Two exciting adventures have unfolded since the last update...
First: Evening in the Heart of Alexandria
Thank you Volunteer Alexandria (30-years of caring for Alexandria by mobilizing helping hands and connecting volunteers to organizations that need them) for honoring The runningbrooke Fund with the Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Award. Humbled, excited and re-energized to do more.
An excerpt from my speech:
'... Here's what I've realized - and what I am very proud of....
I'm proud of the fact that:
In a little over 2 years, The runningbrooke Fund has raised and granted over 80K to well-run Alexandria charities, educating and teaching self reliance.
...have paid pre-school teachers' salaries, ensuring that 58 children receive a high-quality, bi-lingual instruction, where they learn the lessons and social skills they need to succeed in life.
...and re-opened the doors of an Arlandria teen center for after-school tutoring and a quiet place for homework.
...and given 1,000 books to over 100 families.
...and provided scholarships to 45 girls so that they may LIVE, DREAM, and RUN a 5K event.
PLUS answered numerous Calls to ACTion for immediate needs such as milk and healthful after-school snacks for children living in the Carpenter's (homeless) Shelter.
I'm also proud that:
I've inspired people to ACT and led them to ENGAGE in the good, to THINK outside themselves for the betterment of our community. You see, I've found that a lot of people DO want to help, but just don't know how, or where, or whom.
I'm thankful for what all of this has given me: the strength, the empathy, the personal growth, and the strong bonds to some really great people, many of whom I would have never met....'
Click HERE to see the entire spiel.
Second: Savannah, GA (Marathon #41, State #30!)
November 5, 2011.
Savannah, located in the last of the 13 original colonies, was founded by General James Edward Oglethorpe in 1733. Oglethorpe shaped Savannah and made it the first "planned" city in the US. 14 of the original 16 shady squares remain with Forsythe Park as the centerpiece. Many of the state's oldest (and most lavish) historic structures are in Savannah.
Savannah and the Savannah Cotton Exchange ruled cotton and set the world cotton prices. But Savannah's luck changed with the onslaught of the Civil War, a period punctuated by blockades. In his March to the Sea, General Sherman penned this note to President Lincoln on December 21, 1864:
*To His Excellency, President Lincoln:
I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.
(Signed.) W. T. Sherman, Major-General
Savannah Factoids in no particular order.
*Factoid #1: Dozens of movies have been fimed in whole or in part in Savannah, including "Cape Fear," "Forrest Gump," and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
*Factoid #2: Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration is one of the largest in the nation.
*Factoid #3: Gastronomic Entrepreneur and Famous Chef of southern cooking Paula Deen is from Savannah. We went to her restaurant Lady and Sons to see if we'd spot her and grab dinner, but alas, no luck. So we ate at her sons' restaurant (Bubba's) a few miles away.
Our hostess is Paula's long-time friend and says that Paula is just like she is on TV.
*Factoid #4: John Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette came through Savannah on their way to their secret wedding celebration on Cumberland Island, GA.
*Factoid #5: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) is a relatively new entity in Savannah, but it sure has made a presence. Established in 1978, the college has been instrumental in the purchase and restoration of innumerable buildings, revitalizing large parts of the city.
*Factoid #6: In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded The Girl Scouts from her home in Savannah.
And now, without further ado:
The Ugly that turned into The Good
MacNair Travel. An award winning Alexandria travel management company specializing in business, vacation travel and runningbrooke travel! With ease and efficiency, they plan my running-life and make it so easy for me. Even better, they are runners and athletes too. Thanks Mike and Michelle, you rock!
That's it. You've made it to the end! Rehobeth, DE is the next marathon on December 10th, but before that, I get to run a 5K with 7,500 elementary school girls this Sunday. Hope you are well and Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 18, 2011
"Evening in the Heart" and Savannah, GA (marathon #41, State #30!)
Posted by brooke : head runner : founder of The runningbrooke Fund heather m. : new-ish runner and chief promoter at 7:03 AM