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Team Catholic Charities Races Across the Marathon Finish Line, Raises Key Funds for New Yorkers in Need

Monday, November 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Ed Gallagher of Team Catholic Charities

Congratulations, Team Catholic Charities, for successfully finishing the  ING New York City Marathon while raising crucial funds for New Yorkers in need!

First-time marathon runner and Leprechaun Transportation Group President Ed Gallagher came in first for Team Catholic Charities, crossing all five boroughs from Staten Island to Manhattan in just three hours and 42 minutes. He was followed by Jason Hamed, Joe Zenkus, Fr. Joseph Tyrrell, Thomas Carney, Julie Palombo, Jerome Prostasio and Ma Teresa Prostasio.

The runners raised $25,000 for Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project to provide coats, blankets and other essential items during the winter months and year round.

The donations they made by soliciting supporters and sweating up and down city streets prove particularly crucial now as New Yorkers’ need grows while safety nets are cut. Congress slashed food stamp allotments by approximately 5-percent on Friday. In New York, more than 1 million elderly people or those with disabilities will feel the impact, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

To thank Team Catholic Charities runners for their hard-earned donations, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan met with Team Catholic Charities runners at a luncheon organized by one of Catholic Charities dedicated and generous trustees.

“I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the runners for running,” Msgr. Sullivan said on his blog.“I was also impressed that they were willing to reach out to their friends and family to ask for contributions to provide help for families in need through Catholic Charities.”

Thank you!

Learn more about our runners and show your support.

Honored to Run for Team Catholic Charities

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

By Dr. Jason Hamed

“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.”  1 Corinthians 7:17

I am honored to have the opportunity to run with Team Catholic Charities as it allows me to fulfill two purposes simultaneously. First, I get the opportunity to bring awareness to a group that does great things in our world and second, I am able to inspire my children and community to live a healthier lifestyle.

This year will mark the 12-year-anniversary of the passing of my father to cancer. This event could’ve been viewed as solely a tragic event.  Instead I have viewed this for the positives it has brought in my life. First and foremost, the illness of my father strengthened our family bond and deepened my relationship with Christ. Second, it motivated me to be a better doctor, educator and living example of how to implement healthy lifestyle choices in a not-so-healthy world.

My calling is to inspire and educate those around me to live to their fullest potential. My hope is that by living Godly principles my actions will allow others to see in themselves what is truly possible.

I am blessed to have an amazingly supportive wife, Whitney, and three beautiful children, Reese, Boston and Taylor. My wife and I are very active and enjoy triathlons and exercise in general and our children enjoy watching “Mommy and Daddy race.” As we have created solutions to managing a busy two-working-parent household, we our teach our patients how to easily implement exercise and proper nutrition into any busy lifestyle.

On a purely selfish note, I always thought it would be an amazing experience to run the New York City Marathon. I know it will be a day I will remember , as will my oldest daughter, as we will have a wonderful Daddy and Daughter “date weekend” in New York City. (She is already excited to see the Statue of Liberty).

Thank you to Team Catholic Charities for the work you do for those in need and thank you for the opportunity for me to experience an amazing event while fulfilling my life’s purpose.

God Bless.

Help support Jason’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/jasonhamed

Riding Leprechaun Buses; Running for Team Catholic Charities

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

By Ed Gallagher

Many lives have been forever changed and even destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. It heightened my resolve to live life more fully and not procrastinate on my dreams and goals. These two devastating events, one natural, one man made, exemplified the dichotomy of life:  Life is truly fragile, but it is also amazingly resilient for those that survive.

I have never run a marathon, but it has always been on my “bucket list”. I figured I’d better do it sooner than later as I know it won’t get any easier as each year passes.

I grew up as a competitive swimmer, starting at age 5. I started running cross country in high school to get in shape for the winter swim season. I instantly fell in love with many aspects of running; the challenge both mental and physical, the solitude of training and camaraderie of race day. It gives me time to think about issues at work and home, put life into perspective and be a better husband, father, friend and employer.

I stopped running for many years as I got involved with family business and started a family. I am president of The Leprechaun Transportation Group, a small group of passenger transportation companies providing school bus, transit, commuter and charter motor coach service in the Hudson Valley and beyond. It is a third-generation family-owned enterprise started by my grandfather in 1934. My hope is that it becomes a fourth-generation family business.

My wife, Mary Jane, and I live with our four children; Katie, 15, Caroline 14, Eddie, 12, and Joseph, 9, in Montgomery, NY.  We are members of Most Precious Blood parish and our kids have attended this parish school.

I began running again a few years ago to be able to keep up with my kids, lose my “spare tire” and be fit mentally and physically.

Meanwhile, several years ago Sr. Joann Dress, CEO of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, approached me to become a board member. I agreed with little understanding of the full extent of their work.  From day one, I have been thoroughly impressed with the board’s and staff’s dedication, passion, focus and operational efficiencies of this organization. They touch so many lives in this community.  You can’t help but be drawn to help with their mission.

Running as a member of Team Catholic Charities allows me to fulfill a personal goal while also fulfilling a charitable goal.

I truly appreciate this opportunity.

Help support Ed’s ING NYC Marathon campaign. Click here to find out how: www.crowdrise.com/CatholicCharitiesNYC2013/fundraiser/edgallagher

Run in the World’s Biggest Marathon for the World’s Greatest Cause

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Join Team Catholic Charities for the ING New York City Marathon.

Race numbers are striking:

  • 26.2-mile course winding through all five boroughs in the Greatest City in the World
  • 100,000-plus race applicants
  • 37,000 racing participants
  • 2,000,000 spectators

The need you will be running for is striking as well:

  • 40,000 New York school children have no place to call home
  • 365,000 people look for work in New York City every day but cannot find it
  • One in four families live in poverty
  • 1,400,000 New Yorkers – that’s one out of every six of our neighbors – rely daily on emergency food
  • Tens of thousands of people left  homeless after Hurricane Sandy lost their furniture, clothing and all that they owned.
  • Thousands still struggle to recover

Team Catholic Charities runners train for top physical condition to cross the finish line AND  cut back on our neighbors’ growing need.

Catholic Charities, partnering with  New York Road Runners, is an official Charity partner in this year’s ING New York City Marathon.  Our ten-person team plans to raise $30,000 to directly benefit our St. Nicholas Project.

Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project provides:

  • job training and computer literacy classes to help New Yorkers find work
  • food pantries to make sure hungry New Yorkers have food
  • school supplies so children in need can keep up with their classmates
  • essential items including towels, sheets, blankets, coats, hats, gloves, scarves and pajamas so that New Yorkers stay warm all year.

Find out more

Join Team Catholic Charities

  

Congratulations to New Dad and Marathon Runner Michael Murrer

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Back in his pre-parent days,  Michael Murrer said he saw his run for Team Catholic Charities NY in the NYC ING Marathon on November 4 as “the last good chance before stuff gets really crazy.”  Read more.

But as this new dad is learning, when it comes to babies and timing, babies call the shots.

His little brown-haired girl, Rosemary Ann Murrer, greeted him and his wife, Diana, on Friday, October 5 at 6:19 a.m.  She was born at NYU Langone Medical Center and weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds 9 ounces.

Murrer says that he is thrilled, dazed and, yes, a little sleep deprived.

None-the-less, he still plans to run the marathon.  He added, however, “I may not break any records.”

Want to learn more about how this new dad does on his marathon run?

Please click here to support Michael Murrer’s fundraising goal for Catholic Charities and cheer him on.

Why this Future Dad is Running the NYC ING Marathon

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Michael Murrer’s reasons for running for Team Catholic Charities NY in the NYC ING Marathon on November 4 are many.  First, he says, Catholic Charities is a family affair; his father, Martin Murrer, serves on this nonprofit agency’s board. Next, he has completed a number of 5 and 10ks and has always wanted to run the Big One back here in the Big Apple. Then, there’s the inspiration of being a native New Yorker looking for a way to give back.

But, most of all, he says, “this is the last good chance before stuff gets really crazy.”

Michael, 28, and his wife, Diana, are expecting the birth of their first baby, a girl, at the end of October.

“I always had running the New York marathon in the back of my mind,” Michael says.  “With the baby coming, I realized I better do it now.”

Meanwhile, he said, running the marathon while raising money for Catholic Charities offered an opportunity too good to pass up.  Similar to his father, Michael volunteers for Catholic Charities and serves on its Junior Board for young adults.

“After meeting with (Catholic Charities Executive Director) Msgr. Sullivan, going to Junior Board meetings, and seeing Cardinal Dolan speak at the Catholic Charities gala, I felt inspired, excited and knew that this is something I could get passionate about,” he says.

So now Michael runs one-to-two hours nearly every day, jogging along the East River or the reservoir in Central Park to train for the 26.2 mile marathon.  His workout began with a five-to-seven mile run in the early morning hours of April and May. From there, he worked up to 14-mile runs.  He plans, he says, to reach 20-plus miles by the end of this month.

Michael played football and lacrosse at Bronxville High School in Westchester County, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in finance in 2007, and now works as an Associate at Jefferies Investment Banking in Manhattan.

When he tells friends and coworkers that he is running for Team Catholic Charities they pay attention, he says.  “Everyone in the course of their life catches a couple of bad breaks and you need organizations like Catholic Charities to get you through them.”

Support Michael Murrer’s fundraising goal for Catholic Charities and cheer him on as he trains for the 2012 ING NYC Marathon.

“New York City is My Track”: Meet Cynthia, 2012 ING NYC Marathon Runner for Team Catholic Charities NY

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Cynthia Martinez after finishing the NYC Half Marathon. She will run the 2012 ING NYC Marathon for Team Catholic Charities New York. Support her on Crowdrise. http://www.crowdrise.com/catholiccharitiesnycmarathon/fundraiser/cynthiamartinez1

 

By Cynthia Martinez
Associate Director of Youth Ministry

Three years ago, I challenged myself and trained hard for my first half-marathon.  I remember being so afraid of what it meant to train for 13.1 miles.  I had only participated in one race which was a corporate 5K race back in 2002.  Though I consider myself pretty fit, training for pavement pounding week after week takes a lot of will power and discipline.  Nevertheless, I can proudly say that I am the owner of four medals, each one representing the different half-marathons I have completed in the past three years.

“New York City is my track” is the motto I have embraced.  Ever since I began running, Riverside Drive and the West Side Highway have become my training grounds.  One of the best experiences during my training was getting access to all of the sights in Central Park, Ft. Tryon and the Cloisters.  Who can even feel exhausted when there is so much beauty to explore?

I have to thank the “Runner’s High” I heard so much about, for getting me to where I am now.  Once I completed my first race, and the subsequent ones, I knew that one of my goals was to eventually run the full marathon.  The year that I ran my first half-marathon, I had also ran to fundraise for an organization that works to help young girls develop healthy lifestyle and self-respect, in order to reduce the numbers of eating disorders and teen pregnancy.

When I wasn’t accepted to the ING New York City Marathon through their lottery system, I knew that I would still do it for a charity.  I found out about Team Catholic Charities NY through a friend, and when I did the research, my heart leapt – I knew I had to try to get on this team.  As I learned in my previous experience in running for charity, when I am running for a good cause, I am fueled to train even harder, because I know people are counting on me.  As I train, it means so much more to me that my own physical endurance will in the end provide physical aid to those who need it most.

As the Associate Director of Catholic Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York, it is an honor to run for Catholic Charities, who has a longstanding tradition of putting others FIRST and treating them with the dignity that they deserve.  I have personally worked with Catholic Charities, and for me it means that I am not only running for an organization – I am running for my family.