Last night, NETA Cares volunteers were honored and excited to be the Champion-level Sponsor for Team Brookline as everyone celebrated their success and progress at a Marathon Monday send-off pasta dinner party. Hosted by the Brookline Teen Center, runners, families, friends, volunteers, sponsors and beneficiaries all gathered to wish the runners a safe and successful journey on Monday. Team Brookline is comprised of 33 runners, many of whom have never run more than 6 miles in their time. Monday will put them on a grand stage with elite runners, veteran runners, wheelchair participants, etc. – something that no other sport does. And once they cross that finish line, they will be Boston Marathon FINISHERS. This is a goal that many have on their bucket list, and NETA Cares is thrilled to witness this tremendous accomplishment.

This year certainly was an historic year for the team. Formed in 2013, the team has raised over 1.1 million dollars. This year alone, the team raised over $200,000, with many individuals raising over $7,500 each. Additionally, this is Team Brookline’s biggest team to date – as mentioned, 33 runners total. Finally, they’ve added another Brookline beneficiary, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra. All of the money raised will directly impact the Brookline Library Foundation, the Brookline Teen Center, the Brookline Education Foundation, the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and of course now, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra.

Mikayla, Operations Specialist and NETA Cares volunteer, comments, “You couldn’t sit in that room and not be inspired. After hearing all of the hard work that these individuals put in during their training days, I am so happy and honored to be a part of their team in some capacity. Brookline is proud to receive a handful of highly coveted Boston Marathon bib numbers, and you can see that they truly make each one count.”

You can catch our NETA Cares team at the Capital One Café in Coolidge Corner come Marathon Monday morning. We’ll be joining the Team Brookline volunteers, dawning lime green shirts – you can’t miss us! We wish the runners the best of luck – you all have worked so hard and deserve to soak in every minute on Monday. We cannot wait to see you cross the finish line.

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