By Christian Brink
Gordon College News Service
Even though they’ve crossed this year’s finish line at the Boston Marathon, runners like Sheree Dunwell know that her work isn’t over. In fact, she’ll accept almost any challenge to continue raising money for a particular charity, including donning a banana suit in the downtown Boston Financial District.
Dunwell, 25, of Saugus, Massachusetts, is part of The Marathon Coalition, which consists of seven different teams of runners. The teams represent various nonprofits from across the region, and commit to raising money for them as they train for the marathon. Dunwell, who has been fundraising for Mass Mentoring Partnership these past four months, is continuing her efforts until the end of April.
“When I was accepted to be a member of the Mass Mentoring team,” said Dunwell, “the Boston Marathon quickly became a way for me to make a difference in others’ lives and not just my own.”
Two days before the marathon on April 16, Mike Wasserman, 27, of Boston, gathered five of the seven teams in the church basement in Newton, Massachusetts, for a dinner to celebrate their fundraising efforts and to share last minute words of inspiration before the race. They were also honored with “Spirit Awards” as Mark Blackman and Jenna Hudlow, representatives from Razoo, an online fundraising platform based out of Washington, D.C., recognized Dunwell and others for their creative fundraising efforts.
Wasserman founded the Coalition in 2008 and has worked closely with Razoo ever since. In its three years of operation, Razoo has already helped raise over $45 million for nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes nationwide through creative fundraising efforts.