donlaonipon's profile image - click for profile

Don Laonipon's Fundraiser:

Human Rights Campaign Marine Corps Marathon

Don's Photo
Don's Photo
Don's Photo
Don's Photo
Don's Photo
Don Laonipon

THE STORY:

Pursuing My Passion One Step At A Time...

Last spring, I received an email from Human Rights Campaign (HRC).  They were recruiting runners for the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), as a fundraiser for the Athletes for Equality (AFE) program.  I knew that I had to run the marathon not only for myself, but for other members of the LGBT* community who do not have the privilege to be out and proud.  I enjoyed the challenge of training in the summer heat and fundraising for the first time. 

I had such a positive experience that I plan to run the race again this year.  I passionately support the LGBT* community and will fight until the LGBT* community has equal rights.  I am actively involved and hold several positions, including:

--Stewardship Director of NC Triangle HRC Federal Club

--Vice President of PFLAG Triangle

--Board Member of Rainbow Community Cares

--Volunteer at LGBT Center of Raleigh and coordinator of Triangle LGBT Game Night

Running in the MCM through HRC’s AFE is only natural, as it combines my love of supporting my LGBT* family with my love of running.  The benefits of running would include:

--Increased funding for HRC Foundation (HRCF)

--Increased visibility and awareness for HRC and HRCF

--Symbolic showing of how far we have come since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) got repealed (especially with strong military presence at MCM)

I am passionate about HRC because:

--HRC undoubtedly played a major role in the repeal of DADT.

--HRC gave me the opportunity to phone bank against North Carolina’s Amendment One, defining marriage as between a man and a woman.  Although the Amendment ultimately passed, it did cause the issue of LGBT* rights to garner national attention and increase momentum for our rights.

--Although momentum is shifting, HRC still needs our financial support to achieve full marriage equality and nondiscrimination.  I can’t think of a better place for HRC to be represented than at our own nation’s capital.

The MCM will take place on October 25th in Washington, DC.  My goal is to raise at least $2,000.  HRC and HRCF together improve the lives of LGBT Americans at home, at work, and in the community.  I hope you will support me, HRC, and HRCF by making a tax-deductible donation.

Thanks,

Don

P.S.—Read more about why I am running this marathon here:

HRC Blog Post

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,815

MONEY RAISED
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • Greg Hunt & Don Laonipon

    $250

  • Andrew Scribner

    $35

  • Lily and Jaime Viola

    $20

  • The Chan Family

     

  • Anna

    $10

  • Mark Hegeman

    $100

  • Angel

    $100

  • Kevin and Margot S

     

  • Brian Parkinson and Thomas Su

    $150

  • Po & Vincci Wu

    $300

  • Fred & Kristina Peiffer

    $100

  • Nancy and Cyndi

    $30

  • Han Vu & Tram Nguyen

    $50

  • Virgil & Denise Sealy

     

  • Alex Cernac

    $200

  • Ann and James Laonipon

    $100

  • Kelly Cardalino

    $20

  • georgia springer and bill finger

    $50

  •  
  •  
  •  
 

91% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $39,654 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Rob Falk

Amount Raised

$5,000

 

125% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Norman Reich

Amount Raised

$3,121

 

104% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeffrey Sallot

Amount Raised

$3,000

 

120% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Caywood

Amount Raised

$2,746

 

110% Raised of$2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Adam Swaim

Amount Raised

$2,461

 

164% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Laura Warner

Amount Raised

$1,951

 

130% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

David Hanson

Amount Raised

$1,845

 

123% Raised of$1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Don Laonipon

Amount Raised

$1,815

 

91% Raised of$2,000 Goal

Donor Comments

georgia springer and bill finger

georgia springer and bill finger

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Kelly Cardalino

Kelly Cardalino

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Ann and James Laonipon

Ann and James Laonipon

DONATION: $100

Proud of you in helping the organisation. Wishing You and Greg " Living Happily the rest of your LIfe" ! 4 years ago

Alex Cernac

Alex Cernac

DONATION: $200

Keep running Don and all the best to you and Greg on the occasion of your recent marriage. 4 years ago

Virgil & Denise Sealy

Virgil & Denise Sealy

4 years ago

Han Vu & Tram Nguyen

Han Vu & Tram Nguyen

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Nancy and Cyndi

Nancy and Cyndi

DONATION: $30

4 years ago

Fred & Kristina Peiffer

Fred & Kristina Peiffer

DONATION: $100

Enjoy your Marathon, your Wedding Day and the rest of your Life! 4 years ago

Po & Vincci Wu

Po & Vincci Wu

DONATION: $300

Congratulations to you and Greg! 4 years ago

Brian Parkinson and Thomas Su

Brian Parkinson and Thomas Su

DONATION: $150

4 years ago