Skip to content
brianladley's profile image - click for profile

Brian Ladley's Fundraiser:

Team Friends of the Public Garden - Boston Marathon 2013

Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
Brian's Photo
 

Brian Ladley via Crowdrise
April 17, 2013

I surpassed my goal thanks to my supporters, thank you! I was prevented from crossing the finish line, but was unharmed and am grateful.  See more

BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN

ORGANIZER: FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN

EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013

Brian Ladley

THE STORY:

I am so excited to have the opportunity to run in the Boston Marathon!  I started running in high school, and since then ran casually for many years.  In 2003 I experienced significant hearing loss that continues to this day due to an illness.  Running was my way to focus on my health and come to terms with my challenges of communication.  Hearing loss is a lot like living in a foreign country where you never have a chance to learn the language, but everyone expects you to keep up.  It’s a very intimidating and isolating experience.  It took me a while to realize that even though I might not be able to communicate effectively, I could still sure as heck run.

I kept pushing myself to run longer and longer distances.  Looking back it was obviously my way to have control over something since I couldn’t control my lack of hearing.   I decided to sign up for 5K’s, then 10K’s, then a half marathon in 2008.  Finishing the Cape Cod marathon in 2009 gave me a sense of confidence that I had been lacking since 2003.  I have been running a marathon each year- for me- ever since.  I gradually began to feel it was time to give something back, join a team, run for another purpose that I truly believe in.

When I discovered Friends of the Public Garden was seeking runners, I was ecstatic.  I knew this would be a perfect fit for me.  I have truly loved visiting the Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Ave Mall since I moved to Massachusetts in 2005.  I understand the effort and resources it requires to keep these special places in excellent condition, available to the public and protected from commercial encroachment.  My passion for art history and historic preservation drew me to learn about what it takes to maintain the many irreplaceable sculptures and art pieces that are scattered throughout the parks.  Not only do the Friends protect and preserve the trees and open space, they also expertly care for these art treasures so that all visitors may continue to enjoy them.

I am very excited to contribute my time and talent to the Friends in this unique way.  Thank you so much for reading this and I hope you will consider supporting me in this effort!

 

The Friends of the Public Garden, a parks advocacy organization founded in 1970, has a mission to preserve, protect and enhance Boston's first three public parks: the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, in partnership with the City of Boston Parks Department. Did you know that the Boston Common is the countrys' first public park? Or that the Boston Public Garden is the countrys' first botanical garden?

The Friends encourage citizen advocacy, conduct improvement projects, sponsor educational programs and family events in the parks, and provide much needed financial support for tree care, bench replacement, monument conservation, and fountain restoration and maintenance, ensuring that the critical natural and structural features of these parks receive the vital care that they need.

Beyond our annual stewardship work in the parks, we are now in the midst of a $4million improvement project on the Boston Common to renovate the Brewer Fountain Plaza and Parkland stretching from Tremont Street up to the Shaw memorial, the front lawn of our State House. This is the most ambitious project in our 41-year history and is dramatically transforming the most neglected, yet most heavily used, corner of the Common into one of the most striking public spaces in the city.  The new granite plaza around the beautiful 150 year-old Brewer Fountain is now adorned with cafe tables, chairs and umbrellas. Piano music is played at lunchtime and food is available from a high-end food truck.  Thirty-two new trees, new grass, curbs, and paths have revitalized the Liberty Mall (up the hill to the Shaw memorial) and created a lush parkland oasis perfect for relaxing and escaping the bustling city.

Whether these parks are a place to enjoy with your family and friends, a pathway through which you commute to work each day, or a place of respite, we hope you will consider joining us in supporting this green heritage. Learn more at www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org

 

 

$6,210

MONEY RAISED
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Laura Jennings

     

  • Scott Righter

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Iris Snidely

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennifer Graham

     

  • Sally and Bob Tucker

     

  • Dottie Callaghan

     

  • Jen Unterberger

     

  • Kimberly Markey

     

  • Mom

     

  • Milly Neff

     

  • Mary Hildenbrand

     

  • The Bryson's

     

  • Marguerite Marion

     

  • Sheila Moss

     

  • Asa Decker

     

  • Ed & Dante

     

  • Bob & Pat Ross

     

  • Bob and Moe

     

  • Nancy and Bill Jones

     

  • Jeff Sewesky

     

  • Kathleen & Paul Kostka

     

  • Beth Miller and Tom Hallock

     

  • Leslie & Tim

     

  • Lois and Bruce Peiffer

     

  • Nancy MacDonald

     

  • Judith and John Collins

     

  • Evelyn J. Furse

     

  • Yolanda

     

  • Sandy Davidson

     

  • Megan Farrell

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Michelle Neumann

     

  • Susan Moore

     

  • Wendy, Jonathan & Emma

     

  • Donald & Betty Ann Waldo

     

  • David & Therese Dolbec

     

  • Harry Ettenger

     

  • Mom

     

  • Valerie & Ed Lewis

     

  • Dorothy Beaton

     

  • Lynne Sampson

     

  • John & Sandy

     

  • Cathy Nagorski and Monica Stubner

     

  • Katie Albright

     

  • Left Bank Gallery Friends

     

  • Alice & Saul Shocket

     

  • Go Team Cheerleaders

     

  • Debra Adair Medveckus

     

  • Marilyn Knox

     

  • Paul Schwartz

     

  • Susan Lavoir

     

  • Meredith and Billy Starr

     

  • BonBon

     

  • Shirley & Patricia Moore

     

  • Marcy Kolchinsky

     

  • John & Patricia Fallender

     

  • Harry Ettenger

     

  • Sally & Job Taylor

     

  • Joanne Kaufmann

     

  • Anne Brooke, FoPG President

     

  • Anonymous Cheerleader

     

  • Kristin Carey and Matt Keough

     

  • Katherine Collins

     

  • Carrie Dunn

     

  • Jim and Sandy Davidson

     

  • Christy Smith

     

  • Tracy Williams Stevens

     

  • Jane and Joel Furman

     

  • Cat & Mike Stillwagon

     

  • Tracey Fraser

     

  • Lynn Evanko

     

  • Brian and Sarah Sharp

     

  • Dottie &Bob; Barnard

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Smith Family

     

  • Susan Hare

     

  • Mark & Cathy Zeller & Shelby Winder

     

  • Connie Wilson

     

  • Paula and Stanley Brady

     

  • Dennis & Brenda Albertson

     

  • Amy and Phil Johnson

     

  • Lyn Stelacone

     

  • Dean and Carol Romano

     

  • Shawn Driscoll and Mary Carten-Driscoll

     

  • Francis Deluca

     

  • Kristin Carey

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Lynn Wilkins

     

  • Kerren Steckler

     

  • The Storey Family

     

  • Good luck! Jim & Alicia, xo

     

  • Jennifer Scofield

     

  •  
  •  
  •  
 

104% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Boston Marathon News on Twitter John Hancock on Facebook Go to the 2013 Boston Marathon Event Page

The Team: $28,255 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Allison Byrne

Amount Raised

$9,620

 

128% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Laura Jennings

Amount Raised

$6,425

 

107% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Brian Ladley

Amount Raised

$6,210

 

104% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lori Shoemaker

Amount Raised

$6,000

 

100% Raised of $6,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Jennifer Scofield

Jennifer Scofield

5 years ago

Good luck! Jim & Alicia, xo

Good luck! Jim & Alicia, xo

5 years ago

The Storey Family

The Storey Family

We love you! 5 years ago

Kerren Steckler

Kerren Steckler

5 years ago

Lynn Wilkins

Lynn Wilkins

5 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

5 years ago

Kristin Carey

Kristin Carey

5 years ago

Francis Deluca

Francis Deluca

5 years ago

Shawn Driscoll and Mary Carten-Driscoll

Shawn Driscoll and Mary Carten-Driscoll

5 years ago

Dean and Carol Romano

Dean and Carol Romano

5 years ago