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A Year Like No Other…

Dear Friends,

It was on January 1 of 2013 that we laid our beautiful daughter Cara to rest. Our lives have been changed forever. It has truly been a year like no other we have ever experienced. A year of sadness, challenges, tears, memories, perspective, smiles, incredible kindness and beautiful initiatives to honor Cara’s memory and wishes.

We are sending a year-end update to keep you informed of our progress, as a family and as a group that share a love, connection, and was touched in some way by Cara….

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Earlier this week, we at Karma for Cara received our official letter of designation as a 501(c)(3) public charity from the IRS.  All contributions are fully tax deductible.

This is a big milestone for K4C, especially as it can take up to two years to receive this designation, and we got our letter after just 10 months. It feels great to be official.

As always, thank you all for your continued support. We’ve made sure to add the letter to the K4C website….

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Last Saturday we had the Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness 12 hour Spin-a-Thon for Karma for Cara. We had 30-40 people participate every hour for the entire day! The event was very successful, contributing all rider fees to the foundation. Many riders also made contributions and we even had some people who couldn’t get a slot to ride come by just to donate!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support us, a big thanks to Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness ClubLema J for donating a portion of their proceeds to K4C and the wonderful sponsors!…

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At K4C we educate and promote the importance and the necessity to give back in your local community as there is a great need and many accessible opportunities to volunteer. However, we must not forget about global service and the benefits that accompany traveling to a foreign country, operating outside of your comfort zone and helping others in need. Chryss Cada from ChicoER.com recently wrote an article about teenagers spending a few weeks out of their summer to travel to a foreign country and volunteer, “[The students] are challenged in ways they haven’t been before….

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Thank you Matchpoint Magazine for featuring Karma for Cara and our fundraising events in Woodholme’s Tennis Pro-Am Event and Baltimore’s 5th Southside Tournament! We appreciate the support and the ability to spread awareness of K4C!

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On August 17th, Sara Lessans and her Mom, Margot spent their Saturday afternoon raising awareness and money for the Karma for Cara foundation outside of Stone Mill Bakery. Through the sales of donation cards and our K4C athletic apparel Sara and Margot raised $825.00! This is something Cara used to do as well, as she would set up a table at Greenspring Station or Festival at Woodholme. The Becker family and K4C thank both of you for volunteering your time to promote our cause!…

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Check out the Becker Family in the news! Eric and Jill Becker created Launch Chapel Hill, a “‘venture lab,’ [that is] a combination of a business accelerator and co-working space for budding entrepreneurs”. Launch is catered to students at the University of North Carolina where their son Greg recently graduated, and where Jake will be heading this Friday! Launch provides students with resources such as guest speakers and workshops to help develop their business venture, connecting and networking with businesses, and mentorship of local business leaders….

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Grant Cohen, a sophomore at the University of Maryland and Jack Miller, a junior at McDonogh School, created their own jobs this summer by starting “MC Windows”, a home window washing service for residents in the Baltimore area.  Grant and Jack have utilized their sales savvy and literally knocked on doors to build their business. These two young men had the idea to open a window washing business from Jack’s dad, Ira Miller, who had a summer job of washing windows when he was growing up….

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Arianna Huffington of the The Huffington Post published an article about Points of Light, an organization which was founded 23 years ago with a mission of promoting and recognizing Americans to join together to volunteer. The article cites how volunteering has remained the backbone of American history and present day culture that instills the desire to organize Americans as one to face adversity.The name Points of Light is derived from a report given by President Bush, on January 8, 1993, who described people “who gave their time and energy to their fellow Americans as “a thousand points of light”….

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Congratulations to James Piper Bond who is the president and CEO of the Living Classrooms Foundation for winning the Social Entrepreneur award by Ernst & Young! Living Classrooms has a variety of programs to provide a hands-on approach to education and job training. Last year Cara was involved in the fundraising department of Living Classrooms. She would be proud of Living Classrooms for receiving this honor.

To read the full article:
http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2013/06/26/ernst-young-entrepreneur-of-the-year.html

For more information on the Living Classrooms Foundation visit their website: https://livingclassrooms.org/

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