We're Running the Marathon!

Project Renewal is proud to be an Official Charity Partner of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon. Congratulations to our 2015 TCS marathon runners: Mark Baechle, John Conry, Charmaine Landicho, Jennifer Murray, Jillian Petrone, and Sarah Seeberger!

Meet the Team:

Mark Baechle is the husband of a Project Renewal employee and has volunteered in the Project Renewal kitchens numerous times. “I think Project Renewal is an amazing organization that enables people and gives them the opportunity to take their lives into their hands. I hope I can help raise awareness for it and support its cause.” The Switzerland native has been living in New York for 14 years and has always considered the marathon one of the city’s greatest events. This will be his first time running it. 

John Conry has been a consultant pharmacist for Project Renewal’s medical department for 13 years. He is a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at St. John’s University in Queens. This will be his third time running the New York City Marathon. “The fact that I am running to fundraise for and bring attention to Project Renewal is making this marathon that much sweeter. Project Renewal is an organization that truly lives its mission.”

Charmaine Landicho has been working at Project Renewal for three years and was a volunteer for one year prior to her employment. She ran her first New York City Marathon last year as a personal challenge. “When I came to New York as an immigrant, I was given a chance to create a life I chose. Working at Project Renewal, I’ve come full circle: giving people a second chance regardless of their past is what we do and what I believe in. The more you donate the faster I'll run, that's a promise!”

Jennifer Murray was raised in Baltimore and moved to New York City three years ago. She feels that there is no better experience than running her first marathon. “My passion for this cause will fuel me to the finish line! It will be a personal achievement and unforgettable experience that I will carry forever. It’s the perfect way to pay tribute and thank my new home for consistently building my character.”

Jillian Petrone has been a dedicated volunteer at all Project Renewal special events for the past year. She was introduced to the organization through her sister, Kelsey Petrone, who is a staff member. She has completed one half marathon and has always considered running a hobby. “I am very excited to be running my first marathon and thrilled that the money raised will help those throughout all five boroughs. Project Renewal is an amazing organization that does incredible work in NYC!”

Sarah Seeberger is a runner who had applied to the New York City Marathon for the past four years, but never made the lottery drawing. “I never felt quite right in trying to get in through a charity, unless it was a cause that I could connect to,” she says. She realized a personal connection to Project Renewal’s work when she lost her father to a long battle with alcoholism and homelessness. “I loved my father for being the best that he could be for me as a daughter, and this is why I run for Project Renewal. Project Renewal is a charity that I can stand behind and support.”

Visit the Project Renewal Team Fundraising Page to learn more about the runners and help them reach their fundraising goals.