Friday, February 25, 2011

Did you know that you can raise funds for this year’s Central Park Challenge through facebook?

That’s right, after you register you can begin fundraising immediately and the “fundraise with facebook” application is making it easier than ever!

Getting started is as simple as 1, 2, 3…

1. Register for the Central Park Challenge and log into your Participant Center.
2. In the right hand column, there is a “fundraise with facebook” application logo.
3. Click on the “Start fundraising with facebook today!” link.

What are you waiting for? Download the application right now!

(It’s okay, we’ll wait while you do….)

Great! That was easy, right? Now that you’ve added this application, spread the word to all of your friends and networks about your fundraising efforts. With the application you can:

  • Donate your profile picture by making it the Central Park Challenge logo.
  • Post a status update on your wall that your friends can click on and donate.
  • Share your story with other participants of the Central Park Challenge and read the stories other participants like you have posted about their own connection to the YAI Network.
  • Monitor your fundraising progress for the Central Park Challenge.
Every time you receive a donation, the application will send out an update on your friends’ wall to keep them up to date on your progress and provide them with a quick link to support you with a gift!

Thank you again for your participation in the 2011 Central Park Challenge. We hope you’ll download the application today and take advantage of all its exciting new features to take your fundraising even higher!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and we’ll admit it…… we’re in love!

Little Xi’Xi, who we recently introduced as the face of this year’s YAI and Broadview Network’s Central Park Challenge, has stolen our hearts! And can you blame us? Xi’Xi’s spirit and smile make her easy to love.

We’re not the only ones who are head over heels for this little girl. For Xi’Xi’s parents, Cindy Klaja-McLaughlin and Pat McLaughlin, it was love at first sight. This year, they are thrilled that the apple of their eye is representing the Central Park Challenge! As the happy family gets ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day together, proud mom Cindy shared with us a few words about the little girl who has melted her heart.

"I often describe the moment that I met Norma Xi'an (Xi'Xi) as being struck by ‘Cupid's Bow.’ That is a feeling of falling deeply and unabashedly in love. That is a feeling that only comes around a few times in a lifetime... a pure and unconditional love that cannot be fully described. The uncanny thing about this whole experience was that separately my husband, Pat, was pierced by the same the same the same time... This single event changed the trajectory of all our lives. Here we are, three years later, and it continues to be an amazing ride. The best part is watching Xi'Xi flourish physically, mentally and emotionally. She has a magic that pulls people into her world, and we are lucky and honored to be her parents."

Happy Valentine’s Day to Xi’Xi, the McLaughlins and of course… to all of you! We feel so lucky to have your year-round dedication, support and friendship.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Harnessing the Power of YouTube

Everyone knows that YouTube is the Internet's premier destination for videos of cats eating spaghetti, playing piano and driving taxis.

But did you also know that the YAI Network has a YouTube channel?  On it, we post all kinds of videos about the people we serve, our mission, and of course, the Central Park Challenge.

How does this impact you?  Well, you can post these videos directly on your personal fundraising page for the Central Park Challenge.

By doing so, you'll be sharing with everyone why supporting the YAI Network is so important. These videos highlight individual stories of the people we serve and show the many ways we provide life-changing services to people with developmental disabilities every day.

These videos can help you reach your fundraising goals because they're a wonderful way to help your contacts and potential supporters to feel a meaningful connection with the agency.

Visit your personal page and click "upload a video." Then, just select your favorite from our channel and share some of these wonderful stories today!

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