For the third consecutive year, the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program awarded West End House with bibs for the Boston Marathon. The generous support of John Hancock this year will allow us to select 4 runners for our “Dawnn for Peace” marathon team, founded in memory of West End House alumna Dawnn Jaffier. Our Marathon Team plays a vital role in funding programs that support West End House youth. Learn more about Dawnn’s life and legacy here.
We are seeking passionate individuals to represent our team and our mission. Each runner must commit to raise a minimum of $12,500 for West End House, with preference given to applicants who commit to higher fundraising goals, as it directly impacts our chances of being selected in subsequent years. This year’s Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 16, 2018.
Learn more about the 2017 runners on Team Dawnn for Peace below.
Meet 2017 Team Dawnn for Peace
LUIS SANTIAGOis Commander of the 78th US Army Band and the Assistant Director of Global Initiatives of Berklee College of Music. His wife, Nadine Martinez, is the Director of Visual & Performing Arts at West End House. Luis has dedicated his life to two things: empowering youth through music and serving his country. Luis says, “Running the Boston Marathon for West End House perfectly unites my two passions.”
BRINDEY MARINE has been volunteering at West End House for six years through our Reading and Homework Buddies programs. A Massachusetts native, Brindey discovered West End House through the Junior League of Boston. She is running the 2017 Boston Marathon in honor of her sons and the girls she has mentored and watched grow into young women at West End House: leena, Neila, and Breanna.
JOHN HUMPHREYS runs in memory of his father, Gary. “My dad was and continues to be a important influence in my life. He passed away in October 2016 and I am reminded of him each and every day. He always encouraged me to get out there and challenge myself. When the email seeking marathon runners for West End House hit my inbox, I knew immediately it was my dad sending me another challenge.”