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Billy Baker's Fundraiser:

Team Globe Santa 2017

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BENEFITING: Boston Globe Foundation Inc

ORGANIZER: Boston Globe Foundation Inc

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Billy Baker

THE STORY:

Hello. My name is Billy Baker and I'm a reporter for the Boston Globe. I'm running the Boston Marathon to raise money for Globe Santa, which delivers holiday gifts to local children in need. Created in 1956, Globe Santa has served more than 3 million children who might otherwise go without. The mission is staggering, as are the costs to keep it running.

To be honest, I'm not overly excited about running 26.2 miles. I've done it before, and I told myself I was done forever. But when the Globe announced we were creating an inaugural Globe Santa charity team for the marathon, I signed up. That's because Globe Santa has always resonated with me on a personal level, thanks to something that happened when I was a child in South Boston. A friend who lived across the street, a little girl, received almost nothing for Christmas. On Christmas day, while all the kids were out on the street with their new bikes and rollerblades and all that mess, the little girl was crying. It was hard to process. I didn't understand what she had done to upset Santa. And so my parents did something that was devastating at the time, but very noble in retrospect. Rather than let me think the girl had been "naughty," as the legend goes, they came clean and told me the truth about Santa. Her parents did the same. A lot of kids on my street had their hearts broken that day. 

If running a marathon can help raise money to keep other kids from going through what my neighbor did on that Christmas morning many years ago, I'm honored to have the chance. (And enough with me complaining about getting to participate in the world's most prestigious marathon.)

Thanks in advance for any money you can contribute.

$7,089

MONEY RAISED
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  • Emily Procknal

    $50

  • Eileen Hennessey

    $100

  • Jenn Bouchard

    $25

  • Oprah's Concubine

     

  • Kara Brickman

    $25

  • Laura Nelson

     

  • Cathy

     

  • Genevieve

    $25

  • Maureen and Jimmy Cahill

    $100

  • Mo Hanley

    $50

  • Ron Cooper

     

  • Joe & Judy King

    $100

  • Maggie Cahill

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Billy and Rachel Baker

    $200

  • Grandma

    $100

  • Lynn Kane

     

  • Jessica Mayer

    $50

  • Mike Sheehan

    $250

  • Shirley Leung

    $50

  • Beth Teitell

     

  • Patty Wen

    $50

  • Bill Connolly

    $50

  • michael kineavy

    $250

  • Alex Sanz

     

  • Paul & Sue Procknal

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $60

  • Matt Bzdel

     

  • Dani Alderman

    $25

  • Michelle O'Connor

    $10

  • Claire Cooper

    $50

  • Dana Taglin

    $20

  • Walter Robinson

    $350

  • Kristal Pooler

    $100

  • Laura Craven

    $100

  • judy king

    $100

  • Kellner

     

  • Cindy & John

    $50

  • Boston Globe Taunton team

    $539

  • Marie Princiotto

    $25

  • Eric Moskowitz

     

  • Felice Freyer

    $25

  • Jennifer Peter

    $100

  • Mike McHugh

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Dillon's Fundraiser

    $209

  • Mark Tibbetts and Family

    $25

  • Anica Butler

    $25

  • Shelley Murphy

    $100

  • Michael Bailey

    $25

  • Boston Globe book sale

    $621

  • T-shirt fundraiser

    $2,251

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118% Raised of$6,000 Goal

The Team: $14,641 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Joshua Miller

Amount Raised

$7,552

 

126% Raised of$6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Billy Baker

Amount Raised

$7,089

 

118% Raised of$6,000 Goal

Donor Comments

T-shirt fundraiser

T-shirt fundraiser

DONATION: $2,251

2 years ago

Boston Globe book sale

Boston Globe book sale

DONATION: $621

2 years ago

Michael Bailey

Michael Bailey

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy

DONATION: $100

I love my pod mates equally, but I have to give to the Southie guy. It's one thing to beat Oprah, but he still needs to get to the $$$ goal. Awesome job, Billy and Josh. 2 years ago

Anica Butler

Anica Butler

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mark Tibbetts and Family

Mark Tibbetts and Family

DONATION: $25

Great Run for a Greater Cause 2 years ago

Dillon's Fundraiser

Dillon's Fundraiser

DONATION: $209

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Mike McHugh

Mike McHugh

DONATION: $50

Hope you kick Oprah's ass ! 2 years ago