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YMCA 2015 Boston Marathon Team

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BENEFITING: YMCA Greater Boston

ORGANIZER: YMCA Greater Boston

EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015

Ali Dallaire

THE STORY:

Y I Run

I wonder when it will really hit me…you’re running the Boston Marathon.  Recently, I walked across the finish line and couldn't quite believe that I was going to become one of the many people I have watched in awe as they journey through a city that has meant so much to so many people.  After April 15th 2013, running the Boston Marathon became a life goal that brought both nerves and dedication.  To run for a city that has played such a special role in my childhood and adult life is simply incredible.  To run on behalf of a man that has taught me how to cherish family, value friends, and find a place of work that changes my life for the better…well, there simply are no words.  He is why I run.

My grandfather, Wayne Evans, began his YMCA career during his final year at Boston University.  In need of a part-time job, he started at the Dorchester YMCA running their men’s leagues, summer camp (now referred to as Camp Ponkapoag), and teen programs.  By May’s graduation, he was offered a full-time position.  The rest, as you say, is history.  After his time with Greater Boston, he transitioned to become the Associate Executive in Providence, Rhode Island.  After building their programs, he made another move to Malden to be their Executive Director.  Finally, he was offered the CEO/President position at the Old Colony YMCA in Brockton.  It was at Old Colony that he built their association by linking up with a few of the independent branches.  With over 40 years with the YMCA, my grandfather retired in the early 90s. 

To this day, every visit is filled with Y stories and the one I cherish most, is that has always told me how he valued and loved going to work every single day.  Not many people can say that.  As I work to achieve even a fraction of the career he held, I love working for a place that has meant so much to my family.

Growing up a Y kid, I started in their Early Education and family programs.  From mommy and me infant swim classes, to before/afterschool, summer camp, gymnastics, horseback riding…you name it, I learned how to do it at the Y.  Naturally, after my first year of college I decided to apply to the Y to become a camp counselor.  I figured there was no better place to learn whether my passion for education and child/family development  was real.  Within weeks I was hooked and I knew this was where I needed to be.  Throughout college and graduate school, I kept my ties to the Y.  As I worked through my final semester at Tufts I knew the real world was coming fast.  I applied everywhere, but knew where I truly wanted to be.  With a little luck and an informational interview with my now admired colleague, I got my foot in the door of the Greater Boston YMCA with a part-time/temporary position working on a summer grant for our teen workers.   As I head into year six at the association I strive to value each transition just as my grandfather did back when he began. 

My “Y Story” certainly isn’t a short one, but I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about Y I Run.  Why I’m choosing to spend these next few months running in the dead of winter and asking you to help me get there.  I am blessed to give back to YGB and all they offer to our families, communities, and specifically youth.  The money you donate may be going to the next Wayne Evans.  The next young person looking to make a difference for a place that has changed their life for the better.

Thank you for letting me share my story and supporting me through my journey to the finish line.

$8,420

MONEY RAISED
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  • Marian Evans

    $500

  • Sean Toland

    $100

  • The Houles

    $50

  • Hannah Nichols

     

  • Nichole & Jon Jewell

    $100

  • Erin, Sean & Evan Harris

    $75

  • Scott & Jeryl Bacon

    $100

  • Doug and Betsy Evans

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $1,500

  • Grampy Ray S.

    $100

  • Jamie Swanson

    $50

  • Beth

    $25

  • Miles, Megan & Molly

    $50

  • Rose Yanni

    $25

  • Jacquelyn Rudis

    $50

  • Jason Bianchi

    $50

  • Karina T

     

  • Luba Feigenberg

     

  • Kelley Rice

    $100

  • Elizabeth Spadea Desmarais

    $25

  • Tina and Dave Lawton

    $101

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Wayne and Bette Evans

    $500

  • Amy, Paul, Kathryn and Sarah Turner

    $100

  • Mina Rodopoulos

    $100

  • Corrie & Dave Spohn

    $100

  • Matt and Mary Jo Ricketson

    $500

  • Michael & Karen Grad

    $50

  • Jeanne Spadea Morris

    $25

  • Kate and Mark Ward

    $50

  • Heather Ritter

     

  • The Avanzinos

    $25

  • Jim O'Leary & Jessica Lessing

    $26

  • Amy Palmieri

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Wendy Zinn

    $25

  • Mark and Colleen

    $25

  • Gail Klimas

    $25

  • Bryan Evans & Kate Evans

    $50

  • Kate Lemay

    $25

  • Talia and Taylor Brinkman

    $50

  • Bobby K

    $26

  • Ann Tikkanen & Mark Sullivan

    $100

  • Amanda Cleary

    $50

  • Jeffrey and Susan Russell

    $100

  • Joanne Spadea

    $50

  • John Santos III and Teresa Santos

    $90

  • Anita, Chris and Tim Morey

    $25

  • Pauline Leonard

    $25

  • Vincent and Nancy Marturano

    $100

  • James Simonson

    $50

  • Charles Gomes

    $100

  • David and Donna Anne Frenette

    $100

  • Peter Jezard

    $100

  • Kylie Biela

    $100

  • Court & Andy

    $52

  • Jeremy and Lindsay

    $50

  • Aaron Donahue

    $50

  • Regina Lyons

    $30

  • Hayley Yaffe

     

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Meg, Troy, Grace, and Graeme

    $50

  • Melissa Braatz

    $25

  • Coastal Medical

    $200

  • Doris Bernier

    $25

  • John and Susan Sullivan

    $50

  • Cory Scott Brien

    $50

  • Joseph and Susan Sica

    $50

  • David and Panela Lauria

    $30

  • Katherine Obara

    $30

  • Todd and Kristen Viccione

    $30

  • Patti and Al

    $50

  • Nicholas and Cornelia Panselinas

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $180

  • El Bertrand

    $25

  • Patricia Barnwell

    $25

  • Marissa Carignan

    $25

  • Jackie Guittarr

    $25

  • Jenni Schwab

    $50

  • Nicole Bifano

    $50

  • Oscar Lopez

    $25

  • Paul Mantell

    $100

  • Joey Cuzzi

    $100

  • Carol Bliss

    $30

  • Brad Ricketson

     

  • Joey Gaeta

    $25

  • The Baez Family

     

  • MARY OLEARY

    $25

  • Russo Family

     

  • Donna Desmond

    $100

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105% Raised of $8,000 Goal

The Team: $46,331 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

YMCA Greater Boston

Amount Raised

$12,500

 

31% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Joanna Murphy

Amount Raised

$8,947

 

89% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tina Kennedy

Amount Raised

$8,626

 

96% Raised of $9,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ali Dallaire

Amount Raised

$8,420

 

105% Raised of $8,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

mohaan raaj

Amount Raised

$7,838

 

105% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Donna Desmond

Donna Desmond

DONATION: $100

Congratulations - Remarkable goal! 2 years ago

Russo Family

Russo Family

2 years ago

MARY OLEARY

MARY OLEARY

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

The Baez Family

The Baez Family

2 years ago

Joey Gaeta

Joey Gaeta

DONATION: $25

Best of luck today Ali! I know you will do fantastic!! 2 years ago

Brad Ricketson

Brad Ricketson

2 years ago

Carol Bliss

Carol Bliss

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Joey Cuzzi

Joey Cuzzi

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Paul Mantell

Paul Mantell

DONATION: $100

Go Ali 2 years ago

Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez

DONATION: $25

2 years ago