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2015 Dream Big! Boston Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: Dream Big!

ORGANIZER: Dream Big!

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

Kate Spelman

THE STORY:

Dear Friends and Family,

I am thrilled to announce that on April 20th, I will be running the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of the Dream Big! Boston Marathon Team!

Dream Big! works to provide girls from low-income and homeless situations with the equipment, uniforms, athletic footwear, program fees, training expenses, sports opportunities and supplies they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.

I believe that sports change lives, and I am honored to support this inspiring local charity as I pursue my own dream of running the Boston Marathon.

From Saturday morning youth soccer games to sunrise practices on the Charles with Wellesley Crew, sports have shaped me into the person I am today. My involvement in athletics has given me confidence in my mental and physical strength, teammates around the world that I consider family, coaches who remain close mentors, and the desire to challenge myself and my limits.

Running used to be one of my greatest fears. More comfortable in a boat than on land, I dreaded even the occasional 1-mile warm-up run before crew practice and was in awe of the Boston Marathon runners my teammates and I cheered for in the Wellesley “Scream Tunnel.” After graduating from college in 2010, I decided to tackle this fear and discovered a love of running in the process. Five years later, I cannot wait to stand at the starting line in Hopkinton and complete my first-ever marathon!

As a high school teacher, coach, and lifelong athlete, I know what a powerful role sports can play in empowering young women.

My family and I were blessed to be able to afford the shoes, fees, uniforms, and equipment I needed to participate in sports growing up. But every day a girl in need steps on the playing field, court or track without the proper equipment, sports attire or training. Imagine trying to run the Boston Marathon without the proper footwear!

Over the past four years Dream Big! has had a direct impact on more than 10,000 girls in need through equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conferences for middle and high school female athletes.

I hope you will join me in support of this important cause by sponsoring my 26.2-mile run with a donation to Dream Big! 

  • $35 will purchase a regulation soccer ball or basketball;
  • $50 will purchase a new pair of sneakers or cleats;
  • $100 pays for an 8-week dance or fitness class for 1 girl;
  • $200 pays for a new bike and helmet;
  • $500 pays for a week-long summer sports camp; and
  • $1000 pays for new uniforms, equipment, and training for an entire sports team.

Together, we can help break down the economic barrier that prevents thousands of girls from low-income situations from participating in sports and physical activities. I appreciate any support you can give to this remarkable cause, from $2.62 to $2,620. No donation is too little, no gesture too small.

Thank you in advance for your support!

With love and gratitude,

Kate

For more information about Dream Big! please visit www.dreambig.org

$7,743

MONEY RAISED
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  • Ryan and Stacy Murphy

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Christina Martinez

     

  • Caroline Oppel

    $50

  • James Spelman - Raffle

    $50

  • Janet Bonner

    $50

  • Mitch and Betsy

    $25

  • Lib Diamond

    $20

  • Melissa Bleakney-Dalton & Joe Dalton

    $50

  • Terri Panico -Raffle

    $50

  • Loretta

    $50

  • Nancy Kline - Raffle

    $50

  • Ginny Carroll- Raffle

    $25

  • Robert LaRocca- Raffle

    $50

  • Susan Fennelly

    $50

  • Rovaira & Marina

    $100

  • John Maloney - Raffle

    $500

  • Thomas Maloney - Raffle

    $500

  • Peter and Paula

    $100

  • Super Bowl fundraiser

    $485

  • Becky Dillaway

    $50

  • Your Cause, AOL Matching Gift

    $30

  • Suzanne Pinto

    $100

  • Allison Broadwater

    $25

  • Colleen Corcoran

    $20

  • James & Mary Carroll - Raffle

    $25

  • Bridget Belgiovine

     

  • Fellow Wellesley '10er!

    $10

  • Deirdre - Wellesley '89

    $25

  • Sara Teichholtz

    $25

  • Jess Duff

    $20

  • Becca Kimball

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Rachel Magid

    $20

  • Dee Dee '03

    $20

  • Liz Good

    $26

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Hannah Dornbusch

    $50

  • Alex "I love women so much I took my fiancé's last name" Dornbusch

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Elizabeth Shirey

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Jessy Randall

    $10

  • Kira

     

  • Maggie McConnell

    $10

  • Martha Haddad

     

  • John Sullivan

    $60

  • Annie Curro

    $50

  • Catherine

    $50

  • Catherine Jaffee

    $25

  • Les

    $50

  • Amanda Faulkner

    $20

  • Auntie Kris

    $50

  • Devon Horgan

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Stella

    $20

  • Laura w.

    $50

  • Rachel Rauh

    $25

  • Jane Zhou

    $25

  • Ildi Gaal

    $10

  • Katy Ruderman

    $50

  • Loie

    $50

  • Nikki Shearman

    $50

  • Ashley Shaffer

    $25

  • Nik

    $30

  • Kim Kastler

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Christine Glowacki

    $10

  • Anne & Dean Miller

    $25

  • Jeff Toto

    $50

  • Susan Laves

     

  • Amy Zwanziger

    $50

  • John Tierney

    $250

  • Avery B

     

  • Carrie-Anne DeDeo

    $25

  • Sara Ciaburri

    $50

  • Kelly Joseph

    $25

  • Hope Maloney

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anna and Jay Dunbar

    $35

  • Caitlin Mance

    $30

  • Maggie W

    $15

  • Laura Larsen-Strecker

    $20

  • Holly Jones

    $10

  • David Byron

    $30

  • Gabrielle H

    $25

  • Paige Divoll

    $25

  • The Sida Family

    $100

  • Caroline Oppel

    $20

  • Isabel Ruane

    $20

  • Yoga Event

    $80

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Sophie Tyack

    $15

  • Chelsey

    $15

  • Audrey

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anna Healy

     

  • Janet Limke

    $50

  • Pew Charitable Trust Match - Caroline Oppel

    $100

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107% Raised of $7,262 Goal

The Team: $180,455 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Paul Feidelson

Amount Raised

$24,751

 

124% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tom Thimot

Amount Raised

$15,850

 

63% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Crissy Straub

Amount Raised

$15,400

 

220% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathy Wilder

Amount Raised

$14,754

 

174% Raised of $8,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Bethany Rappoli

Amount Raised

$14,239

 

178% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Molly Lynch

Amount Raised

$11,999

 

141% Raised of $8,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Clare Leathersich

Amount Raised

$10,595

 

125% Raised of $8,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

sara lieberman

Amount Raised

$10,200

 

102% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Pew Charitable Trust Match - Caroline Oppel

Pew Charitable Trust Match - Caroline Oppel

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Janet Limke

Janet Limke

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anna Healy

Anna Healy

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Audrey

Audrey

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Chelsey

Chelsey

DONATION: $15

Good luck tomorrow!!! 2 years ago

Sophie Tyack

Sophie Tyack

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Yoga Event

Yoga Event

DONATION: $80

2 years ago

Isabel Ruane

Isabel Ruane

DONATION: $20

2 years ago