Message from Mélida Arredondo, Executive Director regarding Cancellation of 2020 Boston Marathon & Impact on the Arredondo Family Foundation:
To begin with to the 2020 Marathon Team,
THANK YOU, MUCHAS GRACIAS, MERCI!!!
As a longtime resident of the City of Boston, I understand the decision to cancel the Marathon. I want neighbors, family members & friends to stay healthy as COVID-19 continues to impact us all.
As executive director of the Arredondo Family Foundation, Inc., I realize that the cancellation of the 2020 Boston Marathon has created a financial dilemma; the Foundation runs on an income hovering around $100,000 per year. During 2020, the income goal for the Boston Marathon was $68,000 ($8500 for each of the eight runners). A total of $33,966 was earned by the runners prior to COVID19 shutting down fundraising. Therefore, only a total of 49% of the funds were earned. This leaves the Arredondo Family Foundation with a shortfall of $34034.00 for 2020.
Programs that the Foundation provides include suicide prevention & mental health awareness trainings to Veterans & soon Spanish-speakers, food assistance to Veterans & Families of the Fallen, scholarships to military siblings & children and case management.
I’m requesting for a minimum donation of $25 to be made to the Arredondo Family Foundation by mail to 11 Seymour Street, Roslindale, MA 02131 or through the PayPal link located below.
The Massachusetts suicide rates for Veterans is high and Latinos have doubled in recent years.
Your assistance helps us in combatting suicide in Massachusetts.