Monday, April 16, 2012
Running for AFH in the 116th Boston Marathon!
Running or not, everyone knows about the Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world! If you are a Bostonian, you know first-hand how our bustling city becomes a sporting arena on Marathon Monday. Public schools and many businesses are closed. The city streets normally packed with autos, bicycles, taxi cabs and trucks are lined 10-deep with supportive family, fans and volunteers. The cheers are loud. The hope is to catch a glimpse of this year’s 27,000 runners and athletes with disabilities who will start the 26 mile trek in Hopkinton full of energy and determination to cross the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay.
And did you know that many Marathoners run for a cause? AFH is so proud that John Hancock, a long- time major AFH corporate contributor, has an AFH team including avid runner Jacob Stewart, an International Business Consultant for John Hancock. Stewart and close to 20 of his John Hancock colleagues will run Boston and donate all funds raised to AFH’s Summer Jobs program! So far John Hancock runners for AFH have raised $20,000! Amaaaazing!
We’re so grateful for Jacob, and John Hancock for their commitment to AFH and the other non-profits they support including Bottom Line, Cradles to Crayons, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (for more info on all the non-profits that John Hancock raises money for yearly, click here.
It is because of individuals like Jacob Stewart and companies like John Hancock that Artists For Humanity will be able to provide summer jobs and professional mentoring in our six studios -- Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, 3-D Sculpture/Design, Video and T-Shirt Screen Printing.
BUT, you don't need to run a marathon to support AFH…you can party for us, too! Come to our Greatest Party on Earth at the EpiCenter on April 28 and be a part of our 7th annual earth day celebration. Buy tickets now and help sustain our program that provides creative jobs for over 130 under-resourced Boston teens this summer and year round.
Happy Marathon Monday and see you at this year’s GPOE!