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Jennifer Brown's Fundraiser:

Marathon for ME

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May 04, 2015

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BENEFITING: MUSICAL EMPOWERMENT

EVENT DATE: May 03, 2015

Jennifer Brown

THE STORY:

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting my fundraiser Marathon for ME. Please read below to understand my story...

Running

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

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.

Musical Empowerment

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.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Meredith Richard

     

  • Lanette Lind

    $10

  • Christina Cheng

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Sean Wu and Family

    $100

  • Hason

    $180

  • Frank's Grandma

    $20

  • Tom Kowalczyk and Jane Roosa

     

  • Kyle

    $10

  • Chris and Cindy Brown

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Henry & Annie

    $50

  • Christina Lai

     

  • Laura & Paul Woods

    $45

  • Uncle Dan

    $50

  • Joe & Phyllis Murray

    $100

  • Marshawn

     

  • Keith and Nancy MacEwen grandparents

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

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100% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $1,000 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Brown

Amount Raised

$900

 

90% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sean Wu

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

Here's the last bit! Have fun tomorrow and I can't wait to hear about it! 2 years ago

Keith and Nancy MacEwen   grandparents

Keith and Nancy MacEwen grandparents

DONATION: $50

Way to go Jennifer!!! 2 years ago

Marshawn

Marshawn

I got fined. This is for all the athletes who love music but can't play because they too busy being a beast. 2 years ago

Joe & Phyllis Murray

Joe & Phyllis Murray

DONATION: $100

Wonderful idea to do this, Jennifer! 2 years ago

Uncle Dan

Uncle Dan

DONATION: $50

Music is one of the Greatest Gifts to Give. Enjoy the Event… I know you can Do It 2 years ago

Laura & Paul Woods

Laura & Paul Woods

DONATION: $45

You are awesome Jen! Big hug! 2 years ago

Christina Lai

Christina Lai

2 years ago

Henry & Annie

Henry & Annie

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Congratulations to you and the team. Have a great run and enjoy each mile!! 2 years ago

Chris and Cindy Brown

Chris and Cindy Brown

DONATION: $100

Here's to reaching many more less fortunate kids with the gift of music - way to go ! 2 years ago