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Samantha Bender's Fundraiser:

Out Youth and Austin Gives Miles

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BENEFITING: Out Youth

ORGANIZER: Out Youth

EVENT: Austin Marathon 2017

EVENT DATE: Feb 19, 2017

Samantha Bender

THE STORY:

"Jogging is the worst, Chris. I mean, I know it keeps you healthy, but God. At what cost?" - Ann Perkins (Parks & Rec)

I'm Samantha Bender and I am not a runner. In 2015 I decided to run a half marathon (on a whim) in OKC. Two years later, that same act of whimsy came back, and I find myself training to run the Austin Half Marathon.

I have a million things to say, but this “about me” page should probably stay a page and not a novel, so I’ll get to the point. The point is this: I know firsthand how sacred safe spaces for LGBTQ people, especially youth, are. I know how needed they are. For 26 years, Out Youth has been a safe space in Central Texas, providing services and support for LGBTQ youth. I want to do anything I can (including asking you donate while I huff and puff my way through 13.1 miles) to make sure they can continue to be that place for those who feel outcast, less-than, or alone.

If you have a spare few bucks to donate, that’s awesome and greatly appreciated! If you don’t, consider donating your time to a LGBTQ safe space near you--or just be a safe space for someone you know.

To paraphrase Wesley/Hillary Clinton: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

Right now, I can run so I am going to run.

Onward, friends.

Out Youth Mission Statement: Out Youth serves the Central Texas LGBTQ+ (lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.

Founded in 1990, Out Youth has grown and changed over the years, but we’ve always retained our most important facet – providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to come together, receive support, and make friends who understand who they are.

We host a variety of programs and services for youth, and provide trainings and resources for parents, teachers and community members.

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To This Fundraiser

$235

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kris & Randy Baggerly

    $25

  • Hannah Brenton

    $25

  • Andrew & Kat

    $25

  • Whitney Jones

    $75

  • Anonymous

     

  • Matthew McClure

    $30

  • Cynthia Rachilla

    $25

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59% Raised of $400 Goal

The Team: $2,126 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Tina Zarate

Amount Raised

$653

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Samantha Bender

Amount Raised

$235

 

59% Raised of $400 Goal

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Amanda Downum

Amount Raised

$125

 

31% Raised of $400 Goal

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Kathryn Gonzales

Amount Raised

$50

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Rachael Duval

Amount Raised

$0

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Daniel Arredondo

Amount Raised

$0

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Carlo Castillo

Amount Raised

$0

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Ed Hassinger

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$0

Donor Comments

Cynthia Rachilla

Cynthia Rachilla

DONATION: $25

7 months ago

Matthew McClure

Matthew McClure

DONATION: $30

8 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

8 months ago

Whitney Jones

Whitney Jones

DONATION: $75

8 months ago

Andrew & Kat

Andrew & Kat

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Hannah Brenton

Hannah Brenton

DONATION: $25

8 months ago

Kris & Randy Baggerly

Kris & Randy Baggerly

DONATION: $25

8 months ago