My Fundraising Page

Marine Corps Marathon 2017
Oct 12, 2017

Dear Friend: I’ve been dreading the day for eleven years that I write you a fundraising letter in memory of my father instead of in honor of him.  As most of you already know, my father, Ed Sponseller, passed away this April after an eleven year battle with a rare, incurable blood cancer called mantle cell lymphoma.

 

As you also likely know, my dad was an avid runner, completing nearly forty marathons and hundreds of other road races.  The 1983 Marine Corps Marathon was his first. 

 

1983 Marine Corps Marathon: Staring into the unknown of his first 26.2 mile race.

 

He inspired many to take up running and fitness in general, especially as he continued his workouts (mostly at the Chambersburg YMCA) during his eleven year fight. When he was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in 2006, the life expectancy was 2-5 years.  My family strongly believes that Ed was able to “Live Strong” (physically and emotionally) for those 11 scary years because of his fitness as well as the advances in treatment and support that are funded by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As a result, he was able to travel the world with my mother and welcome three more grandchildren.  

 

I am again joining forces with Team In Training (TNT), who as a group, trains for endurance races across the world while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  To date, they have raised over $1.4B for LLS!  In addition to continually funding research for cures and new treatments, LLS provides informational and emotional support for patients and their loved ones.  The Society also provides financial support for those with no or limited healthcare insurance. I cannot stress enough the great work and value of both these organizations. 

 

My first fundraising marathon with TNT was The 2006 Maine Marathon – the year my father was diagnosed.  I did Maine again with TNT in 2011 and then The Boston Marathon in 2014, following the tragic 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.  In total, I have raised over $30,000 for LLS thanks to the support of friends like you. 

  

Team Sponseller after the 2006 Maine Marathon. My wife Amy also raised money and ran the Maine Half Marathon. Shortly after a week’s worth of chemotherapy at John Hopkins, Ed was healthy enough to run the last two miles of both our races. 

 

This time I have “teamed up” to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, on October 22nd.  The significance of this marathon isn’t just because it was Ed’s first marathon – it was also my first in 1995 when my brother Todd and I ran the race, along with our dad, as a qualifier for the 100th anniversary of The Boston Marathon in 1996.

Todd, Steve, and Ed Sponseller after the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. Ed was such a positive influence on his boys in many ways over the years. Lucky sons...

 

This TNT experience will surely be my most emotional one.  I want to “blow out” my previous fundraising numbers and am asking you once again for your support. Receiving your donations provides the inspiration for my training, which proves to be ever more challenging with age and parental responsibilities.

 

To pay via credit card, please select the "Donate Now" button on the right of this webpage.  If you prefer to pay via check, you can send a check to my address below, made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  You will receive an electronic receipt either way for tax purposes (please provide your email address if mailing a check).

 

I humbly thank you in advance for your continued support.

 

Stephen Sponseller

53 Gunstock Rd

Scarborough, ME 04074

steve_sponseller@yahoo.com

207-838-3688

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Supporter Comments

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    "💙 EHS 💙 Todd, Laura, Cooper & Emmeline "
     

    Todd & Laura Sponseller

    Sun Aug 13 11:36:06 EDT 2017

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    "You never cease to amaze me, brother! Proud to know you Steve. "
     

    Adam Kennedy

    Sun Aug 13 11:56:00 EDT 2017

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    "Such a great way to honor your Dad!"
     

    Anna Furr

    Sun Aug 13 09:39:54 EDT 2017

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    "What a wonderful way to honor your dad! All the Sperry's are thinking of you! We wish you a great race and many many more. "
     

    The Sperry Family

    Mon Aug 14 10:50:53 EDT 2017

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    "Thinking of you and your Dad."
     

    Ann Rea

    Thu Aug 17 10:44:34 EDT 2017

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    "What a tribute for what you have accomplished and continue to do! Aunt Weesa and Uncle Dave"
     

    Dave and Weesa Etter

    Tue Aug 29 01:53:25 EDT 2017

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    "Keep up the outstanding work with LLS! Your dad was a great guy who is missed by many. Go Team Sponseller!! Kevin and Kellie Stover "
     

    Kevin Stover

    Sat Sep 16 03:19:16 EDT 2017

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    "Best of Luck Steve"
     

    Thomas Frobase

    Sun Sep 17 09:08:58 EDT 2017

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    "It will be a special run in honor of your dad Steve..❤️ The Polisner's "
     

    Polisner Family

    Sun Sep 17 09:40:24 EDT 2017

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    "Good work Steve-O"
     

    Dan Turner

    Sun Sep 17 12:58:31 EDT 2017

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    "Steve, what a great way to honor your Dad!"
     

    Bob Rouleau

    Sun Sep 17 08:00:48 EDT 2017

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    "Go get 'em Steve!"
     

    Jenna Smith

    Tue Sep 19 11:38:23 EDT 2017

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    "GO Steve! "
     

    Ethan Olsen

    Fri Sep 22 12:37:50 EDT 2017

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    "You the Man, SES!"
     

    Dan Hodge

    Sat Sep 23 08:33:41 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Steve!"
     

    Jason Brown

    Mon Sep 25 01:44:14 EDT 2017

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    "Silent auction success!! Great job Steve!"
     

    Sarah Keller

    Tue Oct 17 09:46:14 EDT 2017

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    "Best of luck with your race!"
     

    Derek & Patricia Walker

    Fri Oct 20 10:03:02 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck, Steve and sorry for the delayed response."
     

    vishal prakash

    Sat Oct 21 01:12:59 EDT 2017

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    "Steve Your dad would be/is proud. Way to go. Love the Milbergers "
     

    Kristin and Aaron Milberger

    Sun Oct 22 01:20:01 EDT 2017

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    "Custom sign"
     

    Polisner family

    Wed Oct 25 12:49:46 EDT 2017

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    "Congrats on blowing away an amazing goal! Proud of you! Your dad would be proud!"
     

    The Ferrie Family

    Thu Oct 19 01:16:46 EDT 2017

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    "Great job Steve! Have a great race!"
     

    Zach Elliott

    Tue Oct 03 09:56:11 EDT 2017

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    "Policy time!"
     

    Andy & Dani Mason

    Sat Sep 23 10:53:58 EDT 2017

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    "Good Luck Coach!"
     

    Russell Ford

    Wed Sep 20 09:34:35 EDT 2017

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    "I am sure your dad will be proud of you! Take care and stay strong!"
     

    Steve Lim

    Wed Sep 20 12:20:06 EDT 2017

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    "Best of luck to you, Stephen! I think of your Dad (& my dad) almost every time I go for a jog. Hope you recover from your recent injury and I'll be thinking of you come the end of Oct/marathon-time! -Megan (Shilling) Rappolt"
     

    Megan (Shilling) Rappolt

    Tue Sep 19 02:31:04 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck! Enjoy the beautiful run."
     

    Noah Perlut

    Tue Sep 19 12:32:51 EDT 2017

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    "All the best to you and your family, Steve. Good luck with the race!"
     

    Steven Marchessault

    Tue Sep 19 12:00:43 EDT 2017

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    "Go team Sponseller, in honor and in memory."
     

    Adam Wilson

    Mon Sep 18 10:34:40 EDT 2017

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    "Like everyone, we sure do miss Uncle Eddie. Proud of you, Cousin Steve! ❤️ "
     

    Kara and David Addison

    Mon Sep 18 06:39:11 EDT 2017

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    "Am proud of you!! Love, MoM"
     

    Susy Sponseller

    Mon Sep 18 06:06:54 EDT 2017

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    "You got this, Coach Steve :)!! All our support, The Charsky Family"
     

    Charsky Family

    Mon Sep 18 05:09:30 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Steve!"
     

    Tucker Emerson

    Mon Sep 18 05:04:15 EDT 2017

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    "Steve, I am honored to know you. My prayers are for you and your family, and for this noble effort. God Bless Russel"
     

    Russel Treat

    Mon Sep 18 10:49:48 EDT 2017

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    "What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for the opportunity to donate to your efforts!"
     

    Robert Murray

    Mon Sep 18 10:39:56 EDT 2017

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    "I am sure your Dad would be very proud of you Steve. God speed and good luck in the race!"
     

    Michael DeMasie

    Mon Sep 18 10:37:35 EDT 2017

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    "Best of luck Steve. Sounds like your Dad was an amazing guy. What a great way to honor him. "
     

    Carolyn Baron

    Mon Sep 18 09:16:11 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Steve! Thanks for doing this."
     

    Anonymous

    Mon Sep 18 09:15:54 EDT 2017

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    "A great tribute. Good luck Steve!!"
     

    Justin Towle

    Mon Sep 18 09:13:38 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck, Steve! What a wonderful way to honor your dad."
     

    Rachel McDonnell

    Mon Sep 18 08:51:15 EDT 2017

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    "Great work for a great cause. Thanks."
     

    Leslie Paulson

    Mon Sep 18 08:19:56 EDT 2017

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    "What a great way to honor your dad! Good luck, Steve. "
     

    Candace & Joel

    Mon Sep 18 08:07:37 EDT 2017

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    "I have so many good memories of training in 2006 with both you and Amelia for Team in Training. Some things we do in life change us forever. I remember Amelia and your Dad cheering everyone on at the finish. Good luck on your race!"
     

    Beth Rovnak

    Sun Sep 17 03:07:21 EDT 2017

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    "Keep up the good fight Steve! We are thinking of you and your family--Amy & Reaves West"
     

    Amy West

    Sat Sep 16 09:03:25 EDT 2017

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    "Best of luck brother, very inspiring!"
     

    steve and michelle corry

    Mon Sep 11 03:11:56 EDT 2017

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    "Thinking of you as you train and prepare for the Marine Corps Marathon in memory of your father. You are an inspiration to so many and we are honored to support you and your team."
     

    Kate Carpenter

    Sun Sep 10 07:17:16 EDT 2017

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    "Ed inspired us all. Good luck and run well, SES! "
     

    STEVE BODNER

    Sat Sep 02 08:17:18 EDT 2017

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    " Ed was a great friend and co-worker."
     

    Robert Watson

    Fri Sep 01 12:57:38 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Steve!"
     

    Josh & Amy Moore

    Wed Aug 30 04:04:32 EDT 2017

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    "Go team Sponseller! Your friends at Matter"
     

    Matter

    Wed Aug 30 12:53:03 EDT 2017

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    "Your dad was a great man. You are too for carrying on his legacy. Good luck at the race and thank you for raising awareness."
     

    Daniel Wilson

    Sun Aug 27 09:46:42 EDT 2017

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    "Such an inspiring story! Best of luck on race day! "
     

    Michelle and Ian Grant

    Sun Aug 27 08:37:42 EDT 2017

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    "Go Steve! The Wojahns are very proud of you!"
     

    Kristen Wojahn

    Sat Aug 26 01:30:54 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck, Sassafras!"
     

    Eric Zimmerman

    Mon Aug 21 09:45:00 EDT 2017

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    "All the best Stephen! Your dad would be honored to know you are doing another marathon in his memory. I know he'll be running this one with you! Bobbie "
     

    Bobbie Sponseller

    Sun Aug 20 12:59:42 EDT 2017

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    "Much love from the Kellers! "
     

    Sarah Keller

    Thu Aug 17 10:03:52 EDT 2017

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    "Your dad would be proud! "
     

    Stephanie Ferrie

    Thu Aug 17 02:25:14 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Stephen! Your running in the Marine Corp Marathon is a perfect tribute in memory of your dear father. Our best, Mary and Dick"
     

    Dick and Mary Mason

    Wed Aug 16 12:08:53 EDT 2017

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    "What a great tribute to your dad in his memory. He is missed by many."
     

    Sam and Marilyn Small

    Tue Aug 15 09:44:53 EDT 2017

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    "Ed encouraged me to do my first marathon which was also the Marine Corp! Miss him and his great smile ! "
     

    Deborah Hallock

    Tue Aug 15 07:36:07 EDT 2017

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    "Love you guys!"
     

    Sarah Marxhausen

    Sun Aug 13 09:57:47 EDT 2017

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    "Your dad's strength will be with you every step of the way during this journey. "
     

    Amy Moore

    Sun Aug 13 09:11:47 EDT 2017

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    "He was a wonderful man....I'm sure this will be a very emotional race. What a beautiful tribute to your father. Love, The Booths"
     

    Marcie Booth

    Sun Aug 13 09:02:59 EDT 2017

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    "Keep going Steve, and we'll keep going with you!"
     

    Robert Duran

    Thu Oct 26 09:43:32 EDT 2017

  •  
    "PTC Empoyee Match for Joe Sanderson and Leslie Paulson"
     

    PTC Employee Match

    Tue Oct 24 02:23:26 EDT 2017

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    "Congratulations on a job well done! What a fantastic way to honor your dear Dad. :) "
     

    Hallie Knable Goldschmidt

    Mon Oct 23 08:24:36 EDT 2017

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    "Go bro!"
     

    Carole Patrikakos

    Mon Oct 23 12:17:37 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck, Steve!"
     

    April Laverriere

    Sat Oct 21 10:27:40 EDT 2017

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    "SES ? Thanks for reminding all of us what matters! "
     

    Lisa Strite

    Sat Oct 21 08:36:33 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck tomorrow! We will be thinking of you."
     

    Krissy, Dani and Snorky Nye

    Fri Oct 20 11:38:05 EDT 2017

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    "Much love to all the Sponsellers! - from the Arbetters"
     

    The Arbetters

    Fri Oct 20 05:29:29 EDT 2017

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    "Wishing you a successful marathon, Stephen. We so missed seeing your Dad and Mother at our class reunion in September. He was a great inspiration to so many in PA and a wonderful classmate to those of us in Massachusetts. Sending loving thoughts to all the Sponsellers. Judy and Don Murphy"
     

    Judy and Don Murphy

    Fri Oct 20 05:20:54 EDT 2017

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    "Kick some ass. Wish I could be there to cheer you on. RTB 2018?"
     

    Steve Datish

    Fri Oct 20 08:59:27 EDT 2017

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    "Thank you Steve!"
     

    Jason Oney

    Fri Oct 20 08:04:54 EDT 2017

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    "Auction payment"
     

    Jennifer Polisner

    Thu Oct 19 11:09:18 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck! Will be thinking of you! "
     

    Anne Thomas and Ryan True

    Wed Oct 18 06:38:56 EDT 2017

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    "I wish you all the best Steve! Thanks for being such a wonderful mentor through the years. Air high fives buddy."
     

    Adam Hill

    Tue Oct 03 03:06:49 EDT 2017

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    " We miss and love Ed so very much."
     

    John and Sue Ausherman

    Thu Sep 28 02:58:57 EDT 2017

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    "Good luck Steve, we missed you Dad resently at our 55 reunion, which I knew he planed on attending. Mike"
     

    Mike

    Wed Oct 04 08:21:37 EDT 2017

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $17,875.00 | Goal: $12,000.00
 
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Jennifer Polisner  
The Ferrie Family  
Sarah Marx  
Scott Furr  
Anne Thomas and Ryan True  
Sarah Keller  
The Kueck Family  
Erik and Faye Maier  
Michael Roy  
The Tierneys  
Richard Boardman  
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Cynthia Wolf  
Patricia Schweitzer  
Dana Maletzke  
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Mike  
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Adam Hill  
Zach Elliott  
Jeanne Friedman  
Kirk and Patricia Stevens  
Connie Stenger  
Michael Sauter  
Ben Hardy  
Ronald Maslanik  
John and Sue Ausherman  
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Ruth and James Metz  
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Phyllis and Bill White  
Scott McCarley  
Jason Brown  
A Norcross  
Ferree LeFevre  
Marlene Ausherman  
James Whitelock  
Margaret Newman  
Carole Connor  
Michael Orsini  
Helen Moe  
Hugh Jones  
Grant Kistler  
Craig Nitterhouse  
Lynne Peters  
James Probst  
Brian Mcnew  
Rosalyn Ewan  
Regina Mancuso  
Marie Wolson  
Michael Ramsey  
Thomas Carroll  
Anita Buchanan  
Brenda Black  
Anthony Colangelo  
Sandra Lewis  
Lori Kate Hodgson  
bonnie sponseller  
Linda Paar  
Lawrence Johnston  
Kathy Kroepil  
Diane Kirkpatrick  
Jacqueline Wolfe  
Elaine Spencer  
James Frey  
Rodney Crawford  
Cynthia Keller  
Ralph Heilig  
Linda Baird  
Nancy Kistler  
Philip Bard  
James and Bonnie Pribula  
Janet and Gary Graham  
George Tjiattas  
Dan Hodge  
Andy & Dani Mason  
Christine R. Butler  
Ethan Olsen  
Beth and Paul Luka  
Abby Eon  
Laura Proctor  
Russell Ford  
Steve Lim  
Megan (Shilling) Rappolt  
Tory Technologies, Inc.  
Noah Perlut  
Steven Marchessault  
Jenna Smith  
Tom Mills  
Adam Wilson  
Charles and Kathryn White  
David Landis  
William and Margaret Ette...  
Dennis and Mary Anne Cast...  
Nicole Brookens  
Kara and David Addison  
Susy Sponseller  
Charsky Family  
Tucker Emerson  
Kristen Powell  
Clinton Chapman  
Brian Delacruz  
Strynadka Adam  
Russel Treat  
Robert Murray  
Michael DeMasie  
Carolyn Baron  
Justin Towle  
Rachel McDonnell  
Farren Family  
Leslie Paulson  
Candace & Joel  
Sarah Blanchette  
Carrie Cowper  
Bob Rouleau  
Sam Elsner  
Alex Herbert  
Beth Rovnak  
Dan Turner  
Polisner Family  
McBee Family  
Sam Cessna  
Thomas Frobase  
Emmett Moore  
Valerie Harr  
Kevin Stover  
Amy West  
walt and lucy konetschni  
Sue & Alan Kohler  
steve and michelle corry  
Kate Carpenter  
Kepware Technologies  
STEVE BODNER  
Robert Watson  
Andrew Timm  
Josh & Amy Moore  
Matter  
Dave and Weesa Etter  
Bob and Marge Schollaert  
Daniel Wilson  
Michelle and Ian Grant  
Kristen Wojahn  
Patrick Gilligan  
Lindsay and Melinda Knarr  
Norland Pub  
Jim & Kathy Dickson  
Simon Rucker  
Christopher McCauley  
Brett Austin  
Connie Evans  
Jenny Kistler  
Eric Zimmerman  
Bobbie Sponseller  
George and Leslie Hanks  
Tim & Jen Graham  
Joel Grandin  
Sarah Keller  
Stephanie Ferrie  
Ann Rea  
Dick and Mary Mason  
Kelly Hassett - MedCOR Pr...  
Sam and Marilyn Small  
Deborah Hallock  
The Sperry Family  
Anna Furr  
Missy Deus  
Chris Meier  
Adam Kennedy  
Todd & Laura Sponseller  
Michael Mirray  
Sarah Marxhausen  
Amy Moore  
Marcie Booth