BENEFITING: Fairmount Park Conservancy
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
To my beloved Friends and Family! :
I need your help! A few months ago I asked Jarrell to challenge me, I told him I felt like I was in a small rut in regards to health and wellness. I was determined to step out of my comfort zone and to complete something significant. I had decided it was time to run the Broad Street Race; 10 miles down Broad Street. So now it's the beginning of February and I signed up for the lottery. All while anticipating I would easily get a bid, and why wouldn't I? -- I was so determined to switch up my routine. BUT, I did not get into Broad Street. Somewhat surprised, especially since my sister Amber who singed up with 4 hours left in the lottery got a bid, I knew I still needed to get into that race.
I searched for alternate bid options and found out that I could run under a non-profit all while raising money for them. I work in the non-profit and NGO community so this was a no brainer, but even better I found that I could support my own neighborhood -- Fairmount Park Conservancy. I then committed to the Fairmount Park Conservancy with a minimum of $475 to raise, and in turn I would get a bid to the Broad Street Race.
Very excited to share my news, I told my whole family about it the next morning when I saw them at my mother's house in Sea Isle City, NJ. We were all down there for the Polar Bear Plunge, a tradition the whole family participates in by jumping in the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. However, when I shared my news, I got questions of Why? and Why now? Comments like 'This isn't very like you...'. While I knew this wasn't like me, I told them I was looking for a challenge. A bit puzzled, they accepted and moved on.
Come the next day, post-Polar Bear Plunge, Jarrell and I head home to enjoy a 70 degree day on Feb. 19th. We had plans to tour the Philadelphia Art Museum, and explore our city. As we head up the stairs to the museum, Jarrell proposes to me and celebration ensues. My family jumps out from around the corner, having known he was going to propose for almost a month now, and then it all makes sense. Why were they questioning me about wanting to run 10 miles in May? Well, they thought I knew the proposal was coming, and therefore I wanted to get in shape! Although, the timing was perfect, I had no idea about Jarrell's plans and did not anticipate running the race as a fiancée! So now that I have several reasons for running this race, please consider donating to the Fairmount Park Conservancy in support of me!
Thank you in advance! And depending on the size of your donation, I may seat you closest to the bar or dessert table, which ever is preferred, at our upcoming wedding!
Here is a little bit more about the Park:
Fairmount Park Conservancy is the non-profit champion for Philadelphia’s park system. Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. We lead capital and historic preservation projects, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage resources, and develop innovative programs throughout the 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the world which is home to some of our region’s most famous attractions. Our work in Philadelphia’s parks strives to enhance the quality of life and stimulate economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. Learn more about the Fairmount Park Conservancy at www.myphillypark.org Follow the Fairmount Park Conservancy on Instagram and twitter Like the Fairmount Park Conservancy on Facebook:www.facebook.com/FairmountParkConservancy