Hiking For Nonprofits …

Thank you from the bottom of our feet … to the top of our baseball caps!

My daughter Alexa, very recent grad of “The U”, wants to dedicate herself to work with nonprofit organizations … that is AFTER her epic adventure on the AT. In an effort to make a difference and since we were going to hike the AT regardless, she came up with the Hiking For Nonprofits (Instagram: @HikingForNonprofits) concept where hikers secure pledges from FOR profit companies with 100% of the funds being remitted to pre-selected Nonprofit organizations.

How We did it … to support the Nonprofit organizations


For all you hikers out there, take note, for profit companies can partner with you to raise money for nonprofit organizations. We live in the capital of Maryland, Annapolis, which is a fantastic community. It is located on the Chesapeake Bay and is a travel destination for many. It is home to The Naval Academy, the longest continuously serving capitol in the country, considers itself our nation’s sailing capital and home to a vibrant artist community. That said, raising funds here is a challenge because there is not a depth of corporate headquarter representation.


    Annapolis Subaru Rocks …

the Chesapeake Bay! 

Our strategy: using personal contacts, we approached, with knees knocking, Annapolis Subaru with a “half baked idea”: For profit companies supporting nonprofit organizations. Annapolis Subaru has an amazing track record of community support. They support the arts, animal shelters and medically driven fund raisers and most importantly they are an amazing “family” with strong ties to the fabric of Annapolis! We were so grateful (read jumped around cheering and high fiving!) when we received the email that they would sponsor our hike with 100% of their pledge to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). CBF is a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to advocate for the bay through their education, litigation, and restoration efforts. Being an AT hiker, are you aware that 5 of the states you will hike through directly affect the Chesapeake Bay: NY, PA, MD, WVA and VA? So, as you journey and take in the AT experience, know that the ground you traverse is part of that fragile watershed. Of note, Annapolis Subaru is a long standing supporter of the CBF and for them to add this to their commitment is so very generous. Mahalo to our friends at Annapolis Subaru!

Belair Produce … Pumps Spinach Power into Heroes and Inspires the Artistic Palette …

If Annapolis Subaru rocks our Bay, Belair Produce provides the “beautiful and healthy stuff” that goes into the preparation of the most delicious of menus for miles around: DC, Baltimore and of course Annapolis and all points that radiate outward from South Philly to Richmond. Their trucks are ubiquitous: notice one of their trucks and all of a sudden you will realize that you see them everywhere. They are also very prominent in the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). They came on board this concept enthusiastically and wanted to pledge funds to the Heroes of Tomorrow (HoT) and the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA).

 HEROSOFTOMORROWHeroes of Tomorrow are HoT, HoT, HoT!

Belair Produce is pledging for Heroes of Tomorrow which is a nonprofit that trains and conditions potential candidates for service in the military, police force and emergency services … HOOORAH. They do an amazing job running the hopefuls through challenges that would make us weep. I am thinking of inviting a group to meet us on the trail in northern PA and see how they like them ROCKS!

Making Art a pART of your Life … 

Belair Produce is also sponsoring The Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) which is Annapolis’ longest running nonprofit art gallery (18 State Circle). Their mission is to bring established and emerging artists to the community via nationally and locally juried and non juried shows at the gallery and satellite locations and online exhibitions. If you want to see what is new and coming up in art, visit them and their website!

When We Hit the AT …

… STOP us and say hello and chat us up with fundraising ideas and feedback and, if you can, think of how you might be able to make a difference in the future of a nonprofit and help raise awareness! We begin our SOBO adventure hiking Katahdin on June 8th.

Visit Annapolis Subaruwww.annapolissubaru.com/ for CBFwww.cbf.org/

Visit Belair Producewww.belairproduce.com/ for HoTwww.heroesoftomorrow.org/ and MFAmdfedart.com/

Visit us on:

Alexa’s Instagram: @HikingForNonprofits

Kate’s Instagram: @Just_Skedaddle

Kate’s Website: www.KateStillwellPhotography.com

Kate’s Private Travel Blog: www.JustSkedaddle.wordpress.com/

Kate’s Twitter: @viewsnap

Kate’s FB: Kate Stillwell

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