Run for Food Science Scholarships

$26,350 of $100k goal

Raised by 122 people in 14 months
Bruce Ferree  LATHROP, CA
So how did I get to this point? 
How did I decide that attempting such a sojourn was a good way to inspire others to help fund food science scholarships? 

As with most stories, it starts out simple but gets a little convoluted involving fate, coincidence and some crazy thoughts.  Most of my friends in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) know that for many years I’ve focused at least some of my time and efforts on our students, the next generation of food scientists and technologists.  Since 2001, I’ve participated in the IFT Student Association ‘Fun Run’ at the IFT annual meetings.  For the last 8 years, I’ve coerced and cajoled my friends to donate monies that go straight to student scholarships – collecting about $28,000 over those 8 years Fate #1).  Then a friend got me involved in the IFT committee that develops and recommends undergraduate curriculums (fate and coincidence #2).  Then, after that was completed, he invited me to be a part of the team that reviews university programs to assure students are learning the right things well (fate #3).  While all this was going on, another friend asked me to be a judge for the IFT Student Association College Bowl (fate #4).  These things really endeared our students into my thoughts. 

Then in 2014, through some quirk in the TV programming, my family received a free weekend of premium channel movies (and somehow I noticed).  Fate and coincidence had me see a documentary called Desert Runners.  A movie about the 4 Deserts running series.  I’d been running most of this century since I had taken a job where I traveled a lot (85%++!!).  I’ve run too many half marathons to count effectively, a marathon and a 50Km so running was not unfamiliar territory to me.  A few weeks after seeing the movie, I started thinking to myself “I can do that!”  So I’ve been thinking about it and trying to run longer and more. 

Would it be coincidence or fate that I was gathering monies from friends for the 2014 IFTSA Fun Run while trying to run more?  Fate stuck an idea in my head that said, I wonder if I could inspire more people to donate more money if I did something ‘MORE’?  So after much consternation and haggling about if I can or if I should (I’ll be 60 years old when I attempt it!), I convinced my wife to let me try.  I’m getting great support from friends who are helping with marketing this plan.  I’m learning social media to help me too (I have a great teacher, prodding me along). 

 

So exactly what is it that I am doing and what I want to accomplish?

Let’s start with the fundraising…         Foremost in my mind is to raise $100,000 from friends and IFT members to better enable deserving food science students to continue their educations.  Second is to inspire you to contribute some of that money and ensure that you are also care for our future food scientists.  I care so much that I’m willing to go to an extreme to inspire you.  What is that extreme?

At the ripe young age of 60, I plan to complete a 250 kilometer run across the Atacama Desert in northern Chile called the Atacama Crossing.  The run is not a single run, it is more of a series of runs day after day after day.  Basically, I’ll run a marathon every day for a week.  The other things to know about this run are that it is at altitudes of 7,000ft to 11,000ft.  In addition, the run is something called ‘self-supported’.  A tent will be provided each night, and water and medical care are provided about every 6 miles. But everything else has to be carried by the participant.  I’ll have a backpack with my sleeping bag, clothes, food and medical needs to carry for the entire distance (remember – running across the desert!).

 

I’m inspired to complete this run because I care about the future of our profession.  I want deserving students to be able to have help with their education.  I hope I’ll inspire you to contribute in some way.  Here’s a simple thought to help you think about how much to be inspired and contribute.  If every member of IFT gave $5, we’d create a fund of $70,000.  $5 seems pretty simple - have a less expensive lunch one day, skip your morning coffee one day, carpool a little to save 2 gallons of gas.  But I know not everyone will add their $5.  When we collect $100,000, that money will ensure a $3,000 scholarship for one deserving student for many years to come.  If you’ve seen the cost of a college education lately, you know $3,000 is helpful but it is only a dent in the full cost.  I hope you’ll be inspired to contribute more than $5.

If you wish to pay by check or other methods, please contact feedingtomorrow@ift.org for more details.
+ Read More
Update 28
Posted by Bruce Ferree
3 months ago
   Share
I'll be closing this site Jan 1, 2017
My personal thank you to each of the donors to my ‘Feed the Minds’ endeavor – raising funds for Feeding Tomorrow – the Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Through your efforts and financial support of my initiative and personal sacrifice, we have raised over $26,300 for food science student scholarships. In addition, we have raised awareness of Feeding Tomorrow and its initiatives.
As you know, Feeding Tomorrow works to 1-Encourage the best and brightest minds to study the science of food, 2-Support those who are pursuing studies in the science of food, and 3-Leverage the knowledge of those who have studied the science of food to help others in need. Your support of my efforts will help support students that have made the decision to study the science of food, supporting them as they continue their studies and become valuable members of the IFT and the food science community. For this, I thank you.
I must tell you that running the Atacama Crossing is all it was made out to be: challenging, fun, and character-building. I truly enjoyed my time preparing for the adventure of running the 250km ultra run. I got out of my ‘norm’ and pushed myself to be better athletically and personally. I learned new things about running and about friends and family, and about just how far I can push my aging body. During the run, I was in about the middle of the pack, running somewhere between 75th and 85th place (out of 130 runners). I felt competent, aware and competitive. Unfortunately, I experienced and injury to my right foot at about 75 miles and was unable to continue. This is the low point of my experience and I was extremely frustrated and disappointed. I tell people that I have had one bad day in my life: first I lost my glasses, then I hurt my foot and hobbled about 3+ miles to a checkpoint where I was then pulled from the run. I was confident that I was letting a lot of people down by not completing the event. However, I’ve been reassured by many of you that you were excited to provide your continuing support and that I have done more than a lot of folks could have done. I’ll admit that I practiced hard, studied hard, rose early and stayed up late. I worked to earn your donations to this worthy cause. I trust you believe I did, and that you are happy about your contribution helping the future of food science.
Now it’s time to find the next way to raise awareness of Feeding Tomorrow initiatives and build a culture of giving among the members of IFT, creating the best environment for our future to grow. I’ll be continuing as an ambassador for Feeding Tomorrow and will continue to look to you to help me as we move down this path. I doubt I’ll run another ultra-run, but I’ll get something in the works soon to earn your support again.
Thanks to each of you again for all your help, support and financial contributions to this worthy cause. A special thanks to those corporate donors that helped. NCIFT, SCIFT, Saltwell, SPI Group, Aemtek Lab, QA and Food Safety Magazine, Oregon Freeze Dry (who donated all my food used during the run), Cytosport (who contributed electrolytes for training and during the run), and IsoFrut (a Chilean company who sent cases of dried fruit for all competitors!). I’ve posted a couple of photos from the run for your review.
Desert running
Atacama "fun"
+ Read More
Update 27
Posted by Bruce Ferree
3 months ago
   Share
Hi Friends,
As we approach 'Giving Tuesday', I'm asking that you share this with your friends (you've already given so no need to give again!) asking them to contribute to the health and welfare of the science of food.
This campaign has been to provide monies for the general scholarship funds of Feeding Tomorrow, the Foundation of IFT. As you can see, we've done fairly well and have raised almost $26,000. But I think we can do better. Deserving students in the sciences of food can always use our help. We can and should always give back to our profession. Giving Tuesday is an altruistic event and we all want to provide for those with needs. How better than to give back to our profession and help support those students that will someday replace us in industry, government and academia. Every contribution goes directly into the scholarship funds of Feeding Tomorrow. These funds are directed only for scholarships. Do you know a deserving student that needs a scholarship? You can help! Were you a deserving student that received some help for your education? Consider giving back to the next generation.
Thank you in advance for all you have done and will do for our profession. I look forward to hitting $30,000 for our students with your help. Stay well.
+ Read More
Update 26
Posted by Bruce Ferree
4 months ago
   Share
Friends, a BIG thank you to SCIFT for adding $5,000 to this effort. Obviously they know the value of IFT providing scholarships to our future food scientists. a personal thank you to all my friends in SCIFT for making this happen - it is much appreciated. Since my blisters have finally recovered, I thought I'd post a photo of them as of day 2 of the run. Thanks again to all.
My foot during the Atacama Crossing
+ Read More
Update 25
Posted by Bruce Ferree
4 months ago
   Share
Another corporate sponsor stepped up today to contribute and support Food Science Scholarships - Quality Assurance and Food Safety Magazine and GIE Media. My thanks to Dan and Lisa for making this happen - even after I was unable to finish the run with the bad foot.

To update everyone on the foot, it is 99.93% better and really, it's all healed. While it was the right thing for the doctors to pull me from the run as I couldn't put a lot of weight or pressure on it at the time, it's still disappointing to me that I couldn't finish. This is the first run I've ever entered that I have not finished! I'll get back in shape and do other events and look forward to the support of QA Magazine and my other corporate sponsors.

Everyone stay healthy - Bruce
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$26,350 of $100k goal

Raised by 122 people in 14 months
Created January 29, 2016
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
CM
$250
Charles Manley
3 months ago

Great job Bruce!

$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$10
Anonymous
3 months ago(Offline Donation)
$25
Anonymous
3 months ago
SS
$5,000
Southern Cal IFT Section
4 months ago(Offline Donation)

Congrats Bruce. Glad we can help our future food scientists

$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
1
1
$500
Anonymous
4 months ago(Offline Donation)
$30
Anonymous
5 months ago(Offline Donation)
1
1
DB
$25
Darany Bamlounghong
5 months ago
1
1

Congratulation Bruce! Job well done for good cause.

Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Bruce know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.