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Nikki Smith's Fundraiser:

Zoo New England Boston Marathon 2015

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Nikki Smith

THE STORY:

Hi!  I'm Nikki and I am so proud and honored to be running for the Zoo New England Boston Marathon Team this coming April, 2015. I quit my job, packed up my car, and moved to Boston in the spring of 2002 after receiving a dream job offer to be a zookeeper.  Currently, I'm one of the lead keepers at Franklin Park's Tropical Forest Pavilion and if you can't tell by my picture, I truly love my job. Nothing could make me happier than combining my love for the animals with my love of running.

When I'm not taking care of the animals, I also help coach the "5K Club" as part of the Zoo's Wellness Program.  This past year, I got to be a part of helping several of my coworkers train for and finish their first 5Ks.  I've run two half marathons this year along (most recently the South Shore Half in 1:52:11) with one of my fellow Tropical Forest keepers and you can often find me heading out through the giraffe entrance at noon to get a run in my lunch break.  

I have run three marathons in the past and finished two of them.  My first marathon was the very hilly inaugural Manchester, NH, marathon where I learned that there's always one more hill to run and finished in the lightning fast time of 4:56:53.  Sadly, I had to drop out of the 2008 Boston Marathon due to injury so I'm looking for a little redemption this year.  In May 2009, I finished my hometown Pittsburgh Marathon in 4:39:22 and I'd love to beat that time.  I have a lot of experience with long runs in Boston in February and I'm very much looking forward to it!  

This wouldn't be possible for me without the love and support of my husband, Dave and our two little angels Avery and Paige.  

Thanks so much for your time and your support!

 

Commonwealth Zoological Corporation wrote -

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.
Zoo New England

Commonwealth Zoological Corporation D/B/A Zoo New England ("Zoo New England") is the private, non-profit corporation that operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Zoo New England progamming is made possible through earned revenues and state, private, and corporate funding.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1912 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the regional appeal of the Zoo.

Stone Zoo

Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. Charles Price, Superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission’s Middlesex Fells Reservation, founded the Zoo in 1905, and in 1969, the site was renamed in honor of Walter D. Stone, a former Zoo Director. In 1991, the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC) was created to maintain care, custody, and control of both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. 
 

$6,410

MONEY RAISED
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  • Flanny

    $50

  • Tom Bedetti

    $10

  • Fran Beck

    $25

  • Rachael Rahn

    $25

  • Patricia Rogers

    $50

  • TD

    $52

  • Nikki's Jamberry Fundraiser, Karla McClain, Consultant

    $155

  • Katie Luniewicz

    $30

  • Luniewicz family

    $50

  • John Linehan

    $200

  • Natalya Zahn

    $25

  • Bob and Diane Mitsch

    $25

  • Linda King

     

  • Michelle Chandler

    $25

  • Lynn Crisci and Frank Julian

    $12

  • Rachel Jakosalem

    $10

  • The Hamm Family

    $100

  • Jef Taylor

    $10

  • Christine Bartos

    $10

  • Jon and Gail O'Malley

    $20

  • Jessica Honeywell

    $35

  • Nicole Wedick

    $35

  • Shawna Nagle

    $50

  • Lindsay Opdyke

    $50

  • Amy Rutherford

    $10

  • Felicia Mazzone

    $50

  • Courtney Ready

    $25

  • Brooke and Josh Wardrop

    $25

  • Kat Giller

    $25

  • Eileen Maher

    $56

  • Erica Farrell

    $35

  • Randi Guire

    $50

  • Leo Horne

    $105

  • Shareen Knowlton

    $50

  • Dorothy Barr

    $25

  • Elizabeth Stefan

    $10

  • Cayla Tetzlaff

    $25

  • Nikki Bryant and family

    $50

  • Nicholas Cerrato

    $50

  • ZNE Board Member

    $200

  • Rita Dalton

    $15

  • Luther and Anala

    $100

  • Rachel Markowitz

    $80

  • Aterah Nusrat

    $10

  • Hildur Arnardottir

    $30

  • Heidi and Joel Charbonvea

    $60

  • Katra Laidlaw

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brian and Robin Bellinger

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $53

  • The Vearil Family

    $50

  • Dorothy Barr

    $25

  • Jennifer Golden

    $25

  • Roisin

    $20

  • KJordan

    $25

  • Maggie Kelly

    $20

  • Jim and Zoeann Hilty

    $20

  • Grace Veres

    $25

  • DZLAM JILL

    $67

  • Amanda Mayer

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Paige Ransford

    $75

  • Joslyn MacDougall

    $25

  • Younique by Brodi Cole

    $202

  • Lisa McGuire

    $50

  • Sharon O'Keefe

    $50

  • Blake & Oswald Jackle-Gresham

    $25

  • Dorothy Barr

    $160

  • Tommy B

    $20

  • Liz Wilsker

    $26

  • Garcia Family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Aubrey

    $25

  • Karen Graveline

    $45

  • Matt Stierhof

    $50

  • Maggie Sawyer

    $20

  • Carsten Aretz

    $30

  • Michelle Mosher Cibotti

    $50

  • Yee Family

    $50

  • Gregory Good

    $20

  • Kenton Kerns

    $25

  • Nicole Beaupre and Ryan Lunde

    $20

  • Shelly Brouwer

    $25

  • Not Your Average Joes

    $337

  • Emmanuel Parish Church

    $300

  • Carol Whithall

    $10

  • Kirsten Everett

    $20

  • The Ingles

    $43

  • Judy Ezop

     

  • The Sole's

     

  • Rita Poussaint Nethersole

    $100

  • george lynch

    $100

  • Jim Ronemus

    $10

  • Katie Kozora

    $25

  • Sara, Matt, Katelynn and Wesley Ott

    $50

  • Carrie

    $25

  • Abby Zonies

    $20

  • The Orlando Girls

    $25

  • Joe D and Laura C-D

    $25

  • Mike Puglisi

    $10

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85% Raised of $7,500 Goal

The Team: $44,853 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Siobhan Daly

Amount Raised

$10,692

Fundraiser Title

James Lynch

Amount Raised

$7,651

 

102% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

David Canter

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Tom O'Brien

Amount Raised

$7,500

Fundraiser Title

Nikki Smith

Amount Raised

$6,410

 

85% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Joanne Pomeranz

Amount Raised

$5,100

 

68% Raised of $7,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Mike Puglisi

Mike Puglisi

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

Joe D and Laura C-D

Joe D and Laura C-D

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

The Orlando Girls

The Orlando Girls

DONATION: $25

Way to go!!!!!!!! 2 years ago

Abby Zonies

Abby Zonies

DONATION: $20

in honor of the efforts of franklin park's zookeepers 2 years ago

Carrie

Carrie

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Sara, Matt, Katelynn and Wesley Ott

Sara, Matt, Katelynn and Wesley Ott

DONATION: $50

Go Nikki! 2 years ago

Katie Kozora

Katie Kozora

DONATION: $25

Good luck tomorrow!! 2 years ago

Jim Ronemus

Jim Ronemus

DONATION: $10

2 years ago

george lynch

george lynch

DONATION: $100

good luck 2 years ago

Rita Poussaint Nethersole

Rita Poussaint Nethersole

DONATION: $100

2 years ago