Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Looking for 2012 Sponsors

Running with Amanda is currently looking for 2012 sponsors to help us continue our work and accomplish our four-part mission: 1) to Reveal the dangers of teen substance abuse, 2) to Reach people for Jesus, 3) to Raise money for children's charities, and 4) to Remember our beautiful daughter, Amanda Marie Allison.

We started in March, only two months after Amanda's murder, and God has accomplished quite a bit through our efforts in these first few months. We've heard from numerous readers who've been touched by our story and turned their lives around. Though we started with a goal to raise $1000 for each of the three charities we support, we actually raised more than $4500 this year, blowing past our initial goal. And, we've been able to keep Amanda's memory alive, bringing good from the horrible tragedy of her death.

This year, we were blessed to have New Balance, Inc. step up and offer to sponsor us with running shoes. Just this week I received three new pair of New Balance 1260s that will carry me through my next marathon in March. Their generosity will save us about $1000 per year. If we can get sponsors to put up another $3000, we can cover all our entry fees, lodging, and transportation costs to get to the races we run.

We're in the process of designing our 2012 racing shirts now and would like to put sponsors' logos on the shirt. These are the pictures featured in this post. These shirts will be worn in races at least once per month. Sponsors' logos will also be placed conspicuously on our website and Facebook page with links to their own websites. I will also write a blog post individually acknowledging each sponsor for their support of our mission.

The following levels of sponsorships are available:

LevelMinimum DonationRecognition
Marathon$1000Logo on shirt front & back, on website, on Facebook page, acknowledgement post on blog w/ link
Half Marathon$500Logo on shirt back, on website w/ link, on Facebook page w/ link, acknowledgement post on blog w/ link
10K$250Business name on shirt back, logo on on website w/ link, on Facebook page w/ link, acknowledgement post on blog w/ link
5K$100Logo on website w/ link, on Facebook page w/ link, acknowledgement post on blog w/ link

Just to be clear, we are not trying to make money from Running with Amanda. In the event we collect more in sponsorship monies than it costs us to participate in these events, all remaining funds will be split between Arkansas Children's Hospital, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Soaring Wings Christian Home and Ranch in December of 2012. We will also be happy to provide a detailed accounting of all sponsorship monies collected and expenses to participate in the events for the year.

We look forward to working with those interested in helping us accomplish our mission to Reveal, Reach, Raise, and Remember.* Feel free to contact us for more information.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

*Running with Amanda will not accept sponsorships from any company deemed incompatible with our mission. Such companies include, but are not limited to any that openly oppose Christianity or its teachings, any that promote pornography or other illicit products, any that advocate violence, insurrection, or anarchy, etc. All proposals will be reviewed before any agreement to accept sponsorship will be accepted. If your company is determined to be ineligible to act as a sponsor, our decision is final and your money will not be accepted.

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