Giving Tuesday

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Happy Giving Tuesday friends! Don’t know what Giving Tuesday is? From the website:

Entering it’s sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since it’s inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

 

It’s just one day a year to step back, think about all you are blessed with and give as much as you are able to give to deserving organizations.

This year I am planning to support two organizations near and dear to my heart and would love to share them with you today. I hope that if you are able to give and haven’t found an organization that speaks to your heart yet, you’ll consider one that I love.

 

Rash Field- Jake’s Skate Park

 

Most of you know that I am the Event Manager for Waterfront Partnership. We are a non-profit based in Baltimore that is a business improvement district at our core but we also work hard to promote the Inner Harbor as well as improve it for locals and tourists alike. That means by water (check out Mr.Trash Wheel if you’re not familiar) and on land. We are currently in the process of redesigning and will hopefully start construction next year to redevelop Rash Field. Included in the plans for Rash Field is Jake’s Skate Park.

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From WPB:

In 2011, Jake Owen was a happy five-year old child playing with his new Super Mario Brothers game he just got for Christmas, when a cell phone distracted driver struck his family car from behind at 62 MPH. His last words were, “Mom, I have 43 lives!”. In his short life, Jake became an avid skateboarder and sports enthusiast. He would take to the streets to show his friends and parents his new skateboarding tricks, or help his friends pick up the sport. He played baseball and soccer and inspired everyone he knew to pursue their passions and live life fully. Jake’s favorite colors were Purple and Orange, inspired by his hometown sports teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. To honor Jake’s life and infectious attitude, we are raising money to build Jake’s Skate Park at Rash Field in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Although sadly Jake will never get to experience the thrill of a skate park in his neighborhood, the park will provide a dedicated space for skate boarding children and will be accessible for skaters of all ages and abilities. Your donation now, or on Giving Tuesday, will help us make Jake’s dream come alive and help build Jake’s Skate Park. Give at www.JakesSkatePark.org.#DonateToSkate!

 

Wings of Love, Kuwait

 

In June we adopted Cannoli (then named Dean), a two-year-old Japanese Spitz from Kuwait. We weren’t really looking for a dog but knew we would be soon and in a whirlwind turn of events we found ourselves going from not looking to being new dog parents within less than a week.

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He is the best thing that has happened to us and to Marley, our 10 year old Shih Tzu. Marley has never played like he does with Cannoli, they keep each other company all day while we are at work and snuggle on the sofa with us at night.

Last year Marley’s health started to decline and the vet thought he’d live a much slower life. Cannoli wasn’t having that and has brought new life into our old pup, which is so amazing to witness.  We 100% believe that has he added a few years onto Marley’s life and he was an incredible guard dog in August when we were victims of a home invasion. Cannoli heard the robbers first and alerted us giving us enough notice to scare them off and our safety was not compromised.  I can’t even think about what would have happened had he not been there.

I can’t thank WLK enough for bringing this snuggly, playful, loyal, loving dog into our lives. Funds given today through Giving Tuesday will be used to bring more dogs over to Baltimore from Kuwait to find loving homes, provide medical attention for dogs who are ill or have been badly abused, essentials like kennels, harnesses, leashes, food, etc. No donation is too small when it can make a difference in one dogs life.

Donate HERE

 

Special Olympics of Maryland

 

Every January I plunge into the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay to bring awarness and recognition to the Special Olympics of Maryland. This organization is is near and dear to my heart as I’ve worked closely with them over the last three years. 

On my second day on the job at WPB in 2015 I went to Rash Field and hosted a bocce ball tournmanet with SOMD and volunteers. We encouraged others to come and play with the SOMD athletes to get to know them and the organization better. Over the last three years we’ve played countless games of bocce and hosted two benefit nights at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for Special Olympics of Maryland. I’ve also raised over $1300 for them in the past two years and I’m hoping to add $750 to that in January 2018. 

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If you’d like to add to my plunge goal you can donate HERE

I hope you can find it within yourselves to make a contribution today whether it’s to one of these incredible organizations or another that you support. Happy Holidays!

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