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Marching Illini Sousaphones' Fundraiser:

Crisis Nursery Miles for Smiles

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BENEFITING: CRISIS NURSERY

ORGANIZER: CRISIS NURSERY

EVENT: Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon 2018

EVENT DATE: Apr 28, 2018

Marching Illini Sousaphones

THE STORY:


It is that time of year again, The Marching Illini Sousaphones and Friends are back at it! We are proud to announce that we will be running our fourth annual “Sousaphone 5K” on April 27th, 2018 as over 45 members of the Marching Illini run in the OSF HealthCare Illinois 5K. Last year, we raised over $6,100, so this year we are aiming even higher! In order to make Professor Barry L. Houser, Director of the Marching Illini run in this year’s race, we will need to raise $6,500. This is no easy task, but we are determined to reach our goal in order to benefit Crisis Nursery. Over the past three years, we have raised over $14,000 for charity and we are excited to continue this momentum!    


A Brief History of the Sousaphone 5K:   Three years ago, we, the members of the Marching Illini Sousaphone Section did the impossible - - we ran a 5K while carrying our sousaphones!  Some members of the section trained extensively; others did the race on a whim.  Regardless of the times we got, all of those who attempted the race, finished.  More importantly, we raised $2,500 dollars for charity.
 

Two years ago, we knew we needed to “up our game” and set a more ambitious fundraising goal of $5000. We had over 35 people run with sousaphones including our director, Professor Barry L. Houser, who agreed to run if we met our goal. We exceeded our goal and ended up raising over $5600!
 

Last year, we ran our third annual Sousaphone 5K, which some may argue has officially achieved “tradition” status!  We recruited our largest group ever of brave current and former members of our section as well as members of other sections in the Marching Illini to tackle last year’s 5K and ended up raising over $6,100 for the Crisis Nursery (again with Professor Houser being obliged to run after we achieved (and exceeded) our $5,000 goal).
 

Once again, we are raising money to benefit the Crisis Nursery in Urbana, IL. As a band, we have a close connection with Crisis Nursery, as their Executive Director, Stephanie Record, is the Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach. We are extremely excited to support Crisis Nursery, as it is their mission to create an "Island of Safety" dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis. To learn more about their organization, check out: www.crisisnursery.net
 

Our very own Professor Barry L. Houser, Director of the Marching Illini, has bravely agreed to run as our celebrity guest for a third year in a row!  Professor Houser will only run the 5K with a sousaphone if we raise a minimum of $6,500 dollars. While this is an increase from our goal of $5,000 in previous years, we know that we can meet it given the momentum our fundraiser has achieved over the years!  So, open your wallets, pull out your checkbooks, or mine some bitcoins so that you can help us reach our goal!  
 

We would love it if our fans could donate as much or as little as they feel comfortable doing, or even if they just want to come cheer us on the day of the race!  PLEASE, help us spread the word so that we can be as successful as possible!  Every social media “share” makes a difference!
 

If you are interested in joining us, or for more information, please feel free to reach out to us.  Be sure to follow @MISousaphones on Twitter and Instagram as well as liking our Marching Illini Sousaphones Facebook Page!
 

Here are a few links to articles about last year’s race, including one written by Runner’s World Magazine:
 

http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/marching-illini-sousaphonists-run-5k-carrying-their-instruments-for
 

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-04-24/5ks-not-marathon-until-you-run-it-sousaphone.html  

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To This Fundraiser

$8,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Tyler Robinson

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Sam & Corey Johnson

    $25

  • The Spindler Family

    $30

  • Mike Hebert

    $10

  • Emily Daly

    $10

  • Donna and Caitlyn Isaacson

    $50

  • Sarah Frier

    $25

  • Marco Lewis

     

  • Alecia Staniszewski

    $100

  • Wil Pritchard

    $20

  • Meredith Blanford

    $50

  • Blake Kolesa

    $25

  • Ryan & Jody Watson

    $25

  • Don & Kim Hardin

     

  • Josh Passwater

    $25

  • Tobie Schroeder

    $50

  • Sarah Buerger

     

  • Nick Wurl

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Ben Jackels

    $100

  • Therese Schwerzler

    $25

  • Todd Chapman

    $50

  • Kristen Streeter

    $50

  • Kevin Kuhlman

    $20

  • Ryan Squire

    $25

  • Slack’s

    $50

  • Ian Anderson

    $100

  • Jake Miller

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

     

  • Angela Andolfi

    $25

  • Sam Laingen

    $25

  • Chris and Cathy Gilbert

     

  • Dani

    $10

  • Mary Thomas

    $35

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Dinah

    $25

  • Mark and Julie Herman/Flushing Pheasant Video

    $300

  • Kathleen Heuer, MI baritone 1991-1994

    $36

  • Zach Wiltgen

    $50

  • Stephanie Record

    $100

  • Rachael Graham

    $25

  • Sean and Sheila Grambart

    $100

  • Brianna Avila Murphy

    $50

  • Kathy Elston

    $50

  • Jeffrey Krickl

    $50

  • Dennis Craig

    $50

  • Marc Nelson

    $20

  • Laurie Broadus

    $25

  • Darrien J.

    $10

  • Beth Jozefowicz

    $100

  • Bob Hayden

    $10

  • Gunsalus&Walker

    $100

  • Jerry & Karen Quinn

    $50

  • Kimberly Wurl

    $50

  • Laird Family

    $100

  • Dr. Nancy Newton Sallee

     

  • The Garry Family

    $50

  • Elizabeth Fanella

     

  • Jimmie Jackson aka Jimmie Jackson

    $25

  • Ron Wood

    $25

  • Jeana McAllister

    $50

  • Dory Petsrillo

     

  • Ray and Roberta Abbott

    $100

  • DiGi

    $25

  • Dennis

     

  • The Spinner Family

    $50

  • The Wolford Family

    $100

  • Fred & Kathy Mullard

     

  • Holly Stalcup

    $100

  • Luanne Syrek

    $25

  • Kathy Hug

     

  • Dawn Mullard-Witek

     

  • John & Vonnie Sarver

    $100

  • Illini Tenors

     

  • Kim Tallungan

    $50

  • Dave Trotter

    $25

  • Angelia and Amelia

     

  • Family of Todd Griffin

    $150

  • Chris & Kelly Claytor

     

  • Karl & Cheryl Dorn

    $50

  • Chuck and Laura Taylor

    $50

  • Lisa Foyel

    $100

  • Maureen and Chris Durack

    $100

  • Jack

    $10

  • Gina Braidman

    $50

  • Maggie Taylor

    $13

  • Kate Sons

    $75

  • David Zhong

    $25

  • Nick Fishburn

    $10

  • Craig Pessman

     

  • George and Debra Manos

    $100

  • Carol Bross-McMahon

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Chris & Cherise Mead

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Joy

    $70

  • Anonymous

    $100

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125% Raised of $6,500 Goal

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The Team: $12,260 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Marching Illini Sousaphones

Amount Raised

$8,100

 

125% Raised of $6,500 Goal

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Samantha Hendon

Amount Raised

$1,565

 

104% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Stacy Bennett

Amount Raised

$570

 

114% Raised of $500 Goal

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Kyla Swain

Amount Raised

$350

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Melissa Hunsinger

Amount Raised

$325

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Bridget Burkhardt

Amount Raised

$300

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Mateo Javier Carrasquillo Colon

Amount Raised

$250

 

167% Raised of $150 Goal

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Caleb Miller

Amount Raised

$225

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

Joy

Joy

DONATION: $70

7 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

7 months ago

Chris & Cherise Mead

Chris & Cherise Mead

7 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

7 months ago

Carol Bross-McMahon

Carol Bross-McMahon

DONATION: $25

Tribute to Jacob Bross, an awesome music teacher! 7 months ago

George and Debra Manos

George and Debra Manos

DONATION: $100

On behalf of our favorite Sousaphone Player Nathan Adler 7 months ago

Craig Pessman

Craig Pessman

7 months ago

Nick Fishburn

Nick Fishburn

DONATION: $10

7 months ago

David Zhong

David Zhong

DONATION: $25

7 months ago