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Running with the Bears Charity Runners

A team for MOUNTAIN CIRCLE

  • $14,022
    Raised
  • 185
    Donors
  • 52
    Fundraisers

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$14,022 raised

of $100,000

($10,312 online, $3,709 offline)


Raising money for the PowderQuest Program: Outdoor leadership adventures for foster care teens!

Leaderboard

name dollars donors

1

Staff and Volunteers of Mountain Circle

Staff and Volunteers of Mountain Circle fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$2,179 5

2

Courtney Stock

Courtney Stock is Running with the Bears!

$824 13

3

Laura Downing

Laura Downing fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$780 6

4

Zach Downing

Zach Downing fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$770 7

5

Holly Silva

Holly Silva fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$607 9

6

Sara Miller

Sara Runs with the Bears

$590 9

7

Kate's Running with the bears

Katie's fundraiser for "Running With The Bears" Charity Marathon

$575 9

8

Aly McAlister

Aly McAlister fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$500 6

9

Nancy Quigley

Nancy Quigley fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$500 3

10

Lisa Miller

Help Lisa Miller Support Kids

$460 6

11

Dashing Dad

Dashing Dad fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$450 5

12

Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$440 9

13

Brandi Bishop

Brandi Bishop fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$433 9

14

Cherie Schneider

Cher Bear is Running with the Bears!

$425 16

15

Laura Filbeck

Laura Filbeck fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$400 10

16

Jamie Kelley

Running with the Bears - Jamie Half Marathon Fundraiser

$400 5

17

Matty Behr

The brunette and the 3 Behrs

$400 7

18

Bridget Burley

Bridget Burley fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$400 7

19

Tanya Harrison

Running Crazy for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$400 4

20

Ann Murphy

Ann Murphy fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$300 2

21

Maggie Small

Run with Me!

$245 3

22

Kathy Pietak

Kathy Pietak and The Sole Mates fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$220 3

23

David Wiskowski

David Wiskowski fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$200 1

24

Viv Pome

Viv Pome fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$200 2

25

Donna Williamson

Donna Williamson fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$200 5

26

Lindsay Zubriski

Lindsay Zubriski fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$180 4

27

Deanna Morris

Deanna Morris fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$176 3

28

Meghan O'Leary

Meghan O'Leary fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$140 2

29

Heather Psaros

Heather Psaros fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$110 4

30

Paul Mcauley

Paul Mcauley fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$102 2

31

William Hunter

William Hunter fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$100 4

32

Rosey Bertoluzza

Rosey Runs with the Bears

$70 3

33

Sarah Woodward

Sarah Woodward fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$60 2

34

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$50 1

35

Marcela Truxal

Marcela Sanchez fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$50 1

36

Stacy Frazer

RUN4THEGOOD

$25 1

37

Lindsay Driscoll

Lindsay Driscoll fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$20 1

38

Ryan Daniels

Ryan Daniels fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$20 1

39

Melanie Holsopple

Melanie Holsopple fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$20 2

40

Michelle Castillo

RunMichelleRun...with the Bears

$0 0

41

Jessica Kain

Jessica's First Marathon

$0 0

42

Dana Black

Dana Black fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

43

Tristen Davis

Tristen Davis fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

44

Debra McLenachen

Debra McLenachen fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

45

Stevi Dale

Stevi Dale fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

46

Jack Styer

Jack Styer fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

47

Meg Evans

Meg Evans fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

48

Andy Hill

Andy Hill fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

49

Patricia Burt

Patricia Burt fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

50

Halie Jorgensen

Halie Jorgensen fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

51

Kristie Rood

Let's do it!

$0 0

52

Nikolas Theveos

Nikolas Theveos fundraising for Running with the Bears Charity Runners

$0 0

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Running with the Bears is specifically a fundraiser for Mountain Circle's PowderQuest Program, an outdoor leadership adventure for older foster teens and their mentors. Please check out this short 3-min film that was just made about the event! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxBFXSx7k-0

This trip provides opportunities to build self-confidence, self-reflection, and leadership skills- beyond the front door and into the real world. Up to 30 older foster youth are invited to attend each year and, alongside their adult mentors, every participant learns important values in becoming healthy adults such as trust, integrity and self-confidence. PowderQuest provides all transportation, room and board, ski or snowboarding lessons, and leadership training, at SugarBowl Lake Tahoe to all current and past Mountain Circle foster teens. A small investment in these teens provides a trip they’ll never forget! And these kids deserve it.

For foster youth who are facing unparalleled challenges and disadvantages, the PowderQuest Program provides a lifeline to a healthy form of play and entertainment while deepening their connection with their adult mentor. This year, we welcomed 25 youth, half of whom had done the trip with us the year before. Several of these mentors are now grown up, with their own children, and therefore in a unique position to provide guidance and support. Please watch the video above to learn the impact of the PowderQuest Program.

Each trip costs over $11,000, not including staff time, and our goal is to offer at least two trips per year. Additional funds raised by Running with the Bears support other Mountain Circle program's- including ensuring that foster children have new school clothes, Christmas gifts, access to children's counseling, the provision of additional medical costs, and the training of foster parents.

  • $20 Provides a gift certificate to a foster family in order to take their children to ice cream or the movies
  • $40 Helps a foster parent pay for a Saturday of family fun- museums, mini-golf, and other activities to help children feel 'normal'
  • $50 Pays the fees for a child to participate in extracurricular activities (cleats, uniforms, registration fees)
  • $100 A new car seat for a foster family caring for a baby
  • $400 Gifts a graduating foster teen with a laptop for their continuing education
  • $600 Provides an older youth with an outdoor leadership adventure weekend through the PowderQuest Program.

In 2013, Mountain Circle welcomed 62 Running with the Bears Charity Runners who raised over $22,000 from 500 donors. This year, we hope to raise $100,000, come join the team!!

Team Captain

Josie Litchfield Josie Litchfield

Raising money for MC's PowderQuest Program: Outdoor leadership adventures for foster care teens!



  1. Jennifer AdamsJennifer... 06/04/2014 at 03:00 PM ET
    My name is Jennifer and I work for Mountain Circle in the Reno office. It's an amazing group of people I am privileged to work with. One of the perks of my job is working directly with Josie and our charity runners!!! I'll be getting to know each of you individually. We offer our charity runners VIP treatment - just one of the ways we want to thank you for all your hard work!!
  2. Josie LitchfieldJosie... 05/22/2014 at 01:25 PM ET
    This just in!! ALL Charity Runners who make it to race day will receive a custom bracelet from www.finishedwhatsnext.com It’s just their way of thanking you for all your fundraising efforts!
  3. Josie LitchfieldJosie... 05/16/2014 at 02:39 PM ET
    Today is May 16th which marks three months until race day! I hope you can check out the photo I just added http://www.razoo.com/story/Mountain-Circle Yesterday I was at a staff meeting with one of our foster parents, and she passed around a note she’d received from her foster teen. The mom said, “Cassie has lived with me since she was 12. She’s 17 now. Raising a teenager is hard, and I never thought I’d be 70-years old and raising someone else’s! I got this note from her on Mother’s Day. Making a difference to Cassie is the only reward I need, and this note means my job has been well done. Now how can I ever quit? Tell those Charity Runners THANK YOU for helping to make this possible.” During Running with the Bears, you will meet Cassie, and her foster parent mom, as they cheer you across the finish line~ A couple other race related notes: 1.) We have a lot of locals offering up their guest rooms. If you’d like an affordable bed that’s close to the start line, consider a homestay! Just email me your preferences and I’ll connect you. 2.) If you’re bringing your kiddos for the weekend we are working with a local daycare to provide early morning babysitting, just email me, your race director at jlitchfield@mountaincircle.org 3.) Congratulations to the six Charity Runners who have just passed their $400 goal! This weekend, consider sending Cassie’s note to your own supporters so that they can know what you’re raising money for. Thank you for all your hard work- let’s get you registered for the race!! Have a wonderful weekend! Any questions or concerns I’m just a phone call away. Josie (530) 284 7007.
  4. Josie LitchfieldJosie... 05/09/2014 at 12:50 PM ET
    Last year, we had several Charity Runners reach their fundraising goal from anonymous online donations. All you need to do is to update your Razoo page with a photo and a couple sentences about why you want to Run with the Bears. This weekend we are sending out a mass email to all of our registered runners to consider donating to your pages- so tell them a little more about yourself! Why do you want to participate in this race? Do you know someone who was in foster care? Or maybe you just want to do an event where you can bring your pup? Whatever it is. This next week, check back on face book to see your spotlight. Here is a direct link to everyone else’s pages: http://www.razoo.com/team/Runningwiththebears And about where your donations go: http://www.razoo.com/story/Mountain-Circle Thank you! Happy Mother’s Day, and have a wonderful weekend~ Josie
  5. Josie LitchfieldJosie... 05/07/2014 at 05:28 PM ET
    Hi Charity Runner! This Sunday is Mother’s Day- a complicated day for children in foster care. I have two small children myself and I’m pretty sure I’ll wake up to a card or pancakes from my own little guys- but foster parents don’t usually get the special mom treatment. Here at Mountain Circle, we send all of our foster parents Mother Day cards to remind them how valuable they are. Ironically, it is sometimes the folks who do the most important work that are never thanked for it. This Sunday, how about asking your friends to make a donation to your fundraising page in honor of their own mothers? I don’t know about you, but my mom seems to already have everything she needs, “No more chocolate!” she always says. In your hunt for the perfect gift, consider a contribution to a foster mom who is doing one of the toughest jobs there is. ‘Tell Me More’ asked listeners to share their stories of being, or having, a foster mother. Here are some highlights: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/06/310090769/mothers-day-complicated-for-foster-families If you have a few minutes, take a listen~ Thanks for all your hard work, can’t believe we’re over $6,000 already! Every dollar you raise makes a difference. Happy training and we’ll see you in August! Josie, Race Director

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