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Stefanie O'Shea's Fundraiser:

Boston Cares Boston 2016

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BENEFITING: Boston Cares, Inc.

ORGANIZER: Boston Cares, Inc.

EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon

EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016

Stefanie O'Shea

THE STORY:

I moved to Boston ten years ago looking to start a new adventure far away from my hometown of Reno, Nevada in a city rich in history, culture, education and great accents. I planned on attending grad school and then joining one of the many human service organizations to  pursue my goal of making the world a better place. What I had not planned for was the feeling of loneliness and disconnect when I found myself dedicated to school, work, a handful of friends and a newly broken heart (as all  twentysomethings seem to). In  2006, at the peak of thinking my life was the hardest ever, I joined some work friends on a trip to New Orleans to volunteer in the efforts after Hurricane Katrina with Hands On New Orleans. While there I not only got perspective on the definition of problems, but I also found out about a local chapter of the Hand On Network called Boston Cares who had already been down there and left a shirt hanging on the volunteer house wall of fame.

The feeling of teamwork, purpose and meaning I felt after a week gutting flood ravaged houses, cleaning up playgrounds and making meals for those still displaced was something I knew I needed to continue. As soon as I got home I booted up my computer and signed up for a volunteer orientation with Boston Cares.

Nothing in my life has been the same since.

I have distributed  hundreds of meals at the Red Cross Food Pantry, served dinners at the New England Center for Homeless Vets and The Boston Living Center, helped socialize kittens preparing  for adoption at the MSPCA and read to kids awaiting doctors appointments at the Mattapan Community Health Center. But for as much as I have given of my time  I have gotten back tenfold.

I have made lifelong friends, got to know more of the city than the neighborhood I lived in and witnessed the joy that one person can create by being an active part of their community.

Boston Cares made all of this possible for me and for the hundreds of volunteers on projects each year, and they make it easy - beyond easy really. Log in, sign up, show up! Anyone can do it and everyone should do it.

It is for all of these reasons  that I am honored to run  the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise money for Boston Cares to directly support their program and staff and continue to make sure that the organizations they provide  volunteers to (my own included!) can keep benefitting from people like me who feel a call to volunteer. 


Please consider making a donation, however big or small, to this awesome organization that truly helps Bostonians to be the change you wish to see in the world.

$7,683

MONEY RAISED
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  • Catherine Bassett

    $50

  • Erin Murphy

    $26.20

  • Nyna and Bob

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $26.20

  • Jane

    $126.20

  • Go Stefanie, go!

    $26.20

  • Megan

    $25

  • On dasher, on dancer...

    $150

  • Kim Harn

    $25

  • Rachel, Seth, Max, and Lucy

    $40

  • Paula B.

    $50

  • Megan Gallagher

    $26.20

  • Judy Schonhoff

    $100

  • Julian, Megan, Ada

    $75

  • Lauren Protentis

    $25

  • Craig + Church on the Hill

    $250

  • Patrice Keegan

    $126.20

  • John Lohan

    $50

  • Hannah and Martin Forsythe

    $26.20

  • Cory & Amy

    $52.40

  • Kristine Baker

    $50

  • Kathleen Joyce

    $50

  • Caitlin Fox

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Emily & Ben Goldberger

    $50

  • The Nestis

    $50

  • In honor of Pearl

    $50

  • Rebecca Booth-Fox

    $25

  • @mreils

    $25

  • Meghan Goughan

    $26.20

  • Mary Ludwig

    $75

  • Ashley Seybold

     

  • Jennifer Miniman

    $25

  • Kate Procyshyn

     

  • Tracy Allen

     

  • Diana Marshall

     

  • Tim L

    $50

  • Bridget

    $25

  • EFAST, Inc.

    $20

  • Judy Willett

    $50

  • Bill Arseneault

    $200

  • Chuck, Jen, and Francesca McArdle

    $50

  • Chill on Park

    $101

  • Andrew Scholte

    $30

  • Shannon

     

  • Amy & Cory

    $60

  • Eva Trapani

    $25

  • Emily & Ben Goldberger

    $25

  • Nancy Csaplar

    $26.20

  • Kate Powers

     

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anne Zielinski

    $25

  • Kathleen Lau

     

  • Devin Taylor

    $26.20

  • Jess Manning

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $26.20

  • Isman family!

    $50

  • Daisy

    $75

  • Anonymous

     

  • Bethany Savela

    $25

  • Elliott Physical Therapy

    $50

  • Grandpop

    $50

  • Melissa

    $10

  • Louis Armstrong Vuitton

     

  • Anonymous

    $500

  • Allison Barry

     

  • PJK

    $100

  • Bethany Savela

    $25

  • The Jehu's!

     

  • Anonymous

    $124

  • Elizabeth Howse

    $25

  • Lolly

    $100

  • Byrne family

    $26.20

  • Darragh Murphy

    $100

  • Regina Gorenshteyn

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Grace Hagemann

    $25

  • Serena Powell

    $50

  • anonymous

    $500

  • Offline Donation

    $230

  • Charles Lerner

    $25

  • Kathe Tomaszycki

    $26.20

  • Anonymous

    $1,300

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102% Raised of$7,500 Goal

The Team: $15,209 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Stefanie O'Shea

Amount Raised

$7,683

 

102% Raised of$7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Catherine Zagroba

Amount Raised

$7,501

 

100% Raised of$7,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Boston Cares, Inc.

Amount Raised

$25

 

0% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

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4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $1,300

Run like the wind!:) 4 years ago

Kathe Tomaszycki

Kathe Tomaszycki

DONATION: $26.20

Wish I could cheer you on in person! xo from Florida 4 years ago

Charles Lerner

Charles Lerner

DONATION: $25

Good luck Stefanie!! 4 years ago

Offline Donation

Offline Donation

DONATION: $230

4 years ago

anonymous

anonymous

DONATION: $500

4 years ago

Serena Powell

Serena Powell

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Grace Hagemann

Grace Hagemann

DONATION: $25

Good Luck Stefanie! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Regina Gorenshteyn

Regina Gorenshteyn

DONATION: $50

4 years ago