're so proud of you!! - Tyler & Hayley 5 months ago

Mark, Sydney & Natalie Stasch

Mark, Sydney & Natalie Stasch

DONATION: $100

Thanks for taking time to talk at the Safe Haven Benefit at 12 South! 5 months ago

Jenn Cain

Jenn Cain

DONATION: $50

Such class and such a great cause! Kudos to you, Cass! 5 months ago

Beth McBreen

Beth McBreen

DONATION: $25

Amazing effort for a great cause! We were there great day!! 5 months ago