Denis Torlic

Each November, runners from across the world line up in Staten Island to race through the five boroughs in the annual TCS New York City Marathon. The 2019 marathon on Sunday, November 3 is not only an opportunity for athletes to compete in the world-renowned 26.2-mile race, but also a special opportunity for nearly 400 charity partners to fundraise through the support of running teams.

For the third year in a row, The Foundling is an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon with a team of five official runners! By helping our team in their efforts, you’ll also be helping the 30,000 children, youth, individuals, and families who rely on The Foundling’s programs and services each day. A donation to any of our runners’ campaigns will help support our team as they gear up for the big race.

Meet our runners and learn more about what motivates them to run for The Foundling!


Laurene Coral

Laurène Coral

From her home in Eastern France, Laurène didn’t imagine that she would be running the NYC Marathon anytime soon. When her friend Claire told her there was an open slot on Team Foundling, she leapt at the opportunity to support us! Here are some words from Laurène herself:

Hi all! My name is Laurène and I’m a young French woman. I am inspired by the strength of children and families in the foster care system and I’m happy to spread awareness for everything that The Foundling does.

Every January 1st, I wrote my list of resolutions. Every day gives us the opportunity to be better and do something different, but the new year is special in that it feels like a clear turn of the page. Running a marathon has always been part of the list but I never thought that 2019 would be THE year. A couple of weeks separates us from the TCS New York Marathon now and I am both nervous about being able to complete it and proud to run for The New York Foundling. This is my first marathon but this is also my first real fundraising experience and it makes the training so much more meaningful. Running has helped me a lot and helping others is a great way to give back!


Claire Tetart

Claire has been a close friend of The Foundling since joining the development team of our supporters French-American Aid for Children. This will be Claire’s first marathon, and she’s excited to be joined by her dear friend from home, Laurène.


Ryan Dougherty

Ryan Dougherty

For several years, Ryan has witnessed The Foundling’s work from the periphery through the eyes of his girlfriend Kelly, a member of our Junior Board. As a 2019 marathon runner, he now officially joins our Foundling family.


Kate Wheelock and Holt Baker

A member of our Junior Board since 2017, Kate and her fiancée Holt have generously dedicated their time to The New York Foundling in between their busy legal careers. For Kate and Holt, being part of Team Foundling is an opportunity to become closer to The Foundling community.

Several New York-area social justice nonprofits received generous donations from The New York Jets in December 2018, including The New York Foundling for its Mott Haven Academy charter school in the south Bronx. READ MORE

The New York Jets announced today that players, coaches, and ownership are committing a total of $800,000 to The New York Foundling and four other non-profit social justice organizations that aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity.  As part of that total, New York Jets players and coaches have committed $200,000, which the organization will match, in addition to a $250,000 donation from New York Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson. Additional funds were donated by the New York Jets Foundation and the NFL Foundation’s Player Matching Grant. 

 

The New York Foundling, alongside The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, JustLeadershipUSA, Breakthrough New York and The Legal Aid Society’s Decarceration Project will receive $160,000 grants to support programs focused on education, community/police relations, criminal justice reform, or other initiatives including reducing poverty, racial equality and workforce development.  For The Foundling, funds will go to support its Mott Haven Academy, a first of its kind charter school based in the Bronx with two-thirds of its student body consisting of children actively in the child welfare system.  A select group of kids from the school received an early peek at the team’s generosity and commitment to community earlier this week when 13 players –led by linebacker Brandon Copeland, and including Avery Williamson, Dieugot Joseph, Jordan Leggett, Isaiah Crowell, Jonotthan Harrison – treated 20 Mott Haven students to a pizza dinner followed by a Target shopping spree to spread some holiday cheer just in time for Christmas (click here to view photos).

 

“We are very excited that as part of their commitment to education, the New York Jets organization has chosen The Foundling and Mott Haven Academy for this grant,” said Bill Baccaglini, President & CEO of The Foundling.  “Because of the challenges they’ve faced, the educational journeys of these young scholars are not often linear.  This support will help us continue the necessary work of helping them to advance and be successful in their educational paths.” 

 

“I am extremely proud of our team for their commitment to empowering our communities through their donations and participation in outreach programs,” said New York Jets Chairman & CEO Christopher Johnson. “While it was a collective effort within the organization to make this donation possible, the players desire to make a difference fueled this endeavor. We are excited to help position these five organizations to continue their work in our communities.”

 

“Inadequate access to resources for education, poverty reduction, or racial equality has effected every member of our locker room,” said Kelvin Beachum. “From the communities we came from, to the one we now call home – it is abundantly clear that these organizations are not only needed but are causing direct change in the fight against social inequality.”

 

To view a video about the New York Jets Social Justice program, please click here.

 

The New York Foundling was awarded $1.545 million by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support its Road to Success tutoring program for youth in foster care. READ MORE

Players, coaches and owners of the New York Jets have committed to donate $800,000 to five non-profit social justice organizations that “aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity,” the team announced Thursday. Players and coaches combined for $200,000 of the commitment, which was matched by the Jets organization. READ MORE

Players, coaches and owners of the New York Jets have committed to donate $800,000 to five non-profit social justice organizations that “aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity,” the team announced Thursday. Players and coaches combined for $200,000 of the commitment, which was matched by the Jets organization. READ MORE

“New York Jets Linebacker Brandon Copeland gathered up some of his teammates to surprise 20 kids from the The Foundling’s Mott Haven Academy in the South Bronx and 20 high school students from Newark with a pizza party.” WATCH HERE

Each year, the TCS New York City Marathon inspires more than 50,000 people from across the world to pursue their goals on the course — and to run in support of local charities that help others reach their fullest potential.

 

As an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, The Foundling has a dedicated team of runners ready to take on the 26.2-mile route on Sunday, November 4 in support of the 30,000 children, youth, adults, and families we empower each year through evidence-based programs that create opportunity for all.

 

We hope you’ll come out to support #TeamFoundling on race day! Here are a few ways to cheer us on this Sunday.

 

Know The Route

 

Runners will start in Staten Island, taking off in waves beginning at 9:50 a.m. They’ll be winding through all five boroughs from there (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and then the Bronx), until they reach the finish line back in Manhattan at Central Park. You can find the full course map online here.

 
Attend The Race

 

Cheer on the team! Head to the race route to cheer on Team Foundling as they come through your borough. We’re encouraging supporters to gather at these approximate cheer spots:

    • Manhattan: SW Corner of West 59th Street and Grand Army Plaza
    • Brooklyn: Corner of Sackett and 4th Avenue
    • Queens: Corner of 21st Street and 44th Road
    • Bronx: Corner of Alexander Avenue and East 138th Street

 

​​Show the love. Don’t forget to wear Foundling red, post on social media with #TeamFoundling, or make signs for our runners.

 

Track our runners. Follow Team Foundling’s progress in real time online or by downloading the mobile App. Track by their names or bib numbers:

    • Elvira Galarza, #51717
    • Josh Grill, #22437
    • Rebecca Pappas, #43062
    • Nathaniel Rivera, #28008
    • Denis Torlic, #72523
    • Darwin Vazquez, #16249
    • Tate Wilkinson, #51210

 

Watch online or on TV. The race will be broadcast in various places, both on TV and online. Click here to find out how to tune in.

 

Thank you to all who donated to our runners’ CrowdRise fundraisers ahead of the race. We have already raised more than $10,000! We appreciate your generosity, and for believing in our vision of a community where every person, regardless of background or circumstance, enjoys the safe, stable, and supportive relationships needed to reach his or her full potential.

 

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Team Foundling is preparing for the 26.2-mile TCS New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018. As an Official Charity Partner, The New York Foundling has a team of dedicated runners ready to run through all five of the city’s boroughs in support of the 30,000 children, youth, families, and adults The Foundling reaches each year through its work in child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, and education programs.

 

This will be Josh’s first New York City marathon. Though he ran cross country in middle and high school, he recently started running as an adult and enjoys the meditative feeling of running long distances. He believes everyone should have an opportunity to succeed in life, which is one of the reasons he is running the marathon in support of The Foundling, its work, and its mission.

 

What motivated you to run for The New York Foundling’s team in the TCS Marathon?

The opportunity to support a good cause when running my first marathon. I live down the street from The Foundling location in Chelsea and have always been interested in the work they do.

 

What makes you passionate about The New York Foundling’s cause?

The work The Foundling does provides a direct and immediate benefit to people in need in my community.

 

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s race?

Completing my first marathon and setting a benchmark for me to improve from.

 

Why would you encourage others to support you in this race?

The contributions go to an effective and trustworthy charity!

 

Please consider donating to Josh’s campaign ahead of the marathon in November! Click here to make your gift and cheer on Team Foundling.

 

The New York Foundling is an official charity partner with the TCS New York City Marathon. Meet the rest of our team below:

Each November, runners from across the world line up in Staten Island to race through all five of New York City’s boroughs in the annual TCS New York City Marathon.

 

The 2018 marathon, happening on November 4, is not only an opportunity for athletes to compete in a world-renowned 26.2-mile race, but also a special opportunity for nearly 400 charity partners to drum up support for their causes.

 

For the second year, The Foundling is an Official Charity Partner, meaning we have a team of official runners who are representing and fundraising for The Foundling in the 2018 race! By helping our team in their efforts, you’ll create significant change for the 30,000 children, youth, individuals, and families who rely on The Foundling’s programs and services each day. A donation to any of our runners’ campaigns will help support the team’s overall fundraising goal.

 

We hope you will take a moment meet our runners and learn more about what motivates them to run for the people impacted by The Foundling.

If you have already signed up to run the TCS NYC Marathon and want to raise funds for The New York Foundling, there’s still time! Please contact Elena Walker to learn how. We appreciate any and all support!

 

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