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Prevea On the Move: Golden House

When you are running at the Prevea Training Run, think about how you feel when you reach the water stations. Are you relieved to have water or Gatorade to clench your thirst? Each Saturday, make sure you say thank you to the volunteers who are there – helping you – by donating to the organizations they represent.

The volunteers each week are from the three marathon-chosen charities: Golden House, Unity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin. This week’s Prevea On the Move takes us to Golden House to learn more of how they help individuals who have suffered domestic abuse and how your donation benefits the community. Let’s all support these phenomenal volunteers and organizations with a monetary donation. It’s a simple way to show your appreciation.

Prevea on the Move – Big Brothers Big Sisters

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and Saturday morning Prevea Training Runs. The people who donate their Saturday mornings to hand out water and Gatorade during each training run are volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin, Golden House and Unity. They graciously donate their time to help runners succeed. They are also raising funds to assist their respective organizations. At each training run, there is a jar near the Prevea Injury Assessment Table to leave your donations. These organizations are very important to the community; please recognize their efforts by donating.

This week’s Prevea On the Move brings us inside Big Brothers Big Sisters to learn more about their efforts to improve the lives of area youth and how your donation helps them in their mission.

Prevea On the Move – Junior Achievement

Have you noticed the friendly faces greeting you excitedly with water along the training route? These are volunteers from the three marathon-chosen charities: Junior Achievement of Brown County, Unity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin. Each week, they donate their Saturday mornings to support the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon and help support you during the Prevea Training Runs; but more importantly to help raise funds for their organizations. Please consider donating to these organizations as a token of your appreciation.

This week’s Prevea On the Move take us to Junior Achievement of Brown County to learn more about what they offer and how your donation benefits the community.

Show your appreciation for the water station volunteers and support the three charities by contributing to the donation bin, available each Saturday at the Prevea Training Run. Cash or check only (payable to: Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Charity Fund).

From the Race Director’s Desk: Charity Fundraising – the Backdoor to Sold Out Events

The Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon sold out last week in nearly record time.

Whenever this happens, the staff and I are inundated with phone calls and emails from people.  Many of them inquire if the headline “HALF MARATHON SOLD OUT” on the front of the event website really means that we have reached capacity (ahem).  All of them inquire as to whether there is another way to get in.

We always point out that there are two ways to get into the event even after it is sold out.  First, they can find another registrant who is undertrained, injured or schedule-conflicted to sell them their entry.  I’m a strong believer that in this age of the Internet and high registration fees, participants should have the ability to resell their entries.  For this reason, we have an automated online system that accommodates transfers through April 30th.

The second, and preferred, option for getting into the event after it sells out is for the individual to join “Run for a Reason,” our charity fundraising program.  This program allows them to quickly and easily set up an online fundraising page that can be sent via email to friends, family and co-workers.  Participants in the program have the option of selecting one of the marathon’s three official charities or simply raising money equally for all three of them (Big Brothers-Big Sisters of NE Wisconsin, Junior Achievement and Unity).  Fundraisers have until May 12th at midnight to raise $300 or more in funds.  Upon doing so, they receive a congratulatory email from Jeff Poppele, our Fundraising Director, letting them know that they can participate free of charge in any individual event.  This INCLUDES sold out events like the half marathon.

The sell out of our distance events in recent years has been a boon for the fundraising program.  The number of runners participating in the fundraising program has jumped from only a couple dozen to the limit of 200 in two out of the past three years.  I wish more runners had a genuine interest in joining our fundraising program but I’m also a realist.  Adding the training required to run a distance event into an already busy work and family schedule is difficult and doesn’t leave much free time for fundraising.

Still, the option is there and I wish more people would embrace it.  Our fundraisers don’t have to worry about the event selling out; don’t have to reach into their own pocket; are able to rally friends, family and co-workers around a common cause that draws on their participation; and cross the finish line knowing that their accomplishment has impacted our local charity partners approximately 5-6 times moreso than the average participant who just pays face value for an entry.  That’s what I call a win-win for everybody involved!

Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Selects Family Services as 2010-12 Charity Partner

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has selected Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin as the new charity partner for 2010. Family Services will join the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay and Cerebral Palsy, Inc. as the recipients of funds raised by the 2010 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.

Marathon charities operate on three-year terms, with one new charity added each year and one exiting charity each year. Charity organizations become a strong member of the operational team made up of mostly volunteers to put on this event. Family Services was selected from a group of 20 applicants.

President and CEO of Family Services, Tom Martin said that funds received through this partnership will be used to protect, heal, and care for abused children in our community.

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon aims to give back to the community while presenting a world-class event for people of all abilities and bring visitors to our communities. In selecting a charity, the idea is to support a community need and a charity partner that would be able to effectively utilize the marathon’s platform. Family Services epitomizes what we look for in a charity partner. Although there were many worthy causes, the information presented by Family Services hit home as an important and seldom talked about need in our community.

According to Family Services, child abuse in Brown County has more than doubled in the past five years with over 1,300 confirmed cases annually. Statistics indicate that up to one in four girls and one in seven boys will be abused during their childhood with many of those instances going unreported. Funds from the marathon will also help with the building of a Child Advocacy Center for abused children. A planned collaboration with local law enforcement, healthcare, and county government will open a child-friendly facility where children and their families can go to report abuse and begin their recovery.

Welcome aboard Family Services!


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