22 Apr Plus 3 Network members move $16,000 to the One Fund Boston; Co-Founder Joe Fabris, USATF Foundation Board member
Thanks to Running Warehouse, Hoka One One, and the USA Track & Field Foundation
In the wake of last Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, www.plus3network.com, a website that turns exercise into donations to charity, gathered from its corporate sponsors a special $16,000 pledge to support The One Fund Boston (www.onefundboston.org), a charity created to help those most affected by the events of April 15, 2013.
To show support for Boston, members of Plus 3 put the word “Boston” in their posts of exercise, and Plus 3 used the $16,000 pledge to allow its members to add One Fund Boston to their fundraising.
The goal was to reach the $16,000 pledge by the end of day on Monday, April 22, 2013.
The support was so deep that they hit the pledge a day early, and today Plus 3 Network sent the check to the One Fund Boston.
“We are all solidly behind the people of Boston and those who came to run the marathon, including many of our members,” said Rick Sutton, CEO of Plus 3. “Our sponsors came to us and we brainstormed on a way to make a special pledge for Boston.”
“As a company that supports runners, we wanted to find a way to empower our customers and allow them to show their support for Boston,” said Joe Rubio, General Manager of Running Warehouse.
“Having been a runner all my life, and now a part of the running family making athletic shoes, we wanted to be a part of the web of caring that has come from the events at Boston,” noted Hoka One One President Jim Van Dine.
“Day in and day out we have been using Plus 3 to help USA Track & Field Distance Centers to empower their athletes and fans to move money to our Olympic Development efforts,” commented Tom Jackovic, Executive Director of USA Track and Field Foundation. “And we were glad to have this immediate way that our athletes and fans can show they care for the runners, fans, and overall community of the Boston Marathon.”
Plus 3 allows for any type of exercise to be converted to a charitable donation. It is a free site for people to join and use, with all the funding covered by corporate philanthropy.
Members logged over 4,000 exercises over three days for One Fund Boston, with the most common activity being running, but ranging from Yoga to Kayaking to Basketball. In all, 68 different types of exercises were logged. The average exercise activity earned $4.17 towards the pledge.
You can see live details at www.plus3network.com/boston.