"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Friday, February 03, 2006

I heart fundraising

Actually, that's not quite true. However, I'm thinking that a long and prosperous life in the nonprofit industry may require a better attitude about fundraising than I have previously had. So--

If you have an extra Alex Hamilton in your wallet (or more room on one o' them plastic cards than you know what to do with), please consider a pledge on my "Run Valentine Run" page. The 4-mile run is on Feb. 11 and benefits Legal Services of Northern California's programs for kids. Deep thanks to folks who have donated. This is the third year I've done the race and the first time I've actually tried to participate in the fundraising. It gives me an excuse to be blogging while I'm at work.

Here is the link with all the info you could possibly need about giving your money to Legal Services: Emily's Valentine Run Pledges.

On the running side of the event, I'm hoping to beat my previous time of 33:33. I need to get over the mental obstacle of thinking that an 8 minute mile is not a pace I can sustain for more than a mile or two. Obviously I came close last year but I did not feel pretty, I tell you what. I feel like I am in a bit better shape than I've been at this time the last couple years, so maybe it's reasonable to hope for the same pace with less pain...though that would be all too easy and convenient, wouldn't it?

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