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Posted on | November 7, 2016 | No Comments

Running for Alexandria Kids

Brooke Curran’s Commitment to the Next Generation

By Kris Gilbertson

Brooke Curran ran her 100th marathon on Sunday, October 30 at the Marine Corps Marathon in Crystal City, and her foundation, RunningBrooke.org has raised well over $1 million to benefit Alexandria’s charities for children. (Photo by Harry Merritt.)

Brooke Curran ran her 100th marathon on Sunday, October 30 at the Marine Corps Marathon in Crystal City, and her foundation, RunningBrooke.org has raised well over $1 million to benefit Alexandria’s charities for children. (Photo by Harry Merritt.)

Seven years ago, marathon athlete Brooke Sydnor Curran committed her life to helping disadvantaged kids in Alexandria by promoting physical and learning activity through her foundation, RunningBrooke. She pledged to raise money doing what she excels at—running marathons. And she vowed to do this in every state and on every continent, including Antarctica.

Zebra’s Features Editor interviewed Brooke in late October.

How do you run a marathon in Antarctica?

The same way you run anywhere else. Of course, it takes three days to get there. And there were 40-mile-an-hour sustained winds, sleet and freezing rain, and snow. It was a triple out-and-back among the Chinese research base, the Chilean base, and the Russian base. That means you go out to a base, back to the start line, and then do that two more times.

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How RunningBrooke Works

Posted on | November 7, 2016 | No Comments

By Kris Gilbertson

(This continues the conversation with marathon athlete Brooke Curran about how her RunningBrooke foundation raises funds to improve the lives of Alexandria kids.)

How does running a marathon translate into raising money?

It’s not a dollar per mile or any of that. It’s really the ongoing commitment and attention on Alexandria’s kids with my running. The fundraising is more around businesses, folks that are committed to Alexandria, and who want to be aligned with our organization.  

Once a pack a day smoker, Brooke has helped over 5,000 Alexandria kids with her marathon running. (Courtesy photo.)

Once a pack a day smoker, Brooke has helped over 5,000 Alexandria kids with her marathon running. (Courtesy photo.)

Where has the million dollars come from?

Businesses, local, regional, and international. It’s been runners, running the Marine Corps, let’s say, since that’s coming up. We have 100 runners who run with us and fund-raise [runners with sponsors give the money to the foundation].

We have folks who looked for a way to give back. This makes sense to them. Or sometimes we’re fundraising for a specific project, say Spring to Action, when we raised $100,000 in 24 hours to build a playground (Taney Avenue). We fund-raised for it in April and it just opened in September. [See September ZEBRA.]

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More than $46,000 raised for ALIVE! hunger programs at Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Posted on | November 30, 2016 | No Comments

empty-bowls-1More than 170 members of the community attended ALIVE‘S second Empty Bowls fundraiser on Saturday, November 12, raising more than $46,000 for ALIVE! food programs. Each attendee selected a handmade bowl donated by the Northern Virginia Community College-AlexandriaFine Arts Department and the Alexandria Clay CoOp. Read more

GEORGE WINSTON: ALWAYS BREAKING ON THROUGH

Posted on | November 29, 2016 | No Comments

A modern piano master isn’t slowing down anytime soon and the world is better off for it. 

By Steve Houk

George Winston plays The Birchmere Monday December 5th (photo courtesy Joe Del Tufo)

George Winston plays The Birchmere Monday December 5th (photo courtesy Joe Del Tufo)

First, imagine Jim Morrison and his bandmates, especially Ray Manzarek‘s unmistakable keys, powering through a churning Doors’ classic. Next, picture Linus and Lucy bickering over a bouncy Vince Guaraldi composition as they glide in front of a Charles Schultz-induced Peanuts background. Finally, harken back to the mesmerizing rumba/mambo/calypso sounds Professor Longhair played on his piano in some smoky New Orleans club so many years ago. Read more

Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet Visited Alexandria for Small Business Saturday

Posted on | November 28, 2016 | No Comments

 

Alexandria Singers welcomed Administrator Contreras-Sweet with Christmas Carols. (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Collection)

Alexandria Singers welcomed Administrator Contreras-Sweet with Christmas Carols. (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Collection)

For small business owners, seeing Maria Contreras-Sweet in town is akin to Adele popping in to listen to the church choir. It’s exciting. And so it was this past Saturday in Alexandria. Read more

Can You Volunteer to Visit People in Hospital for The Holiday Project?

Posted on | November 26, 2016 | No Comments

holiday-projectThe Holiday Project of the National Capital Area is sponsoring visits by volunteers to residents of hospitals, nursing homes, and long term care facilities throughout the holiday season.  According to Robin Wiley, President of The Holiday Project of the National Capital Area, “These visits bring the spirit of a holiday to people who otherwise would not have a celebration.” Read more

Members of Alexandria City Council Issue Statement on Inclusiveness

Posted on | November 20, 2016 | No Comments

The members of the Alexandria City Council have issued the following statement:

inclusivecommunityfund-logo“Alexandria, Virginia, is a city of kindness and compassion. We are a thriving community of engaged residents with strong ideals of peace, community service, and both shared and diverse cultures. Read more

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