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.