2010 Circle of Strength Members

Babylon Elementary School
The school supported Lauren's First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author's visit. The school was extremely generous, purchasing 30 hardcover copies of the book for every classroom. The PTA also purchased 100 copies to give away to families at their Bingo night and the students and staff purchased an additional 41 copies. Thanks to everyone for their support!

Bayview Elementary School
The school supported Lauren's First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author's visit and purchasing copies of Hope is Here to Stay.

Coach Tom Perkovich Runs a Marathon
Just one week after his wedding, Muhlenberg assistant coach Tom Perkovich entered the Buffalo Marathon. Tom presented LFG with a check during the annual camp.

Dublin Jerome Girls Lacrosse
Once again, the Dublin Jerome girls' lacrosse team led by cousin Gabriele and Aunt Jean made over 200 neck coolies for the players and coaches at the Otterbein camp. Thank you so much for all your hard work, sewing, stuffing and tying!

Easton Area Middle School 7/8 Dress Down Fridays
Thank you to all of the generous staff members at the 7/8 building who participated in "Jean Friday's" during the first marking period. By contributing one dollar to the jean fund each Friday during the months of September and October, staff members raised over $200 for Lauren's First and Goal. Go Rovers!!!

Easton Area Middle School 7/8 Runs for LFG
Led by Ms. Jillian Brodhead, a group of teachers including Mr. Ruhf, Mrs. Sanal, Mrs.Schuck and Mr. Baum from Lauren's school, Easton Area Middle School 7/8, ran the VIA Marathon in September in support of LFG. The group raised more than $1,000 in pledges.

Easton Area Middle School
Lauren's school hosted Patrice for an author's visit and purchased copies of Hope is Here to Stay.

Ed Adamko Golf Outing
Nearly 100 golfers turned out for an event at Morgan Hill and raised more than $2,000 for LFG. Ed and his group have raised more than $5,000 over the last three years.

Forks Football Chili Cook-off
A huge thanks to the Forks Football Youth Sports Organization for sponsoring a chili cook-off in October to benefit LFG. Thirteen families participated and helped raise $639! Special thanks to Fran Tone, Kelli Wilson and the rest of the team moms.

Gabs and Eloise's Paper Goods Drive
Gabriele and Eloise, students at Dubin Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio organized a paper goods drive at the school to help supply the coaches and volunteers with needed plates, napkins, cups and cutlery at the Otterbein camp. A big thank you to all of the students who participated by donating items.

Harbor Country Day School
The school supported Lauren's First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author's visit and purchasing copies of Hope is Here to Stay.

Hayden Wieber's Bake Sale
Hayden, a first grade student at Babylon Elementary, was so inspired by Patrice's author's visit and Lauren's story, that he made some home-baked treats and sold them in his neighborhood. Hayden raised $20 and donated it to Lauren's First and Goal. Thank you Hayden!

Holbrook Road Elementary School
The school supported Lauren´s First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author´s visit and purchasing copies of Hope is Here to Stay.

Hugs and Kisses for Lauren
In Scranton, Pa., Rose and her granddaughter Angelina held a candy sale called "Hugs and Kisses for Lauren" and raised $200 for LFG. They wrapped up Hershey Hugs and Kisses in pretty packages and held a sale. A sincere thank you to Rose and Angelina for their creativity and generosity.

Idle Hour Elementary School
The school supported Lauren's First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author's visit and purchasing copies of Hope is Here to Stay. In addition, 2009 Circle of Strength members were honored during the visit and given Hope Is Here To Stay t-shirts. Miss Goodman's third grade class wrote letters of encouragement to Lauren after the visit.

Joe, Matt and Lili Flaim
We continue to be amazed at how thoughtful and generous kids can be. Joe, Matt and Lili donated a percentage of their allowance to LFG, totaling more than $50. Thanks guys!

King's College Lift-A-Thon
Coach Jeff Knarr and members of the King's College football team held a lift-a-thon in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. during the team's spring testing period and raised $700 for LFG.

Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs
A heartfelt thank you to all of the handlers and beautiful dogs from Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs who come to the PA camp every year to meet with the children in the Fun Tent. Pictured in the photo are Keila and Lara, two of Lauren's favorites that she met years ago at the hospital, and who come every year to the camp.

Michael Garner - Photography
Mike learned of LFG from his son Case, a member of the Lafayette Football team and LFG volunteer. He generously offered to travel from CT to both the PA and NY camps to take photographs for us and process them for use on our website and promotional materials. His talent, enthusiasm and professionalism make him an invaluable member of the LFG team and his terrific photos capture the action and spirit of the events. Thanks Mike!!

Noxon Road Elementary School
Patrice visited this school for one of her author's visits and was joined by the Murphy family, founders of Friends of Jaclyn. Jaclyn and Taryn Murphy are former students of the school and the visit was planned with their fabulous former third grade teacher Karen Gliedman. The school purchased 105 copies of the book for all their second and third graders.

Owen's Marathon
Lauren's cousin Owen ran the NYC Marathon in November and raised more than $700 for LFG. He finished under four hours for the third consecutive year. Great job Owen, and thanks to everyone who pledged to help him and LFG!

Reporters' Challenge Golf Outing
Over $400 was raised by Lehigh Valley area sportswriters and reporters who participate in this annual golf outing, which was held in May.

SAAC 5K
The Lafayette College Student Athlete Advisory Committee sponsored the Hope is Here to Stay 5K in the spring that raised more than $2,560. Thanks to all of the tremendous athletes and the Lafayette community for their continued support.

Shawnee Elementary School
The school supported Lauren's First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author's visit and purchasing copies of Hope is Here to Stay. Circle of Strength members from years past were honored during the visit and given Hope Is Here To Stay t-shirts. Shawnee students also collected donations for Lauren's First and Goal during a recent book fair.

Southampton Elementary School
Southampton hosted Patrice as part of their Authors' and Illustrators' Day in March.

Suffolk County PAL Youth 7 on 7
Suffolk County PAL Youth 7 on 7 Championship
On August 14, 2010, the Suffolk County NY PAL held their first youth 7 on 7 football tournament to benefit LFG. Over 25 youth teams from across Long Island participated in the event, organized by Mr. Lou Bonnanzio, raising over $12,000 for the foundation. Thank you so much to all of the coaches, parents, officials, volunteers and players for taking part in this wonderful display of kids helping kids.

Sycamore Elementary School
The school supported Lauren's First and Goal by hosting Patrice for an author's visit and purchasing copies of Hope is Here to Stay.

Tracy Elementary Staff Club: Dress Down Fridays
Teachers and staff members at Lauren and Gracie's former elementary school contributed $250 to LFG from funds collected during dress down Fridays at the school.

Troxells' Works of Art
In addition to helping with copying and assembling of the PA camp registration booklets, Summer and Capri Troxell, ages 6 and 5, created beautiful works of art and sold their pieces to family and friends, donating all the money they raised to LFG. Thanks girls!

Uncle Tony's Curse Jar
We all love Uncle Tony, but sometimes his ‘colorful language' can cause quite a stir among those not accustomed to his command of the English language. Lauren and Gracie made and delivered a special curse jar for Uncle Tony to deposit 25 cents each time he let an explicative slip while we were in Columbus, Ohio for the inaugural Lauren's First and Goal camp at Otterbein College. Holy &%$$!! That %$$#$ Uncle Tony wound up depositing $19.75 into that &$@! jar over the course of three and a half $#% &# days!! Gracie also added a few bars of soap to his bill.

Yoga on the Beach
Lauren's Aunt Patrice again taught a series of morning yoga/pilates classes on the beach for members of the Idle Hour Beach Club in Oakdale on Long Island, N.Y. Twenty-four moms and kids donated more than $600 to LFG.


Circle of Strength Members

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Coach Perk Runs a Marathon

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Dublin Jerome Lacrosse Team

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Easton Area Middle School 7/8 Runs for LFG

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Ed Adamko Golf Outing

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Forks Football Chili Cook-off
Photo by Eric Lubar Photography

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Hugs and Kisses Sale

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Idle Hour Elementary School.

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Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs

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Mike Garner Photography

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Summer and Capri Troxell

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Yoga on the Beach

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Uncle Tony's Curse Jar