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Help make VICAT a reality

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Ben Appleyard

THE STORY:

15 years ago I ran my first marathon with the goal to qualify for the 2000 Boston Marathon. I achieved that goal, and now I am preparing to run another marathon – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon – with a much more important goal: to help disadvantaged youth and adults in transition living on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

I’ll run the 26.2 miles – even if I’m not as fast as I was 15 years ago – but I need your help to achieve my goal.

On October 12, I’m gonna run like it’s 1999 (or maybe more like it’s 1968)

In the 1960’s, my grandfather – then the Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh – met Bill Strickland, a young artist and community leader who had a dream of changing people’s lives by exposing them to the arts. My grandfather introduced Bill to community members who provided some of the initial support that helped create the Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA in 1968.

Today, Bill’s simple philosophy – that you can enable students to become productive society members by constructing an empowering atmosphere of art, light and music with a staff that strives to realize the genius in everyone – has led to centers for arts and technology across the U.S., and the effort is starting to spread globally to communities like St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.

Virgin Islands Center for Arts & Technology

Bill and I met for the first time two years ago, after my sister in law heard Bill’s story – and his references to my grandfather – at a conference she was attending. Since that fortuitous encounter, we’ve been working together to launch the Virgin Islands Center for Arts & Technology (VICAT) here in St. Croix.

I believe that a program like VICAT can help the people of St. Croix, just as the centers in Boston, Cincinnati, San Francisco and other communities have helped expose disadvantaged youth to the arts and provide vocational training to adults in transition.

I am running Chicago to not only help raise money for VICAT, but also share our vision more broadly – especially with local businesses who we can partner with to provide training for their employment needs.

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To This Fundraiser

$4,144

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sydney E. Cornwall

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • kelly

    $100

  • Frank and Carol

    $50

  • rachel bearbower

    $25

  • Bob and Debby Appleyard

    $200

  • Kristy, Emily and Levi Litman

    $101

  • Ernie Anguilla

    $50

  • Jillian Sullivan

    $100

  • Mike Conner

    $50

  • Katharine Appleyard

    $50

  • Emmy Vallandingham

    $51

  • Charlie Crisp

    $23

  • In thanksgiving for my Godson and in Memory of Katherine and Robert Appleya

    $500

  • Jason

    $51

  • A-T Connell

    $51

  • Andy Tuck

    $101

  • Lorene D'Angelo

     

  • Julie Barber

    $51

  • T.J. Crawford

    $50

  • Mike Weiner

    $101

  • Nancy Kosek

     

  • Pam Ernst

    $100

  • The Parkinsons

    $51

  • Jill Belanger

    $51

  • 101

    $101

  • Christine

    $51

  • Laura Shepard - Good Luck

    $101

  • David Kyle

    $20

  • Adam & Claire Forkner

    $101

  • Betsy & Bill

    $26

  • Cathy Canniff

    $51

  • Elizabeth Cochran

    $35

  • Joe Onofrio & Michele Lombardo

    $101

  • Rob, Jennifer, Soffi and Daisy Johnson

    $106

  • Chris & Annie Christie

    $25

  • The Helvig Family

     

  • The Schilowitz Family

     

  • Carla Molina

    $50

  • LB Eaton

    $51

  • Jackie Gebler

     

  • Mary Ellen, Jon, Ellie & Ben Schneider

    $100

  • The Mangual Family

    $50

  • Deborah H

    $25

  • Liz G. Armstrong

    $200

  • Uncle Jeff

    $100

  • Courtney Robinson

     

  • Lara, Jed, Luke, and Jackson

    $50

  • Todd Rosin

     

  • Ray, Jane, Chris and Dan

    $150

  • Dave & Marybeth

    $26

  • Michael and Kelly Richert

    $57

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83% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Michael and Kelly Richert

Michael and Kelly Richert

DONATION: $57

Go Ben Go! Playlist contributions: Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved" and "Three Little Birds" Pressure "VI Nice" Michael Jackson "They Don't Really Care About Us" Clean Bandit "Rather Be" Acoustic Syndicate "Sailor Suit" U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday" 4 years ago

Dave & Marybeth

Dave & Marybeth

DONATION: $26

4 years ago

Ray, Jane, Chris and Dan

Ray, Jane, Chris and Dan

DONATION: $150

In memory of Bishop Robert and Katie 4 years ago

Todd Rosin

Todd Rosin

Have fun on the run! 4 years ago

Lara, Jed, Luke, and Jackson

Lara, Jed, Luke, and Jackson

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson

Good luck, Ben! 4 years ago

Uncle Jeff

Uncle Jeff

DONATION: $100

Tear it up , Daddy-O. 4 years ago

Liz G. Armstrong

Liz G. Armstrong

DONATION: $200

Good Luck Ben ! 4 years ago

Deborah H

Deborah H

DONATION: $25

Good luck Ben! Enjoy :) 4 years ago

The Mangual Family

The Mangual Family

DONATION: $50

Good luck Ben! We would like to add "What About Everything" by Carbon Leaf to your playlist. 4 years ago