Our Tradition of Community Service and Philanthropy
A key hallmark of the Dashing Whippets Running Team is our shared commitment to community service and philanthropy. Most of our members work with charities on their own, and many run to raise money for these non-profit endeavors. As a club, we frequently make significant commitments to national and international charitable efforts.
Many of the charities we supported in 2013 are listed on our Crowdrise site. For example, in 2013:
- We raised $1,245 in June 2013 at our annual Cheer-Raising for Back on My Feet, a charity that uses running to help homeless persons change the way they see themselves, so they can find employment and live independently.
- We assisted Philippine Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief by raising $2,718 in the Run for the Philippines.
- We raised $1,775 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in a tribute to our teammate and friend Rob Petrocelli.
- In September 2013, we competed as a team in the River View Run, organized by our teammate Jennie Kelly and her family. The River View Run raises funds to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The race raised $30,000.
- In December, we competed in the NYRR’s annual sneaker drive to benefit NYRR’s youth programs. We out-raised all other teams with our combined contributions of $3,235. This gift allowed the NYRR to purchase 65 pairs of fast, new running shoes for its young runners.
The Dashing Whippets are committed to volunteering for racing events throughout the year. Events that we’ve volunteered as team for are:
- NYRR Water Stations at NYC Half, Japan Day, Israel Day Run
- DWRT Annual Track Meet
- Hurricane Sandy Relief Volunteering