Newtown Memorial Fund Designated as Charity Partner with New York Road Runners for ING New York City Marathon
Sending Team to Race in Support of Mission
Newtown, Conn., Oct. 29 2013 –A team of people with t-shirts emblazoned with “Newtown Heals, Newtown Runs” will be running 26.2 miles on November 3, 2013. The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc., a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, is a Bronze Level Charity Partner with the New York Road Runners Club (NYRR) for the ING New York City Marathon. This honorable distinction provides a block of automatic entries in the race and enables individuals worldwide to join the Newtown Memorial Fund team to raise funds on the non-profit’s behalf.
People from all over the country, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, as well as many from the Newtown area, have joined the marathon team, which has raised close to $30,000 to date through its Crowdrise team page. In addition to raising money for its own mission, Newtown Memorial Fund also made race spots available to Newtown charities started by parents of those lost on December 14, 2012. Their fundraising is captured by their individual team pages on Crowdrise.
“We are honored to be part of a most prestigious fitness event in a location so close to our community,” said Brian Mauriello, Founder, Newtown Memorial Fund Inc. “Volunteers from Newtown Memorial Fund reached out to NYRR to participate in the marathon because we understood the incredible healing power of running. The charity distinction gave Newtown runners and the town’s supporter access to this world-class, healing event.”
The ING New York City Marathon is one of the world’s most iconic races. During the 26.2-mile journey through the five boroughs of New York City, more than 48,000 runners will experience the sights and sounds of the city, cheered on by approximately two million spectators and entertained by hundreds of bands for inspiration every step of the way.
The Newtown Memorial Fund continues to receive donations daily through its Crowdrise page. The nonprofit also had teams raising funds on its behalf at the Boston Marathon, Big Sur International Marathon, ING Hartford Marathon and Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and will have teams at future races including the Walt Disney World Disney Marathon. Ally McDonald alone raised more than $36,000 for the fund as she ran the Boston and Big Sur races. Newtown Memorial Fund is also the beneficiary of all funds raised through the Sandy Hook Run for Families 5k race on March 29, 2014 in Newtown.
For more information about the Newtown Memorial Fund, please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org or to make a donation in support of the Newtown Heals, Newtown Runs team, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/newtownmemorialfund/fundraiser/newtownmemorialfundi.
About Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.
Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a sustainable fund to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, to construct a physical memorial honoring the lives lost on December 14, 2012, and to establish academic scholarships to honor those lost in this tragedy for future generations of Newtown students. For additional information about the organization or to make a secure and tax-deductible donation please visit www.newtownmemorialfund.org. Follow Newtown Memorial Fund on Facebook and Twitter.