MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Scott Center for Autism Treatment at Florida Institute of Technology has partnered with Crowdrise to raise money for autism in conjunction with the State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend on Feb. 4-5, 2012. Crowdrise, a fundraising and volunteering website where individuals can create personalized pages for specific causes, uses the effectiveness of social networking to spread the word.
“The Scott Center for Autism Treatment is excited to have teamed up with Crowdrise and the Melbourne Marathon,” said Colleen Middlebrooks, outreach coordinator, The Scott Center. “This is an exciting method of fundraising though social media that we are hoping the entire running community embraces.”
Runners and supporters can donate at http://www.crowdrise.com/MelbourneMusicMarathon or create their own Crowdrise profile and fundraising page as an individual, an existing team or a new team to raise money. All funds raised will benefit The Scott Center. The Melbourne Marathon will also provide incentives to donate. Currently, donors who give exactly $29 on Crowdrise by Jan. 15, 2012, are entered for a chance to win an iPad2.
Crowdrise was created by actor and activist Edward Norton, producer Sauna Robertson and online retailer Moosejaw founders Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe. In 2009, Crowdrise started as a unique fundraising campaign to raise money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust during the New York City Marathon. The campaign raised $1.2 million in less than eight weeks. Today, Crowdrise facilitates millions of fundraisers in over a million different charities.
For more information, contact Middlebrooks at (321) 674-8106, ext. 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Scott Center for Autism Treatment
The Scott Center at Florida Tech is dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment, training and applied research to enhance the functioning and improve the quality of life of children with autism and related disabilities in Central Florida. Visit http://www.thescottcenter.org/ for more information.
About the State Farm Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend
Going into its fourth year, the Melbourne Music Marathon Weekend is East Central Florida’s premiere distance event. Taking place February 4 & 5 are the Florida Today 5K & 8K and Ronald McDonald Kids Run on Saturday and State Farm Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, Full Marathon and Top End/PVA EuroAmerican Handcycling Championships on Sunday, as well as the Health & Fitness Expo beginning on February 3rd. The event will also feature at least 20 musical acts along the route with a post-race concert and party. The half and full marathon are the USATF Florida state championship races, and the ½ marathon is the USATF National Championship Masters Half-Marathon. www.themelbournemarathon.com