Where: The Ainsworth, 122 W 26th Street (between Ave of the Americas and 7th Ave), New York, NY 10001
When: When: Tuesday, June 26th 7-9 pm
Fee: $10 donation at the door or advanced tickets purchased through EventBrite
Drink Special - $4 Paige Amber Ale, $6 cosmos, apple-tinis and watermelon-tinis
Complimentary hors d'eourves
Complimentary Mini Cupcakes from BAKED BY MELISSA
Music by DJ Friendly Greg!
You'll be entered to win one of the following raffle prizes!
- New York Jets replica lithograph autographed poster featuring 4-time Pro Bowler and 2-time team MVP cornerback Darrelle Revis
- 2 tickets to NY SKYRIDE)
- 4 Chelsea Piers Passports
- $50 Gift Certificate from PinkCalyx.com
- One free trial lesson in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Piano, Voice, or Ukelele, OR one free month of kids/teens rock guitar from Brooklyn Guitar School
- Gift Certificate for 2 for V.I.P. Wine Tasting Experience at Pindar Vineyards
- Spirit Cruises NY/NJ Dinner Cruise for 2
-Certificate from Panera Bread for one free loaf of bread each month for one year
I AM STILL ACCEPTING DONATIONS! Please take a few minutes to make a contribution below to the CCFA! Thank you for your support!
I am about to run my first half-marathon for an important cause and I need your help! On June 2nd, 2012, I will complete the 13.1-mile Virginia Half Marathon, to raise funds and awareness for research leading to improved treatment options and a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
You may not know this, but I was never really a runner. I was always the one standing on the sidelines watching others run races or the one walking past the runners on the street. Finally, I decided that I should be one of the people running. When I attended the Team Challenge information meeting and heard an honoree speak about how Crohn's disease has affected her life (Marion was taking 15 pills a day, doing liquid diets, lost her job, had her 4th colonoscopy, and told us the disease has spread to her esophagus and lungs and that she has to deal with random hospitalizations, all by the age of 27), I realized this was the perfect opportunity to take up endurance training and do it for a good cause.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). They are chronic disorders that cause inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract - causing painful inflammation of the intestines, bleeding, and the inability to absorb nutrients, among many other possible symptoms. It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million Americans have IBD; however, many more suffer in silence due to potential embarrassment and alienation. Crohn's disease may occur in people of all ages.
Another honoree, Steven, also greatly inspired me with his story. Steven is 12 years old. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease right after his 10th birthday. Due to unsuccessful surgery to help him keep his colon, doctors had to remove his whole colon and he now has a permanent ostomy, and the last part of his large intestine still bleeds. His words, "I have Crohn's, but it is not who I am" makes this MY MISSION to do as much as I can in the present in the hopes that one day, there will be a cure for all the children and adults affected by IBD and our future generations will live in a world free from this destructive disease.
As much pain as my legs will be in as a novice runner, it is nothing compared to the pain endured by IBD patients who have to deal with the disease possibly for the rest of their lives. I truly believe in medical research and its vast potential to improve treatment options and to find a cure for patients. I have personally dealt with a chronic condition for many years and without medical advances made possible through research, my life would have been different today.
TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! As a member of Team Challenge, I have committed to a training schedule with team group trainings on the weekends, and I’ve promised to raise $3,000 in donations to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I AM MOTIVATED! I AM COMMITTED!! I WILL DO IT!!! (Watch your mail for my post-event news update.)
By now I hope you agree with me about the importance of this cause. ANY contribution you can make will be gladly accepted as every dollar counts towards research efforts to improve the lives of those suffering from these inflammatory bowel diseases, and your contribution is 100% tax-deductible. Please take a minute to make a donation. You will automatically receive a receipt for your contribution.
If you prefer to write a check, please make it payable to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, or CCFA. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for my mailing address.
If your employer participates in matching gifts, please contact me at email@example.com for details. I would need a copy of your matching gift request form and the donation should be made to Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, or CCFA, with the donation designated to "Team Challenge - 2012 Virginia - Alice Li". If your company may be interested in corporate sponsorship, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for the form listing the benefits at each sponsorship level. Corporate sponsorship, starting at the $1,000 level, provides benefits ranging from logo visibility to dual PR opportunities.
I hope you will join me in my efforts to help Marion, Steven, and all the adults and children suffering from IBD.
To learn more about Crohn's Disease: click here
To learn more about Ulcerative Colitis: click here:
To find out more about Team Challenge, click here: