Jennifer Brown via Crowdrise
May 04, 2015
BENEFITING: MUSICAL EMPOWERMENT
EVENT DATE: May 03, 2015
Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting my fundraiser Marathon for ME. Please read below to understand my story...
I started running my freshman year of college as a way to find, create, and cultivate friendships. The early mornings, shin splints, and sweat stains worked so much that they brought me Ellen and Sonya—two of my dearest college friends and my two fellow marathon runners. Running brought me other things too. It brought me a greater love of exploring new places and a deep sense of accomplishment. I also like to think it brought me a marginally better sense of direction...
However, I’ve realized that the benefits received from running have gone to me and only me. This fundraiser is my attempt to change that.
Music is another activity that has benefited mostly me for many years. This year marks my 14th year playing classical piano. Thousands of hours playing, either to myself or shyly (and begrudgingly) to small audiences, have been a significant part of my college experience, and practice room #6 in the basement of Hill Hall has been a second home throughout my time at UNC. Teaching and playing music has brought me an assuredness in my ability, calmness in communicating to others, and thankfulness of the creative arts.
Not until this year, when I joined the executive committee for an organization called Musical Empowerment, that I realized sharing my musical abilities would bring me a greater joy than playing in an empty basement practice room ever could. To learn more about Musical Empowerment (ME for short) and what they do in the North Carolina community, go to the following link: http://www.musical-empowerment.org/
Since 2013, ME has grown to 131 student/teacher pairings, doubled in growth every year, become a 501(c) 3 non-profit, and expanded to NC State. Meredith Richard, our president and my very good friend, believes in the organization so much that she will be the first full-time employee of ME after she graduates this year, with the hope of growing it into a national organization.
People like Meredith and the rest of our committee fundamentally changed the way I view music, service, and myself. Through my experiences with ME, I’ve learned how to take things that I’m passionate about and turn them into service opportunities—something I now want to apply to other parts of my life.
Marathon for ME
I will run my first full marathon in Pittsburgh, PA on May 3, 2015. While I’ve loved (well, mostly loved) the training I’ve put in, I’ve struggled for ways to feel like this marathon is benefiting more than myself, and I’ve hopefully come up with a solution. I will be dedicating my run to Musical Empowerment, and I humbly ask you all for help in raising money and awareness for this impactful organization. Anything helps, even if it’s passing along this email to those who may find interest in the cause. As of now, the money raised will be going to buying instruments we will use to build our NC State Chapter. By running for a cause, I hope to make the run not about me, but about ME (get it?).
I always considered music as something for myself—something that, if shared, would change in meaning. I hope with this fundraiser, I will not only be sharing a little of myself with you all, but also improving what’s around me through what I’m passionate about.