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Crowd Rise Challenge: Please Help PTW Reach its Goal!

Push to Walk has been accepted to enter a Crowd Rise Challenge in hopes of being considered for a Gannett Grant. During the challenge we compete against other non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness. The challenge began earlier this week on March 18th and will continue through April 21st. Throughout the next four weeks we will be seeking donations to reach our goal of $6,000. We can also win weekly mini challenges based on total donations for the week.

We encourage all our clients, friends, and families to share the donation link so we can reach out to as many potential donors as possible. Money raised must go through the Crowd Rise link within the four weeks to be considered an eligible donation. At the end of the campaign, we must have at least $6,000 raised to be considered for a grant from the Gannett Foundation.

The Gannett Grant is a great opportunity to be considered for. Once the challenge is over, all the organizations competing will be evaluated by judges to choose recipients for the Gannett Grant itself. Your donation will help Push to Walk continue to help those with paralysis achieve their highest level of physical fitness in a positive and encouraging environment.

Donations will be accepted from March 18-April 21st. Please consider donating and sharing to spread the word! Any sized donation is appreciated.

Please visit Push to Walk's Crowd Rise page to make your donation and share for others to contribute.

Calling All Runners! Join Team Push to Walk at the shore on Sunday, April 28th

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We’ve reached the end of February now and it’s time to check if we’re all on track with those 2019 resolutions! Some of you may have resolved at the stroke of midnight to take better care of yourself, eat healthier, be more active, or be more philanthropic. Good news is we’ve got a way for you to incorporate quite a few of those into one activity! Team Push to Walk is in the process of forming and will be heading down to Long Branch, New Jersey to participate in the NJ Marathon, Marathon Relay, and Half Marathon again this year. The 2019 NJ Marathon marks 9 years of involvement for Push to Walk as a Charity Affiliate. The NovoNordisk NJ Marathon is one of the few races that allows non-profit organizations to raise money for their own cause and for that we are grateful. There’s 2 months to go until race day and we would be happy to have you join the 2019 Team Push to Walk. We ask that each member of Team Push to Walk commits to raising $500 on the organization’s behalf, but the good news is we provide you with all the necessary tools. If you’re interested in participating, either as a runner or handcyclist, visit the 2019 Team Push to Walk Fundraising Site, print out the application and send it to Stephanie Lajam. There are three race options to choose from:

  • Full Marathon= 26.2 miles all by yourself
  • Full Marathon 4-Person Relay= 26.2 miles split between you and 3 of your friends
    • Leg 1= 8.6 miles
    • Leg 2= 6.4 miles
    • Leg 3= 7.1 miles
    • Leg 4= 4.1 miles
  • Half Marathon= 13.1 miles all by yourself

From there you will be contacted and guided through the process of creating your personal fundraising page through the Push to Walk site. In the meantime, we will get you registered for the race of your choosing. Push to Walk will also provide race packet pickup and a team shirt to all members of Team Push to Walk. You focus on your training, sharing your fundraising page link, and showing up on Sunday, April 28th in Long Branch.

Check out our tips for any runners/handcyclists out there.
1. Get started. There is no time but the present!
2. Establish a goal. A race date is a great driving force for someone. May we recommend reaching out to Stephanie Lajam (slajam@pushtowalknj.org) and joining us at the NJ Marathon?
3. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is your training. This is your race. This is your goal.
4. Drink water & provide your body with the appropriate fuel.
5. Rest and recovery are essential parts of your training.

Any questions? Contact Stephanie at slajam@pushtowalknj.org.

You could win a brand new car! Push to Walk’s 10th Annual Casino Night at Route 23 Auto Mall-Saturday, April 6, 2019

Alright, you can’t really win a car but our event host, Route 23 Auto Mall still makes us feel pretty lucky. Push to Walk will once again hold its Annual Casino Night at Route 23 Auto Mall in Butler, NJ. The local car dealership has generously cut their business hours short for years to loan out the space to host the event and 2019 is no different. President and Vice President, Scott Barna and Donna Christman recognize their social responsibility to their local community and find ways to give back through many efforts. Last year, a winter storm knocked out power in Butler and Kinnelon a few days before Casino Night. Barna, Christman, and their staff worked tirelessly to get power restored and the dealership event ready. “We were unsure if our event would take place, but Scott Barna was in constant communication with Push to Walk staff as he received updates from the power company and as his staff was able to shovel out cars and move them to have the space for event attendees to park,” said Stephanie Lajam, Push to Walk Director of Operations.

Push to Walk’s 10th Annual Casino Night featuring a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will be Saturday, April 6, 2019. Texas Hold ‘Em players who make it to the final table will have their chance at winning $5,000 in VISA gift cards and other prizes. Not a poker player? You can join us for roulette and blackjack. Don’t worry roulette and blackjack players will have a chance to win from another selection of prizes. All entries include starting chips, buffet, beer, and wine.

We are also offering a special deal for any 2018 tournament participants. Call us with the name of a registering newcomer (friend who has not participated before) and you will receive $50 off of your entry!

If you’d rather sit back and observe the action, you’re welcome to register as a spectator. Evening will also include a 50/50 raffle!

Poker players who register online will receive a 1,000 chip bonus! Visit our registration site to secure your spot for Saturday, April 6th, 2019, for more information, or sponsorship opportunities.

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