Thursday, October 10, 2013

Operation Jack 2.0- Part 2

I wanted to update you on what's going on with my Operation Jack project.  If you need a review, check out my first post on the subject.

I had originally thought that I wanted to donate all money raised to a charity that could potentially benefit Cullen.  But I decided now that I will split money raised between two charities.  First, the Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute.  Cullen was seen by Dr. Thomas Challman at the Geisinger Bucknell Center for Autism in Lewisburg and it felt like we were FINALLY where we needed to be.  We will continue to follow up there so it seems fitting that I raise money for them.

Second, is Operation Jack.  Sam (Jack's dad) has been majorly supportive in getting some of my ideas off the ground.  He's done a lot of good on his own for the cause, and if not for him, I probably wouldn't be doing this in the first place.

While on a run an idea occurred to me- wouldn't it be neat to organize my own running event as a fundraiser?  People do it all the time.  No matter where you live, if you wanted to run a 5k this weekend I bet you could find one (or two or three!)  Therein lies a problem..... how do I make mine stand out?  Answer- have it when no one else in the area is having one- New Year's Day.  But will that be enough?  How about making it different than a 5k?  Something that die-hard competitive runners and walkers could both enjoy.

Introducing The Resolution Challenge!  A three hour event on New Year's Day in which your objective is to complete as many laps as possible.  Great!  The concept is finalized.  Now for all the major and minor details.  I have already learned a lot from talking to Sam at Operation Jack and to Tara at  For instance, I'll need a permit ($).  I'll have to purchase insurance ($$).  If I want a timing company, be prepared to pay $500  ($$$).  Its going to be cold, wouldn't outdoor space heaters be great ($$)?!  And music would sure make it fun ($$).  Don't forget publicizing, t-shirts, medals, food, hydration, portapotties, emergency personnel, prizes, etc, etc, etc ($$$$$).  Now I'm feeling overwhelmed.  I barely have the cash to pay my bills!  How will I front the money necessary to pull off The Resolution Challenge?!  Answer- I need sponsors.  And I need YOUR help getting them.  How great would it be if a local insurance company covered the cost of insurance?  If a local coffee shop provided coffee and donuts at the start of the event and a pizza joint fed us at the end?  If a grocery store provided snacks and beverages?  If some EMTs volunteered their time?  If a DJ came and set up so we could have some music?  I know there are people out there willing to donate their time, talents, and cash.  I need YOUR help finding them!  If you or someone you know can help me get this thing going, speak up!  I'll take all the help I can get.  Sponsors are the first step.  With much gratitude in my heart, til next time!


  1. Speaking up. I'll help. Promise!

  2. I'm not much direct help, since I don't live in your area, but I have a few thoughts:

    *EMTs - Do you have a volunteer fire department? Go to a house and ask them for help. My brother is a volunteer fireman, and they're all certified in first aid and volunteering is their thing.

    *Because operation Jack is a non-profit, you may find places willing to donate their services/products in exchange for a receipt, because it's a tax write off.

    *And, finally, I'm a Thirty-One consultant and mostly help with fundraising. I'd love to talk about some options with you, if you'd be interested in doing a catalog party & raising money that way. (You can contact me through my website,, under the contact me link)

  3. First, I had no idea that you were a blogger until today. I read your entire blog and loved it. Second, what an awesome idea to raise money for the people who will help my godson. I, too, am speaking up. I will help in whatever way I can. Just ask. My company has a Community Foundation and may be able to provide financial support. Let's talk.

  4. I want to try to help, I don't know how much we can from Rochester but please tell us what we can do!

  5. Cris, yes we do need to talk! Jamie- I think the best thing you can do is help me spread the word! You have a great network of runners, just let them know!

  6. What about including a virtual option for those who want to participate but live outside of your area? You might visit the "Virtual Runs" group on Facebook. There are always people looking to do virtual races and it's a very popular page. Hope that helps a little! Good luck! :)

    1. Jenny- That is a great idea and its one I've been tossing around. Thanks for the "Virtual Runs" facebook page tip!


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