BENEFITING: CRISIS NURSERY
ORGANIZER: CRISIS NURSERY
EVENT DATE: Apr 28, 2018
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: