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Michele's Swim for Safety - Benefitting Lucie's Place

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Tampa-bound tomorrow! Thank you All!
November 02, 2016

Heading to Tampa/St. Pete tomorrow with my kayaker (Paul) and cheer squad (baby Skyler). And thanks to you all, I've exceeded my goal of 2k$  See more

BENEFITING: Lucie's Place

EVENT DATE: Nov 05, 2016

Michele Merritt

THE STORY:

In November, I will be swimming a 6.5 mile ocean race in the Gulf of Mexico, near Tampa, Florida. (Here is the race website, in case you are interested:  https://www.swimwithoutlimits.com/sfd-race-details.html). To motivate me, I want to raise money for a charity I strongly believe in, Lucie's Place (http://www.luciesplace.org/), a non-profit organization that helps ensure the safety and security of homeless LGBTQIA youth in Arkansas, where I currently live. Members of the LGBTQIA community face many difficulties everywhere, but especially in the south. This is why Lucie's place is so special - it is a safe haven for young people who have been abandoned or ostracized from their families and have nowhere else to turn.

Here is a little bit more about what Lucie's Place does, from their website:

Lucie's Place is a dream in response to the nightmare that is many young Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) peoples lives. The board of Lucie's Place is working to open a long-term transitional shelter in the Central Arkansas area, which will be open specifically to LGBTQ identified young adults. Only 5-10% of the general population identify as LGBTQ, however 20-40% of the homeless population share this identity. Although equality for LGBTQ people has come a long way in the past 50 years, harassment and violence (verbal, physical and sexual) are commonly experienced by youth and young adults coming out as LGBTQ at home. A study found that nearly one-third of homeless youth “left home specifically because of sexual abuse by one of their parents.” Once homeless, many young adults find survival sex necessary (sex in exchange for food, shelter, money, etc). A Canadian study found that LGBT young adults were almost 3 times more likely to engage in survival sex, than heterosexual young adults. A 2009 eight-city study found that “homeless youth and young adults who engaged in survival sex were 4.5 times more likely to have attempted suicide than those who had not engaged in the behavior.” The cards are stacked against LGBTQ homeless young adults, not only in large cities such as New York or San Francisco, but in Central Arkansas as well. With your help, we can try to shed some positive light on this these grim situations and statistics.

And if you are still reading, a little more about why I'm doing this. On May 20th, my partner, Paul and I had a baby boy, Skyler. Since then, I have suffered severe post-partum depression and decided the best way to overcome this was to snap back into my swimming self. Last year, in June, I swam 12.5 miles around Key West and raised a ton of money for GEMS - a mentoring service for women who have been victims of sex trafficking - and it made me feel so good to accomplish such a difficult feat, all while benefitting an awesome charity. So, this fundraiser is also a personal endeavor for me to gain my confidence back and show my son what it means to be a caring and giving person, so that one day he might do amazing things for people in need. 

One last pitch - don't forget that your donation is tax-deductible! 

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To This Fundraiser

$2,500

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Joanne Waugh

    $25

  • Jackmerius Tacktheritrix

    $100

  • Uncle John

    $50

  • Grandpa and Grammie Merritt

    $100

  • Paul Hiebing

    $50

  • Danette

    $25

  • Kristy

    $100

  • Aili Bresnahan

     

  • Stephanie Robinson

    $25

  • Daniel Estrada

    $50

  • Michael Funke

    $20

  • VM

    $25

  • Stephanie Robinson

    $50

  • Peggy, Petra & Priya Williams

    $30

  • Stephanie Robinson

    $100

  • Stephanie Robinson

    $25

  • Stephanie Johnson

    $25

  • Liz Victor & Emre Keskin

    $150

  • Yoodleoodle roodleck

    $500

  • Teresa Fuller

    $25

  • The Kingsbury Family

    $25

  • Stephanie Robinson

     

  • Cara Sullivan

    $100

  • Maria Shafer

    $25

  • Laurie

    $100

  • Elinor

    $25

  • Kristi and Liam Costello

    $25

  • Sarah Halsrud

    $10

  • Casey and Gracie Merritt

    $150

  • Sarah Kendig

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Carolyn Hilliard

    $100

  • Cherisse Jones-Branch

    $25

  • Anita Regler

    $25

  • Lisa Hiebing

    $200

  • Michele Williams

    $65

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125% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,500 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Michele Williams

Michele Williams

DONATION: $65

10 months ago

Lisa Hiebing

Lisa Hiebing

DONATION: $200

10 months ago

Anita Regler

Anita Regler

DONATION: $25

10 months ago

Cherisse Jones-Branch

Cherisse Jones-Branch

DONATION: $25

10 months ago

Carolyn Hilliard

Carolyn Hilliard

DONATION: $100

In Loving Memory of Burtton Corbin 10 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

10 months ago

Sarah Kendig

Sarah Kendig

DONATION: $50

Tribute to Rebecca and Jim Rohrbach and their wonderful, welcoming friends! 10 months ago

Casey and Gracie Merritt

Casey and Gracie Merritt

DONATION: $150

In Memory of Sufi 10 months ago

Sarah Halsrud

Sarah Halsrud

DONATION: $10

10 months ago

Kristi and Liam Costello

Kristi and Liam Costello

DONATION: $25

You are amazing!!! Thank you for supporting this incredibly worthwhile cause. 10 months ago