3 Marathons in 3 Months for GCS!

$3,000 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 59 months
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Annabelle Winters
for Garden Center Services
 CHICAGO, IL
Like many others, one of my immediate responses to the events at the Boston Marathon this past April was that I could no longer run just for myself. That if I was going to put so much effort into something, there had to be an outcome beyond my own ego-boost and physical fitness.

I spent months trying to decide on the perfect fundraising theme, and I toggled between several options. Like so many things in life, the answer was right there with me everyday: it's my workplace, my career, my passion, my inspiration, and so often, my humility.

I work at a Chicago-area non-profit agency that provides residential and day program services (vocational/recreational/therapuetic) to adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilties. If you've ever worked for a human-services related non-profit then you know that it is a constant struggle to keep the money flowing in order to provide the best services possible.

At Garden Center Services
our specific area of service can be particularly challenging to keep "in the black" because in terms of state and federal funding the services our consumers rely on are often the first ones cut when the legislators go to work.

Your contribution here will go toward providing the best services to our consumers, this includes: supplementing basic medical needs such as dental visits, developing programming that is challenging, meaningful and rewarding, such as community integrated work groups and vocational skills classes, and to to achieving dreams, like visiting NYC or taking cooking classes. There is no limit to what a person can dream, and with the right support there is no limit to what our consumers can achieve.

This fall I'm running 3 marathons in 3 months, the first one is in just two weeks, on September 1st (Minocqua, WI), the next on October 13th (Chicago Marathon), and the last on November 9th (Catalina Eco, California). I run because I feel incomplete without it, and because it brings me joy. I'm running for GCS because I want for nothing more than for our consumers to be provided the opportunity to pursue what brings them joy.

You can follow my running at my personal blog: www.fluencysfolly.com
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I'm wrapping up this fundraising effort now, and together we raised $3,000! I'm blown away! Thank you so much for your support! It's been an inspiring and amazing few months! I'm going to begin sending out thank you gifts and notes this week! Thanks again, Annabelle.
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Hello there! It's been a while but I've completed all 3 marathons, finishing as the first female in 2 of them! It's been a great season, thank you so much for your support! Here is a re-cap of the final race: http://fluencysfolly.com/2013/11/25/catalina-eco-marathon-re-cap/ I'll be closing out my fundraising effort this Wednesday 12/4 at noon. Please spread the word!
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My final marathon of the year is in 9 short days! I've added a new reward level that matches the exact distance of a marathon 26.25. Please help me to reach my goal with as many "marathon" donations as possible. I have a stock of thank you gifts growing and will be sending them out around Thanksgiving.
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Hi there, everyone! Marathon number 2 is in 4 short days! I posted a quasi-training-update to my blog yesterday, you can read it here: http://fluencysfolly.com/2013/10/08/running-is-hard/

Please take a moment and share the link to this fundraising page today, I hope to hit the halfway point to our goal by the end of Sunday!

If you would like to follow my race on Sunday morning you can register to get text message or facebook updates in real-time. My name as registered is "Annabelle Winters" and my BIB number is "4854".

You can register for free runner tracking here: https://register.athletetracking.net/bacm/index.html
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$3,000 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 59 months
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Created August 19, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
Garden Center Services
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Burbank, IL
EIN: 366009293
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56 months ago
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56 months ago
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Courtney (Marzano) Lapitan
56 months ago

Great job, Ann! Your dedication and generosity are an inspiration!

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56 months ago
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Amanda Carey
56 months ago

Good luck, AB! I hope you reach your goal. You're an amazing runner and obviously have a big heart too. Keep pushing toward ALL of your goals!

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56 months ago
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Jennifer Georgis
56 months ago

What an amazing accomplishment! Congrats!

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Elizabeth Hilliard
56 months ago

Woohoo! You rock!!

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