Statement from Thomas Grilk, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected by Monday's tragic events. Those who lost their lives and were injured are in our thoughts and prayers.
It is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of the B.A.A. medical personnel and volunteers and the City of Boston's first responders who reacted so courageously to help save lives. Special thanks to...continue reading at BAA.org
2013 Boston Marathon
"Ashland Special Programs & Community Gift Fundraiser"
Town of Ashland uses National Processing for accepting secure online credit card donations.
Donate by Check:
Mail check to:
Town of AshlandBoston Marathon Fundraiserc/o Susan Robie101 Main StreetAshland, MA 01721
*Include name of runner in memo area of check please.
I grew up in Framingham watching the Boston Marathon. My brother, Chris, ran it last year in the brutal heat. He has inspired me to give it a shot! I am excited to have the opportunity to run and to raise money for Ashland in the process. It is my fourth year working in the Ashland Public School system. Currently, I am a first grade teacher at Henry E. Warren Elementary School. I am looking forward to helping the community through my fundraising. I also cannot wait to run past my students on the day of the race!
My name is Chuck Gennari. I have lived in Southborough Mass with my wife and two children (who are now away at college) for almost 15 years. I have lived in the Metrowest area almost all my life. Last years' Boston marathon was my first marathon and was a tough way to start my running career...but I finished despite the heat!. .....I am pleased to again help fund raise for the city of Ashland in support of their community and social services programs....and I want to thank you in advance for your generous donation.
My name is Jeff Rushton, I am 47 years old and live in Melrose, MA. I have been married to my wife, and best friend, Patty for 20 years (in June). We have two beautiful girls, Melissa and Jessica. I am the CFO at the best company on the planet, Daymark Solutions in Lexington, MA. This will be my third consecutive Boston Marathon running for the Town of Ashland and my fourth marathon overall. I am excited again, for the opportunity to be able to run and to help raise funds to support the Town of Ashland’s Special Programs & Social Services.
My wife Jessica and I have lived in Ashland since 2003 and during our time here have added two sons to our family, Tyler (7) and Zachary (3). We love the town and I am honored to be running the Boston Marathon to help raise money for it. I remember watching the marathon over the years, in awe of the runners, thinking I could never do it. I took up running in 2010 and since then have completed four half marathons and two marathons. So get out there and run, You can do it! I am very excited to take on Boston on April 15th and expect to hear our town cheering louder than any other.
- Food Pantry – Provides food and personal care products to residents of Ashland who are in need. (Supplies for 2011 are at extremely low levels.)
- Ashland Youth and Family Services – Provides advocacy and social service programs to youth and their families in Ashland. Works closely with the police department supporting a youth court diversion program, and works towards the treatment, prevention and resolution of welfare or social growth problems.
- Community Outreach – Supports our many senior citizens, especially those that are shut-in due to loss of transportation.
- Ashland Emergency Fund – Provides temporary financial support to Ashland families in need of heat, medical, electric, oil/gas, rent or food. This fund has an association of individuals that respond rapidly to emergency situations. It creates a heightened sense of responsibility within our community of our duty to support our neighbors in need.
- Fire/Police – Both Public Safety Departments lost funding for special programs in 2011. Last year's 2010 Marathon Fund Raiser was able to bring Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-bullying program, to the middle and high school children for this year. By supporting these programs, the Fire Department plans to sponsor a fire-fighting camp for high school girls that may have an interest in becoming fire fighters. They also plan to sponsor the Fire and Emergency Services Exploring Program. ('“Exploring gives high school students, both male and female, aged 14 to 20, the opportunity to gain insight into a fire and emergency services career and develop a road map for their futures Students interact with Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics in order to gain experience in a work environment. 'Explorer Post Advisors' give students career opportunities, life skills, leadership experience, service learning, and character education.)
- Community Enrichment Library Programs - provide constructive activities for teens, supporting sports programs, sponsoring community concerts and movie nights for Town residents.