With a little more than a month to go and both distance races almost sold out, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is seeking fundraisers to take part in its Run for a Reason program. The program offers an easy-to-use web-based platform that makes fundraising simple. After creating a personal fundraising page complete with personal statement and photo, fundraisers are able to email out their page to friends, family, training partners, and co-workers. People who create a fundraising page and raise $300 or more get ONE FREE ENTRY to any Cellcom Green Bay Marathon event (other than the Relay). This means you can still get into the half marathon by helping out our charities. CLICK HERE or on the image below for more information.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin as its new charity partner for 2013-15. Big Brothers Big Sisters will join Junior Achievement and Unity as the recipient of funds raised by the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, which will take place May 17-19, 2013.
The 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, comprised primarily of volunteers, to put on this event. Big Brothers Big Sisters was selected from a group of 16 applicants.
“Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness of our one-to-one mentoring services along with raising additional funds to serve more youth. We currently have nearly 100 youth on our Ready-to-be-Matched waiting list that will benefit from this additional funding,” said Todd McPeek, executive director of Big Brother Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon aims to support a community need when selecting a charity partner and chooses a charity partner that would be able to effectively utilize the marathon’s platform.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to youth and breaking generational cycles of children facing adversity,” said Brighid Riordan, president of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon board of directors. “With so many kids waiting for the support of Big Brothers Big Sisters, it was great timing to partner with them.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters has a proven positive impact. Compared to their peers, youth who have a mentor matched via the organization are 52 percent more likely to remain in school, 75 percent more likely to earn a four-year degree, 48% more likely to volunteer and 81 percent more likely to hold a leadership role.
“Partnering with the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon also gives our Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and volunteers the opportunity to collaborate with other agencies and participate in service with other caring individuals,” McPeek said.
In 2012, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon donated $135,000 to the three charity partners. That amount has steadily increased over the 13-year history of the marathon.
Registration for the 2012 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon will open on November 5 at 10 a.m. Runners can register for the full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K or WPS Kids’ Power Run. Elite marathon registration and Love to Run program registration will open at a later date.
All events will once again include a lap around Lambeau Field in 2013. Capacities have been set for the distance events to reflect the returned constraint of the Lambeau Field tunnel, which is used as the simultaneous entry and exit point for the each of the courses. In order to ensure safety and enjoyment for all participants in this portion of the course, the marathon capacity will be 2500 participants, the half marathon will be 5500 participants and the relay marathon will be 200 teams.
From opening until January 9, registration for the marathon is $75, half marathon is $60, and the marathon relay is $225 per team. Adult 5K registration is $20 and youth registration is $15. WPS Kids’ Power Run is $5.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is currently accepting applications for consideration in selecting our 2013-2015 charity partner.
The charity partners benefit financially from the net proceeds of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, as well as the pledge revenue they work to earn by using the marathon as a platform for their causes. In 2012, the event generated contributions of $135,000 for the marathon’s three charity partners, bringing the total cumulative contributions to $674,000 over the last 13 years.
CLICK HERE to download the application guidelines.
This year’s Cellcom Green Bay Marathon generated at total of $135,000 in proceeds for its three charities – a combination of direct fundraising through the Run for a Reason program, general fundraising (amounts raised for all three charities) and additional proceeds from the event itself. This brings the total donated by the event to local charity partners to $674,000 in the last 13 years.
Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Junior Achievement of Brown County and Unity each received their donation today at Family Services’ Billie Kress Center for Youth Development
“Family Services has appreciated being a charity partner of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; it helped us create a greater awareness of our services while also providing much needed financial support as we protect, heal, and care for the children and families of our community” said Tom Martin, Family Services President. “We are grateful for the marathon’s continued commitment to helping local charities and are proud to have been a part of this great event over the past three years.”
Family Services is concluding its three-year partnership with the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. The marathon is currently accepting applications for a new partner charity for the next three years. More information is available at www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com. Applications are due no later than September 30.
The ninth annual Mary Poppele Award, which is given annually to the top fundraiser, was also presented today. Recipient Jeff Csuy raised $1,771 through the Run for a Reason program. The award is given in memory of Mary Poppele, an avid marathon fundraiser, who passed away in April 2004, while training for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon.
Jeff Poppele, Mary’s husband, now serves as the Marathon’s charity fundraising director. “Mary’s memory lives on through the dedicated people who raise money for the marathon’s charity partners,” said Poppele. “Mary was a very giving person who was always helping those in need.”
Csuy has won the award three of the last four years.
In addition to a positive community influence, marathon organizers estimate the three-day weekend event had an economic impact of more than $1.4 million.
“The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is much more than a running event,” said Ryan. “Each year, thousands of volunteers, participants and businesses come together to benefit our community in many, many ways.”
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has a rotating charity model with three charities on staggered three-year terms. Each year, an opportunity opens for a new charity to become a partner with the event. In 2011, the marathon distributed nearly $130,000 to the CP Center, Family Services and Junior Achievement of Brown County.
The CP Center’s charity term has expired and the marathon is now accepting charity partner applications for the 2012-2014 editions of the event. Interested organizations should download the Application Guidelines (CLICK HERE) and submit an application letter by September 30, 2011.