Run for Married Student Housing Crosses Finish Line and Continues to Gain Ground
Run for Married Student Housing Crosses Finish Line and Continues to Gain Ground

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 St. Tikhon’s Alumnus Fr. Joseph McCartney (STOTS 2010) finished his 13.1 mile “Run for Married Student Housing,” successfully raising $16,639 to go towards the initial phase of the renovations necessary to begin construction. Fr. Joseph went forward with the race despite a number of obstacles including the cancellation of the originally planned venue, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon, and also a terrible leg cramp that dramatically impeded the swiftness of his progress beginning around mile marker 9.

Nevertheless Fr. Joseph persevered, cheered on by family, friends, and loyal supporters of both his efforts and also of the St. Tikhon’s Married Student Housing Program. The donation page for the Run for Married Student Housing will be left active for another few days for those interested in making any last minute donations. In the words of Fr. Joseph, “If you were waiting to donate until you found out if I died en route, then now is your opportunity! Thanks everyone.”

As announced earlier this effort was made all the more remarkable when Board of Trustee member and graduate of the diaconate program Dn. Mark and his wife Mat. Christine Hoeplinger agreed to match all donations raised on behalf of the “Run for Married Student Housing.” That story can be viewed here.

That would bring the grand total to $33, 278 for the total project thus far. Hurry - because there is still time to have your donation count double. Please join with Fr. Joseph and Dn. Mark in helping to ensure a place for the future priests, leaders, and teachers of the Orthodox Church in this country.

On behalf of everyone in the St. Tikhon’s Community we would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Fr. Joseph for all his preparation and training leading up to the event, for all of his efforts in helping to promote the project, and most importantly for doing all of the literal “leg work” necessary to make this one of the most fruitful Married Student Housing fundraising projects to date.

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