Green Bay, WI (November 12, 2013) – The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has announced Golden House as its new charity partner for 2014-16. Golden House will join Unity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin as the recipient of funds raised by the 15th annual Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, which will take place May 16-18, 2014.
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.
“We are very thankful to have been chosen as a charity partner for the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. The partnership will allow Golden House to move forward with plans to meet the longer-term shelter needs of victims of domestic violence and their children,” said Karen Faulkner, executive director of Golden House. “This is an excellent opportunity to support victims on their path to becoming survivors and for our community to come together and say ‘no more’ to domestic violence.”
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon aims to support a community need when selecting a charity partner and chooses a charity partner that can effectively utilize the marathon’s platform.
“Golden House is the only agency in Brown County that offers emergency shelter and comprehensive support services for victims of domestic abuse,” said Brighid Riordan, president of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon board of directors. “The community relies heavily on this organization and the marathon looks forward to partnering with Golden House to raise funds and awareness for this cause.”
The organization has a proven positive impact. In 2012, over 1,500 individuals found assistance with outreach services from Golden House, more than 500 adult victims and children found refuge in its shelter, over 6,500 callers reached out to the group’s 24-hour helpline, and more than 17,000 students were taught about healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention.
In 2013, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon donated $102,000 to its three charity partners. Over the past 14 years, the non-profit event has generated over $776,000 in proceeds for local non-profits.
To pledge to run for Golden House or another charity partner, runners can sign-up for the Run for a Reason program, which allows participants to raise funds for the marathon’s partners in exchange for a free entry into the marathon or half marathon. Participants must raise $300 to receive their free entry and all funds go directly to the charities. Registration for this program and the 2014 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon opened today.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon charity partners and their volunteers play a vital role in the planning and execution of this exciting community event. It is the intent of the Marathon’s Board of Directors to have three charity partners each year with staggered three-year terms. This structure allows one new charity to join the event each year. The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is currently accepting applications for consideration in selecting our 2014-2016 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 2013, the event generated contributions of $102,000 for the marathon’s three charity partners, bringing the total cumulative contributions to $776,000 over the last 14 years. The charities also benefit from the community exposure provided by the event. Last year, the event attracted over 13,000 registrants.
There are three requirements for being a charity partner:
In selecting a charitable recipient, Cellcom will give priority to organizations whose impact spans a footprint that includes greater Green Bay and beyond and encompasses northeast and central Wisconsin, that have a proven track record in positively impacting the community, promote volunteerism, and cooperate rather than compete with similar organizations. The key areas of Cellcom’s contribution guidelines are health and wellness, children and education. A charity that aligns with the marathon’s mission of promoting an active lifestyle and fostering community spirit, preferred.
Selection Questions and Criteria
Your charity partner proposal is limited to two pages and should include an overview of your organization and its mission, along with answers to the following questions. Provide specific, quantifiable support to your answers. Please answer and elaborate on the following questions in your proposal:
We encourage past charity partners to wait five years after their term ends before reapplying. (Example: A charity partner whose term ended in 2013 would not be eligible to apply until 2018 for the 2019-21 charity opening.)
If your organization is interested in applying to be a charity partner, please send a proposal to email@example.com on or before October 4, 2013. Late applicants will be disqualified. Cellcom will select the charity partner by October 31st. Those not selected will be notified by mail or e-mail. If you have questions, you may e-mail Sean Ryan, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920) 606-2458.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon presented checks to its 2013 charity partners today at its annual charity distribution. This year’s Cellcom Green Bay Marathon generated a total of $102,000 in proceeds for its three non-profit partners: Junior Achievement of Brown County (JA), Unity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin.
“Junior Achievement is very grateful to have been a charity partner of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon for the past three years. Not only did it provide increased awareness of what Junior Achievement is, it also gave us the funds to increase the number of classrooms in Brown County that were able to receive our programs,” said Jennifer Maier, program manager for JA. “So far, we were able to add 155 JA programs in area classrooms. As our volunteers continue to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, we are thankful to this event for the lasting impact it will have on local students.”
Junior Achievement is concluding its three-year partnership with the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, and the marathon is currently accepting applications for a new partner charity for the 2014-16 marathon events. More information is available on the marathon website.
This year a special fundraiser was also held for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
“The attack at the Boston Marathon shook the whole country, especially the running community,” said Sean Ryan, race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “It was extremely important for us to find a way to pay tribute to the lives impacted and demonstrate solidarity with runners across the country who were not going to let this tragedy hold them back.”
Wristbands inscribed with “We Run as One – Boston 2013” were created and given to all distance runners for a special ceremony that took place before the start of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. Additional wristbands were sold and the $3,043 in proceeds from the sale was donated to the Boston One Fund for victims of the Boston attack.
With these donations, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon has given more than $779,000 to charity in the last 14 years.
This year’s event included a renewed focus on the Prevea Luv2Run (L2R) program, which provides discounted race entries to students and coaches. The goal of L2R is to engage youth in a positive free-time activity that can turn into a lifelong hobby and healthy lifestyle. The program saw unprecedented growth, with over 1,300 students from 53 elementary and middle schools participating in the Cellcom Green Bay 5K.
“In addition to Prevea’s generous sponsorship of Luv2Run, the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon was proud to contribute over $28,000 in discounted race entries. It’s another gift to the community,” said Brighid Riordan, board president of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. “We’re excited to see further growth in the program and we are proud of our impact in the fight against childhood obesity.”
The tenth annual Mary Poppele Award, given to the top fundraiser, was also presented today. Recipient Jeff Csuy raised $2085 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.
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.