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Free Arts TCS NYC Marathon 2015

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BENEFITING: Free Arts NYC

ORGANIZER: Free Arts NYC

EVENT: 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015

Joseph Doran

THE STORY:

I was never an avid runner. I actually always hated running.  I played sports growing up and throughout high school, but dreaded the running aspect. I specifically remember one soccer practice when the entire men's high school soccer team was ahead of me running and I was in the back of the pack with my friend John, walking. 

That was just one of the many examples for my disdain of running.


That all changed when I moved to Brooklyn in July of 2011.  With the stress of working in Advertising combined with the challenges of adulthood, I decided to go on a run across the street in Prospect Park.  I remember feeling free after the first initial run.  Was it a new city, a new environment? I've always been an over-thinker, but this was not something to deliberate.  Joe, you liked running. Go with it.

I signed up for my first 10K race in Prospect Park a few months later.  Since then, I've done various races throughout New York City, New Jersey and just completed a Half Marathon in Portland, Oregon.

In 2015 I will have completed 3 Half Marathon's in 3 months.  That is why 2015 is the year for me to complete my first full Marathon, this November in New York City.

I chose to work with Free Arts NYC charity for the full Marathon.  Free Arts provides underserved children and families with educational arts and mentoring programs that help them gain self-confidence to realize their fullest potential in life.

While I've always been interested in art and photography, the main reason I chose this organization was because of recent events with my Goddaughter Maggie and Godson Mikey.  I was sitting with both of them, on two separate occasions, drawing.  While it was no more than just a few minutes of art-time, I distinctly remember looking at them and seeing a smile on their face.  They were perfectly content in that moment. 

That same sense of freedom from the run in Brooklyn had come to surface again when drawing with my niece and nephew.  

Whether it is through art or through running, I hope that one day everyone can feel free.

Joe
 

$3,175

MONEY RAISED
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  • Carolyn, your cuz!

     

  • C

    $20

  • Ed, Shannon, Maggie and Owen Doran

    $50

  • Aunt Dorothy & Uncle Denis

    $50

  • Lexxy

    $25

  • Christine & Joey Mellusi

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Christina Ottomanelli

     

  • Rosemary Finnegan

    $20

  • Jay-Z

    $100

  • Joan Sheehan

    $20

  • CMR (and Erik too)

     

  • Ellen and Bill

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Aunt Jeanne

     

  • MediaVest

    $500

  • Jason and Hannah Nelson

    $25

  • Gina & Greg

     

  • Jenna

    $20

  • Kim & Brett

    $25

  • Colleen Bulger

    $50

  • Kristin, Mike, and Doc Doran

    $50

  • Jeff Piluso

    $100

  • Jacqueline Bernacki

     

  • Charity Fundraiser

    $100

  • John and Kristy

    $50

  • Jacqui

    $50

  • Jaime Pizzella

     

  • The Smiths

    $50

  • Tina Lamsback

     

  • CCH

    $50

  • Cate Murray and Adam Agalloco

    $20

  • Patricia Kim

    $25

  • Ruth Levenberg

    $25

  • Joan Sheehan

    $20

  • Renee

    $20

  • Ashley Keeler

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $700

  • Anonymous

     

  • Nicole Poplawsky

    $25

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The Team: $32,639 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

David Mielke

Amount Raised

$4,000

Fundraiser Title

Courtney Levin

Amount Raised

$3,463

Fundraiser Title

Robert Geils

Amount Raised

$3,387

 

113% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Julie Ramirez

Amount Raised

$3,215

 

107% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Joseph Doran

Amount Raised

$3,175

Fundraiser Title

Free Arts NYC

Amount Raised

$3,000

 

10% Raised of $30,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Hunter Dupont

Amount Raised

$3,000

Fundraiser Title

Rebecca Reisch

Amount Raised

$3,000

 

100% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Nicole Poplawsky

Nicole Poplawsky

DONATION: $25

Go Joe!! Can't wait to cheer ya on! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $700

2 years ago

Ashley Keeler

Ashley Keeler

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Renee

Renee

DONATION: $20

Best wishes, Joe- Keep on inspiring! 2 years ago

Joan Sheehan

Joan Sheehan

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Ruth Levenberg

Ruth Levenberg

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Patricia Kim

Patricia Kim

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Cate Murray and Adam Agalloco

Cate Murray and Adam Agalloco

DONATION: $20

This is really impressive--both running wise and fundraising wise! Way to go. 2 years ago

CCH

CCH

DONATION: $50

2 years ago