BENEFITING: Interfaith Worker Justice
EVENT DATE: Feb 14, 2016
Valentine's Day has never really been a big deal to me, but this year is different... I have two pretty big relationship milestones to celebrate:
1. My "LTR" turns 20 years old on February 14 (that's Long-Term Relationship, btw).
2. As of January 2016, I've officially devoted TEN YEARS of my life to this relationship.
*Sorry, Mom and Dad, I'm not talking about the kind of "LTR" that you've been offering novenas and lighting candles for... *
I'm talking about Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) -- the organization I "grew" up in.
February 14 is IWJ's 20th Anniversary. Time flies when you...have wildly ambitious goals and a rockstar network of affiliates that are winning better wages and working conditions, and workplace standards that honor and protect human life and dignity.
It has been a privilege to be part of this inspiring network of courageous workers and allies. IWJ is changing lives. I know it has changed mine.
So, as my THANKS-FOR-THE-TOUGH-LESSONS and HAPPY-BIRTHDAY gift to IWJ, I'm dedicating my 26.2-mile Valentine's Day-run to raise funds for the organization and the amazing work it does.
The L.A. Marathon has a total purse prize of $150,000, $25,000 for each division's winner + a bonus if you break some crazy record. There's so much IWJ can do with $25,000... Imagine if I won that pot?!?! So, I did the math, plugged in a few variables (ex. my NY Marathon Pace: VERY SLOW; Current Training Level: ZERO) and this is what I got:
~99th Percentile --> I WIN!
*IF none of those in the 99th percentile of runners show up, THEN Cathy wins the pot!
Not exactly a winning formula, eh?! So, with a $25K-win out of the question, I did another round of number-crunching, adjusted my fundraising goal to $2,000 and came up with a few routes to victory:
- 20 Friends x $100 = $2,000
- 40 Friends x $50 = $2,000
- (5 Friends x $100) + (5 Friends x $50) + (10 Friends x $35) + (35 Friends x $20) + (10 Friends x $20) = $2,000
- 20 Friends pledge to become monthly donors at $10/month* (message me about this)
SO, FRIENDS... are you with me? Join me in celebrating IWJ's 20th Anniversary -- and my 10th at the organization!!! Please consider making a generous donation today!