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The Play Brigade 2017 Boston Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: PLAY BRIGADE INC

ORGANIZER: PLAY BRIGADE INC

EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017

Jen DaPonte

THE STORY:

My heart is bursting with joy as I share the exciting news that I have been chosen to run with The Play Brigade Boston Marathon 2017 Team!  On October 18, 2016, I received the exciting news from Dawn Oates, President/Founder of The Play Brigade that I had been selected, and she was offering me an invitational entry for the 2017 Boston Marathon! Only 9 days before I had received Dawn’s email about being selected to run on the team, I had completed the Chicago Marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2018.  I could have taken a year off from the Boston Marathon in 2017, but that would have been the easy way out, so I accepted the offer to run on the team!

Dawn is a parent of 3 children at Dexter Southfield, Jack, Olivia, and Harper.  I have worked at Dexter Southfield for ten years in the admissions office, and I knew when Dawn shared the news that The Play Brigade Team would be a new charity in the Boston Marathon last year, I had to be part of it in 2017! Dawn’s youngest daughter, Harper suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury at birth and is in her first year at Dexter Southfield in our Pre-K program. 

The Play Brigade is dedicated to creating opportunities for play, recreation, and sports, where everyone participates and belongs, regardless of age or ability. Rick Muhr, my coach for the 2008 Boston Marathon and 2016 Chicago Marathon is head coach for our team.  On my very first day of training for the 2008 Boston Team, Coach Rick shared a quote by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  I learned that through running, I could run for those that can’t, and when I focus less on what I want my personal goals to be, it allows me to run with ease, grace, and compassion for others.  I thank you all in advance for supporting this great cause. I look forward to sharing some of the amazing things The Play Brigade have done over the course of my training with you!

PLAY BRIGADE INC wrote -

More fun for everyone. (Really, everyone.)

After Dawn and Justin Oates's third child was paralyzed in a catastrophic birth injury, they discovered the difficulty of planning fun family activities that included all three of their children. What started with asking for an accessible swing at a local playground evolved into a vision of a world for all individuals where there are no barriers to play, recreation, or sports, and where inclusion is the cornerstone of community. From there, The Play Brigade was born.

Advocate. Engage. Empower.

Millions of children and adults living with disabilities are missing opportunities to interact with their peers and their community in fun and meaningful ways because they are overlooked in the planning process. The Play Brigade believes that inclusion, the idea that everyone participates and everyone belongs, is the cornerstone of community. As such, the work we do is inclusive, rather than “specialized,” and we raise the bar beyond ADA compliant. We create awareness of inclusion as a social problem, illustrating how individuals and entire communities benefit when every person has the opportunity to participate and belong.

How we move the needle for social change:

We form allies who are committed to making inclusion a priority and who have the desire, ability and leadership position to effect change within their organization or municipality.

We consult with organizations on what changes they can make that will have great impact toward being more inclusive.

We create universal opportunities for fun that demonstrate what true community inclusion looks like and showcase its benefits to communities and society as a whole.

$8,475

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Peter & Jane Rioux

    $100

  • Kelly Pisarri

    $50

  • Stephanie Goff Governali

    $300

  • Anonymous

    $3,000

  • The Cahalane Family

     

  • Stephanie Teixeira-Yim

    $50

  • The Stahl Family

    $250

  • Clare Martin

     

  • The Dow Family

    $100

  • Cerissa and Gary Park

     

  • Nancy Ricci

    $50

  • Peter & Kinnon Williamson

    $100

  • Julie Guptill & Sonny Powers

    $125

  • Beth Magalhaes

    $100

  • The Prokop Battista Family

    $200

  • The Carvalhos - Derek, Sherri, Reis and Blake

    $50

  • Katie and Jeff Mathes

    $50

  • Abby Gordon

     

  • Susan Dunn

    $75

  • The Scanlan Family

     

  • Gail LiDonni

    $50

  • Sue & Cliff Lincoln

    $50

  • The Pachecos-Mark, Brenda, Sofia, & Benjamin

    $50

  • The Devens Family

    $100

  • Manuel & Barbara Da Ponte

    $100

  • Jessica Schmitz

    $50

  • Christine Day

    $50

  • George daPonte

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Amy Walsh

    $50

  • The Walsh Family

     

  • Christine Rioux

    $35

  • The Greitzer Family

     

  • Betsy Holtz

    $50

  • Sardinha Family

    $50

  • The Conlon Family

    $250

  • Amy Christie

    $25

  • The Mussotte Family

    $50

  • Michèle Albert

    $50

  • Heather Studley

    $100

  • The Maletz Family

     

  • The McLeans

     

  • Anusha & Mahesh

    $100

  • Sharon Hudon

    $50

  • Priscilla, Jared, Lucas and Isla Lescarbeau

    $25

  • Regina Winslow

    $100

  • Katie McNamara

    $100

  • Lynn Pierce

     

  • Virginia Walega

    $25

  • Samantha Shirley

    $25

  • Kimberly Bohlin Healy

    $75

  • Curtis and Amy Fazen

     

  • Jeanne Plourde

    $50

  • Marianne Conley Hodgson

    $25

  • Cristiano and Lydia DaPonte

    $100

  • Charles and Elaine Seguer

    $50

  • Tiago and Maria Medeiros

    $25

  • Sarah Diamond

     

  • Katie Burgener

    $100

  • The Crowley Family

     

  • The St. Laurent Family

    $65

  • Tamara Breda

     

  • The Monahans

    $50

  • Richard, Leslie, Ainslie & Graeme Williams

    $100

  • McEwen Family

     

  • Julia Lothrop and the boys

    $25

  • Emily Moore

     

  • Siobhan Sandel

    $50

  • Lena Doten

    $50

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The Team: $72,090 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

PLAY BRIGADE INC

Amount Raised

$22,383

 

30% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

April Anderson

Amount Raised

$13,000

 

100% Raised of $13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jason Imperato

Amount Raised

$10,047

Fundraiser Title

Jen DaPonte

Amount Raised

$8,475

Fundraiser Title

lindsey pierce

Amount Raised

$8,274

 

103% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Amanda Coppola

Amount Raised

$7,525

 

100% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jonathan Ledee

Amount Raised

$2,385

 

32% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Lena Doten

Lena Doten

DONATION: $50

So proud of you, Jen, and the amazing cause you are representing. Way to go! 2 years ago

Siobhan Sandel

Siobhan Sandel

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Emily Moore

Emily Moore

2 years ago

Julia Lothrop and the boys

Julia Lothrop and the boys

DONATION: $25

ð 2 years ago

McEwen Family

McEwen Family

An amazing woman running for an amazing little girl and cause. You can do it Jen!! 2 years ago

Richard, Leslie, Ainslie & Graeme Williams

Richard, Leslie, Ainslie & Graeme Williams

DONATION: $100

"Being a runner means you are now 'free' to win and lose and live life to its fullest." -- Bill Rodgers 2 years ago

The Monahans

The Monahans

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Tamara Breda

Tamara Breda

2 years ago

The St. Laurent Family

The St. Laurent Family

DONATION: $65

Cheering you on every step!!!! Love you Jennie! 2 years ago

The Crowley Family

The Crowley Family

Way to go Jen! We are SO proud...as always!!! 2 years ago