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A BIG thank you to our generous donors. 12 ladies completed the Biggest Loser 5K on June 14, 2014.
Help Send 12 Runners to Biggest Loser 5K
Seeking Financial Donations
Want to sponsor a new runner for their first race?  There are 12 women at the Rockford Rescue Mission’s recovery program that want to run the Biggest Loser 5K on June 14 and we need your help!  Your $25 donation will give one of twelve local women in recovery a truly inspirational and unforgettable experience.
Finishers get a medal, t-shirt, backpack, and… you know… that drive to want to do another race and keep running!  Help us, help them get the bug! Please donate today.
Race Scholarships Available
Crooked River 5K
Interested in running a race but can’t afford the entry fee? Apply for a race scholarship! We have 2 entries to the Crooked River 5K in Pecatonica on May 24!  If you’d like to sign up but cannot afford the entry fee… apply for assistance at www.annieslocker.org/Race-Sponsorship.html Thanks to the Crooked River race committee for this donation!
One Donor’s Creative Giving Program
“10 for me, 1 for Annie’s”
This incredibly inspiring Moving Comfort tech shirt was just donated by one of our incredibly inspiring donors, Karol! She started her own personal “10 for me, 1 for Annie’s Locker” creative giving program in 2012. Karol set her mind to get healthy and lose weight in 2011, and after hearing about Annie’s Locker, decided to donate a new article of clothing for every 10 pound weight loss. She donates plus-size clothing because it doesn’t matter what size a person is to get moving!
Our New Mission, Vision… and Heart
Inspiring and equipping people to lead healthier lives
We believe that our revised Mission, Vision and “Heart” gives us potential to have an even greater impact on our community and the flexibility to better serve those whose needs go beyond our original vision. Read more about the change: http://bit.ly/1ekoCOo
2014 Kickoff – Arny Johnson Race
A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers, friends, and supporters of Annie’s Locker for stopping by our table at the Arny Johnson Race on April 5. We collected gear, spread the message, and had a really fun time participating in our community! What a great group of angels.
March Newsletter
Read our submission to the Rockford Road Runners March Newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1mITr2O
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Thank You from King
King Elementary School was one of 33 Rockford Public Schools to receive youth-sized gym shoes from our Share A Pair drive.
‘Tis The Season
The Gift of Health
Celebrate the holiday season by donating to Annie’s Locker today at annieslocker.org/DONATE-.html. Your gift of $25 can buy a struggling mom a supportive sports bra! $60 could buy a pair of cross-trainers, and $100 could send FOUR new runners to their first 5K. Give Rockford the gift that keeps on giving – the tools to live healthier lives.
Angels On Site
Rockford Turkey Trot
We had a fabulously chilly time at the Rockford Turkey Trot! We gave away all of the Running For Two (R42) bandanas and jelly bracelets that we brought so 208 more people now know about R42.
Several runners told us they were sending them out of state…. so the movement that was started by our namesake Annie is having widespread impact on people’s lives!
Cover Girls
We made the cover of the November 2013 issue!
Cristina Gloria, Erika Smith, Beth Johnson and Lauri Gesner are shown Running for Two on the cover.  Please check out our article “Strength from others”  – a beautiful and inspiring story of one man’s Running For Two experience on page 10!
Surprised by an Angel
$3,000 Anonymous Donation
We were surprised by an angel in October when the Road Runners presented us with $3,000 from an anonymous donor! This donor, who we are calling “Angel”, donated anonymously to us last year as well.
THANK YOU to this generous donor and to all of the earthly angels who work silently to improve our community.
Share A Pair Update
33 elementary schools.  500 pairs of shoes.
We set an ambitious goal to collect 500 pairs of gym shoes in less than 1 month. Between shoe donations and $2,875 in cash donations, we met our goal of obtaining 500 pairs of new youth gym shoes for the International Day of Peace and needy students! Before distribution to students this week, the shoes were part of the International Day of Peace “Walking in Their Shoes” labyrinth at Rockford University in September.
Haskell school was one of the schools to receive shoes. This 5 year old was first to receive. He was actually a whole size larger than the ones he was wearing to school.Thanks to everyone who supported this amazing community project.