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Virginia Graves' Fundraiser:

2017 GOTR Chicago Marathon

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BENEFITING: Girls on the Run - Chicago

ORGANIZER: Girls on the Run - Chicago

EVENT: 2017 GOTR Chicago Marathon

EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017

Virginia Graves

THE STORY:

My Story:

On October 4, 2017 I will turn 30 years old and on October 8, 2017 I will run my first marathon. While I have been a 'runner' since college, I have never run a full marathon and although it's an item on my bucketlist, I've long doubted my ability to do something so physically and mentally challenging. This year, just days after I celebrate a milestone in my life, I am going to prove myself wrong by running 26.2 miles and crossing the finish line with a smile on my face. In addition to training for and running the marathon, I have a goal of supporting Girls on the Run by raising $1,200 for their Chicago chapter.  


Why Girls on the Run?

Since I started running, I've found that I've become stronger, healthier, and more confident. Running makes me feel like I can do anything and helps me overcome life's various obstacles and challenges. Running also makes me see and appreciate my physical and mental strength, which is something I struggled with growing up and even into adulthood. Girls on the Run aims to teach girls to be healthy, confident, and joyous from a young age. The program shows girls that they are strong, unique, and beautiful. This is something that I passionately feel every girl, no matter her age, should feel and see in themselves. This is why I run for myself and why I run for Girls on the Run.  


More about Girls on the Run - Chicago: Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girls ages 8-14 that uses the power of running to inspire girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a non-competitive 5k running event with interactive lessons that encourage positive social-emotional and physical development among participants.  When girls participate in this program they exhibit improved self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and physical activity behaviors to a statistically significant extent(!). Girls also show positive changes regarding attitudes towards physical activity, healthy behaviors, and empowerment.  

Donate Today!

Because more than 85% of girls taking part in the Chicago area programs receive some sort of financial assistance to participate, all funds raised by the Girls on the Run SoleMates Team (the team I am fundraising for) go to underwrite program scholarships so that any girl can participate in this life-changing programing, regardless of her family's ability to pay the program fee.


Every donation has a huge impact!  

  •   $10 will cover the cost of one girl's healthy snacks for a season  
  •   $25: Covers the cost of 150 bananas for the 5k finish line  
  •   $44: Covers the cost of 50 tiaras for girls to decorate at the activities tent at the 5k  
  •   $157: Covers the cost for one girl to participate in GOTRC for one season  
  •   $260: Covers the cost of water bottles for 400 girls  
  •   $525: Covers the cost of all curriculum materials and supplies for 6 teams  
  •   $988: Covers the cost of finisher medals for 650 girls  
  •   $2,283: Covers the cost to implement the program at one new low-income site  

Please donate to my campagin today and help support this amazing program! Who knows, you might help give a future marathoner her start!


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To This Fundraiser

$1,281

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jim & Marilynn

    $350

  • Keybank Foundation

    $350

  • Kelly Comiskey

    $50

  • Melanie Chapman

    $10

  • Sam Fetcho

    $50

  • Samantha Houston

    $26.20

  • Megan L

    $25

  • Carly Kauffman

    $50

  • Molly Stein & John Tomazin

    $50

  • Janette Tepas

    $50

  • Hannah and Caleb

    $35

  • Dana

    $50

  • Cody Dailey

    $25

  • Uncle John and Aunt Barbie

    $100

  • Alice

    $35

  • Regina Rosenbrock

    $25

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107% Raised of $1,200 Goal

The Team: $342,748 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Ladewig

Amount Raised

$4,464

 

105% Raised of $4,239 Goal

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Robert Howland

Amount Raised

$3,000

 

200% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kaitlyn Hebig

Amount Raised

$2,950

 

98% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amy Farrell

Amount Raised

$2,885

 

192% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Nicole Driscoll

Amount Raised

$2,320

 

155% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Wanda Laszcz

Amount Raised

$2,275

 

152% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kathleen Hough

Amount Raised

$2,270

 

151% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Katie Ferris

Amount Raised

$2,196

 

146% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Regina Rosenbrock

Regina Rosenbrock

DONATION: $25

So impressed by you!! 1 year ago

Alice

Alice

DONATION: $35

1 year ago

Uncle John and Aunt Barbie

Uncle John and Aunt Barbie

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Cody Dailey

Cody Dailey

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Dana

Dana

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Hannah and Caleb

Hannah and Caleb

DONATION: $35

1 year ago

Janette Tepas

Janette Tepas

DONATION: $50

Yeah, Ginny!! We rise together! What a great cause!! 1 year ago

Molly Stein & John Tomazin

Molly Stein & John Tomazin

DONATION: $50

You go girl! 1 year ago

Carly Kauffman

Carly Kauffman

DONATION: $50

YOU GO GIRL! - 30 & FABULOUS - L&L 1 year ago

Megan L

Megan L

DONATION: $25

1 year ago