Source: Twin Cities In Motion
Contributions increase by more than thirty percent over previous year
ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Twin Cities In Motion (TCM), together with its Community Partners and Charity Program teams, raised a grand total of $759,462 for charity in 2012, exceeding its 2011 fundraising total by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The funds were raised via race entry fundraisers, individual donations and contributions to the Friends of TCM program which supports youth fitness.
"The charitable contributions we and our participants and partners make for the community are something we're especially proud of at Twin Cities In Motion," TCM Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "Increasing the amount of money our events contribute to the community by more than 30% last year only inspires our organization and our partners to strive for more."
The majority of money raised came through the efforts of teams participating in TCM's Charity Program. Twenty charity teams used the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon for their fundraising efforts, using race entries and pledges to gather more than $586,000 for their respective causes.
"My favorite part about our relationship with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is the awesome potential to see our vision merge with that of Twin Cities In Motion," Bradley Hofbauer of Team World Vision said. His charity raised a whopping $316,000 at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, topping all Charity Program teams. "We both desire to see lasting, healthy, change in our community and in the world."
TCM's Youth Fitness Partners raised money through late entry fundraisers, donations given during registration as well as with fundraising teams. Bolder Options, Girls on the Run, MIGIZI Communications and the YWCA of Minneapolis work together with TCM to promote health and fitness not only through their youth programs, but also through their reach into areas of the Twin Cities most in need of resources. Athlete Development Partner Team USA Minnesota also raised funds to develop post-collegiate long distance runners through TCM.
"Our kids get up early on marathon morning and head out to mile 17 to cheer on the runners, Stephanie Leonard of Bolder Options, a youth mentoring program, explained. "They watch real-time mentoring happen for runner after runner. It shows our kids that we all need a little help from time to time and we can all provide a little help from time to time."
In addition to monetary donations, goods were donated to TCM's In-Kind Community Partners. TCM donated over 36,000 pounds of food to the Emergency Foodshelf Network. Over 3,600 pounds of clothing was donated or recycled through WearEver Recycling, while $15,000 worth of new shirts were shipped overseas through Hand In Hand Together.
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