Friday, February 27, 2009

Share your good memories with us!



We always love to hear peoples' Central Park Challenge stories. Some really amazing things have happened there, like people meeting their future spouses or getting engaged. But we love hearing the smaller stories, too. Things like having your picture taken with Dave Eigenberg or how inspired you were by the people cheering you on as you ran the 5K. One of our favorite memories of last year's Central Park Challenge was this amazingly spirited team! Look how they made their own t-shirts! We've also heard great stories that have come out of Central Park Challenge fundraising events. If you have a story to share with the blogosphere, go ahead and shoot us an email at cpc@yai.org. Be sure to include your full name and contact info.



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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Raffle Prizes, Anyone?

One of the highlights of the Central Park Challenge is our much-anticipated raffle drawing. Throughout the year YAI staff and participants sell raffle tickets featuring exciting prizes and the Monday after the event we draw the winners. The raffle plays a big role in helping us to reach our $1.4 million goal, so we love how excited people get about the prizes as the big day nears.

We are in the process now of securing our fabulous prizes and we want to make sure that this year is the most exciting raffle yet. Do you or someone you know have the ability to donate an exciting raffle prize? If you do, be sure to contact Karen Bardavid at karen.bardavid@yai.org.


If you're interested in the Central Park Challenge, please visit the official Website for more information. Thank you for reading our blog.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Check Us Out on Facebook

If you are one of the 150 million people on Facebook, think about joining the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network's fan page. You'll get updates on the Central Park Challenge and other cool initiatives at YAI, all while showing your support for people with disabilities. If you haven't joined Facebook yet, consider joining now. It's really easy and a great way to share the causes that you believe in with family, friends and colleagues. We have big things planned for Facebook this year, so stay tuned...


If you're interested in the Central Park Challenge, please visit the official Website for more information. Thank you for reading our blog.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fun and Easy Fundraising Idea

Our awesome staff here at the YAI/NIPD Network have had great fundraising success through a gift wrapping program offered by Barnes & Noble. It's been so successful that we thought we'd pass it around to all of our supporters in the blogosphere.

Around holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.), Barnes & Noble allows charities to set up a table and wrap gifts for customers in exchange for donations. Barnes & Noble supplies the wrapping paper and YAI/NIPD Network staff and people with disabilities from our programs wrap the gifts, accept donations and educate customers about the wonderful work that is done at YAI. We love this program because it is available at no cost to us and 100% of the donations raised go toward the Central Park Challenge. It's also a great community activity for the people we serve and our staff to do together. As Mother's Day approaches, Central Park Challenge teams can participate in a Barnes & Noble gift wrapping event to raise extra funds. Contact the manager at your local Barnes & Noble to set up your own B&N fundraiser.

Thanks Barnes & Noble and happy wrapping!



If you're interested in the Central Park Challenge, please visit the official Website for more information. Thank you for reading our blog.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2009 Central Park Challenge Web Site Goes Live!



It's an exciting week here at the YAI/NIPD Network. The official 2009 Central Park Challenge Web site went live on Monday and we feel confident that it's our best yet. Woohoo! Take a look around, see about setting up your team and personal pages and let us know what you think. And don't forget to Meet Siobhan, the adorable little girl who is representing this year's Central Park Challenge.


If you're interested in the Central Park Challenge, please visit our official Website for more information. Thank you for reading our blog.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Looking Forward to Spring



It's been a frigid last few weeks in New York City. With 30 mph winds and temperatures in the teens, it seems like spring will never come. Here's a little taste of sunshine to tide you over till things warm up...



If you're interested in the Central Park Challenge, please visit our Official Website for more information. Thank you for reading our blog.

Our Buddy David Eigenberg

OK, we know that celebrity name dropping is so 1995, but we at the YAI/NIPD Network can't get enough of Dave Eigenberg. Not only does he fly out from LA to go to the Central Park Challenge, he also plays basketball with the guys in one of our recreation groups when he's in town. As you can see from this video, he could sure use some work. But at least we know his heart is in the right place...



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Unexpected Central Park Challenge Gift

We always love hearing stories from the amazing staff here at the YAI/NIPD Network. We think they must be the most positive and dedicated group of people in the world, and they are also really creative fundraisers for the Central Park Challenge--probably because they know better than anybody how necessary these funds are for the guys with disabilities who they work with.

Recently, a staffer named Panya Jones in our Belvidere Residence, asked her aunt, Terri, to support this year’s Central Park Challenge. She was pleasantly surprised when her aunt contributed $750, even in this rough economy. Why did Panya reach out to her aunt? Because she understands the importance of the CPC both as a fundraiser and as a community event.

“To see the guys experience New York City and see the joy on their faces when they’re in Central Park is amazing,” said Panya.

Way to go Panya and Aunt Terri! We know there are literally thousands of more stories like this one. Let us know, YAI staff!

If you're interested in the Central Park Challenge, please visit our Official Website for more information. Thank you for reading our blog.