2019 Info

2019 Info

2019 Honorees

Witness (Martyrs) through fitness. We are here because we care.

All the proceeds from the run, activities and cookout will benefit families of children with special needs. Free will donations.

Events & T-Shirts

5K RUN or 1 Mile WALK at Holmes Lake

 

BBQ COOKOUT & PASTA DINNER

  • Parish Hall at North American Martyrs Church
  • Friday June 21st — 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Menu: BBQ ribs, pulled pork, pasta with sauce, salad, garlic rolls, cornbread, desserts and drinks
  • Click here for BBQ details

 

T-SHIRTS

 

Suggested Donations

  • Children 18 and under may participate in the Walk or Run for FREE making it a fun day to meet up with friends!
  • 5 K Race/ Walk – Adults – $15.00 if pre-registered
  • BBQ Meal – $10.00
  • T-Shirt – $10.00
  • Donate Online

To Participate

2019 BBQ & Pasta

2019 BBQ & Pasta

Enjoy a night of fun and great food!

Menu:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork and BBQ Beans
  • Pasta with sauce, salad and garlic rolls – Prepared by the Knights of Columbus
  • Cornbread and Desserts – Prepared by the Altar Society
  • All you can eat for just a $10 donation or more per person.  A “BBQ Kids Pass” is available which includes all children 14 and under in your immediate family for one low flat rate of just $10.

Please note: due to increased costs we can only serve BBQ Pulled Pork prepared by Phat Jack’s and not BBQ Ribs.

Something For Everyone:

  • Convenience — Pick up your run/walk packet and enjoy a great meal at the same time!
  • Socialize — Catch up with people you know, meet the honorees and make new friends!
  • Runners — Load up on healthy carbs to prepare for the race the following morning!
  • Supporters — Come and spend time with the honorees

When:  Friday June 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where:  North American Martyrs Church

To help ensure we prepare the proper amount of food please pre-register.

 

2019 One Mile Walk

2019 One Mile Walk

The Annual Walk is fun for everyone.  It’s a great family event.

Let’s have some fun & help raise money for Villa Marie Students and families with special needs.

When:  Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

8:00 am  – Registration
9:00 am  – 5K Race Starts
Walk Starts as soon as all runners have started.

Where:  Holmes Lake

The 5K (3.1 miles) course is on a beautiful walking trail surrounding Holmes Lake.

It’s open to all adults and children who are able to walk or run the course.  Of course we need lots of supporting fans too that will cheer everyone on!

Who Does it Benefit?

All the proceeds from the run will benefit families of children with special needs.  This year’s 2019 Witness Through Fitness Honorees are Villa Marie Students and families of children with special needs.

You can learn more about Villa Marie’s story here.

Please join us for a FUN morning and Witness through Fitness.  Fun activities will also be available for youth.

Cost:

Children: FREE for ages 18 and under making it a fun summer get together with friends.

Adults: $15 if pre-registered.  $20 at the event.

You may donate any amount.  T-Shirts are also available for just $10 more.

If you can’t make it for the run/walk, then consider the BBQ & FUN from 5:00 – 7:00 on Friday, June 21st.  Click here for BBQ details.

 

 

Catholic Parish Teams

Witness Through Fitness is a fun event that can help your parish in many ways including evangelization.  Now in it’s 9th year, we would like to get more parishes to join in this special event.  As a parish, all you need to do is let your parishioners know about it and optionally designate how the funds raised by your parish team will be used.

Witness Through Fitness is a 2-day event that includes:

  • BBQ on Friday, June 21st hosted by North American Martyrs
  • Walk/Run on Saturday, June 22nd at Holmes Lake

 Children up to age 18 may walk or run for free making it a great summer get together.  Adult tickets to The Walk and Run are just $15 if pre-registered.  Tickets to the BBQ are just $10.  T-shirts are also available for just $10.  Funds raised benefit Villa Marie and/or (optionally if you choose) a family or designated special cause at your parish.  

How Does It Help My Parish?

While it is a fundraising event, the Witness Through Fitness event is about so many more important things than just money!  WItness Through Fitness will help your parish to:

1)  Provide an opportunity for your parish to express their love and support for children with special needs.  Within each parish we have children with various physical and developmental disabilities.  Some children attend Catholic schools.  Others may attend public schools for special education.  

2)  Provide an opportunity for your parish to recognize and honor the families in your parish who may sacrifice on a daily basis helping to raise their special sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.  The stories that families can share are very inspirational.

3)  Provide financial resources to help support families in your parish who have children with special needs.  For the past 8 years, North American Martyrs has helped 16 families in our parish.  Now your parish can optionally designate and donate proceeds from the event to a family your parish honors at the event if you like.  See our list of previous honorees and all the families we with helped with conditions including Down Syndrome, Autism, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Tramatic Brain Injuries, Brain Cancer and much more. 

4)  Provide financial resources to your parish’s Catholic School, Youth Ministry and CCD program.  Their are many accommodations and needs that are often unmet to help children with physical, occupation or developmental challenges.  Funds raised by your parish team could help purchase adaptive kits for CCD, provide additional resources for students in your school with an IEP and/or host social events to develop friendships.  

5)  Help your parish create awareness and support Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children.  Many parishes have had at least one child attend Villa Marie since it was started by Monsignor Dawson in 1964.

6)  Create a unique opportunity for your parish to evangelize.  The 1 Mile Walk and 5K Run provides parishioners to invite non-catholics and express their Catholic faith in a unique way. By hosting a public event we evangelize through our actions.  People can see that, as Catholics, we value the human person, the need for family, the need for charity and the need for love!

7)  Have fun and socialize.  The Walk and Run event at Holmes Lake is a great way for parishioners, students and their families to cheer on their team.  It’s a fun morning with music and watching runners race around the park.

How It Works

The Witness Through Fitness committee at North American Martyrs takes care of all the details with organizing, promoting and hosting the event.

You may already have parishioners attending Witness Through Fitness.  It’s advertised in the Southern Nebraska Register, Spirit Catholic Radio, and online race and event calendars.  We have posters and signs around Lincoln.  We also contact employers to share with employees.  It also shared on social media.

When people register they can already choose your parish as their team.  However, by default, 100% of the proceeds from your parish team will support Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children.

We only ask your parish to do two things:

1) Optionally choose if they would like to designate funds raised to be designated to an Honoree or special fund. We would need this information by June 1st.  At NAM, we donate 50% to Villa Marie and 50% to a parish honoree.  As time is limited, you can optionally just help raise money for Villa Marie as it supports an option for all children with special needs throughout the Diocese now and into the future.

2) Encourage your parishioners to attend.  We can provide materials and other resources to help publicize the event.  Here are a few ideas that you can choose from:

  • Share the event in your bulletin and/or parish newsletter
  • Email your parishioners so they can easily access our website to learn more and register
  • Make announcements at Mass
  • Share the event on social media
  • At Mass have pastors encourage parishioners to attend
  • Encourage children 18 and under to come and meet their friends since they can walk or run for free
  • If your parish also has a school, encourage the school to encourage students to participate 

At North American Martyrs, we’ve found that attendance is the strongest when you have an Honoree from your parish and it is promoted in multiple ways. 

Get Started

Please contact Brian Nelson and he will answer questions, provide your parish with pre-written bulletin announcements, posters, flyers and much more.  Email brian@wtfsnf.com or call him at 402-202-2479.

If you are part of the administration at your parish, you may also contact Father Brian Connor at 402-476-8088 with any administrative questions or concerns related to your church or school’s participation.

 

2019 Honorees

Scarlett and Remi Lehn

The Honorees

Each year Witness Through Fitness helps to raise money and awareness for children with special needs.  Proceeds benefit individual children with special needs directly as designated Honorees selected by various Catholic parishes and schools.

Proceeds also benefit Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children.  Since opening in 1964, Villa Marie has served numerous children with special needs from Catholic parishes all throughout the Lincoln Diocese.

Learn more about this year’s Honorees:

Parish Teams

Please see each parish below for information about how proceeds will be used for money raised by your parish team.  When you register, please select the parish team of your choice.

North American Martyrs organizes Witness Through Fitness each year.  The North American Martyrs Team has designated that 50% of funds raised will be donated to Villa Marie and 50% to Scarlett and Remi Lehn.

Unless otherwise specified, 100% of the proceeds will benefit Villa Marie.  Please see the list below for how each parish will designate funds raised by members of their parish team.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Cathedral of the Risen Christ Parish

Cristo Rey Parish

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish

Newman Center/St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

North American Martyrs Parish

Sacred Heart Parish

Saint Michael’s Parish

Saint Peter’s Parish

St. John’s Parish

St. Mary’s Parish

St. Patrick’s Parish

St. Teresa’s Parish

St. Vincent de Paul Parish

We have created teams for all Lincoln Catholic Churches.  Learn how your parish may designate funds raised by your team to benefit an Honoree or fund for children with special needs at your parish.

2019 Advertisers

2019 Advertisers

Advertising Sponsorships

New for 2019!  We are creating a beautiful full-color event program guide.  500 copies of the guide will be distributed at the BBQ event and inserted into the Walk and 5K Run Packets.  Limited copies of this guide will also be distributed as a promotional tool in advance of the events.

It’s a great way to put your business in front of fitness enthusiasts, students, parents, Catholics and others who come out to show their support for children of families with special needs.  Let them know your business also supports such a worthy cause!

All Event Sponsors are featured in the printed guide and on our web site.  A Gold Event Sponsors includes a Quarter Page and a Platinum Event Sponsors include a half page ad.   All other event sponsors may add display ads and receive a 20% discount on the rates below.

Display Ad Sizes and Rates

  • Quarter Page – $75
  • Half Page – $150
  • Full Page – $250
  • Inside or Back Cover – $300

Click Here To View Sample Ad Sizes

Advertising Sponsorships also include:

  • Listing in our monthly email newsletter for one year
  • Logo ad on our web site for one year
  • Sponsor listing with your display ad and additional information
  • One featured advertisement in one of our monthly email news
  • One featured social media post

Ad Specs and Deadlines

  • All ads must be submitted by 6/9/17
  • Full Size –  Trim Size: 4.75″ horizontal x 7.75″ vertical  –  NO BLEED
  • Half Page – Trim Size: 4.75″ horizontal x 3.88″ vertical; NO BLEED
  • Quarter Page – Horizontal: Trim size – 4.75″ horizontal x 1.875″
  • Quarter Page – Vertical:  Trim size – 2.375″ horizontal x 3.75″
  • All ads must be 300 dpi.
  • Instructions for PDF artwork submission: NO CROP MARKS; no registration marks; turn ALL fonts into outlines; embed all images.
  • Ad design available.  Sponsor to provide logo, image(s), ad copy, and any desired fonts. Production includes an initial proof with one set of changes before ad is finalized. Additional design work is available at added cost.

Limited Availability.  Reserve Spot Today.

Limited availability on a first come, first served basis.  Reserve your spot today and we’ll invoice you later.  Contact Brian Nelson at 402-937-8540 or brian@wtfsnf.com with any questions.

 

2019 5K Run

2019 5K Run

Get your running shoes ready!

Let’s have some fun & help raise money for Villa Marie Students and families with special needs!

When:  Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

8:00 am  – Registration

9:00 am  – 5K Race Starts

Walk Starts as soon as all runners have started.

Where:  Holmes Lake

The 5K (3.1 miles) course is on a beautiful running trail surrounding Holmes Lake.

Prizes will also be awarded to the top 3 Men and Women Runners.  $50/$25/$10 Gift certificates to the Running Company will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners.  It’s open to all adults and children who are able to walk or run the course.  Of course we need lots of supporting fans too that will cheer everyone on!

Who Does it Benefit?

All the proceeds from the run will benefit families of children with special needs.  This year’s 2019 Witness Through Fitness Honors Villa Marie Students and families with special needs.

Please join us for a FUN morning and Witness through Fitness.  Fun activities will also be available for youth.

 

Cost:

Children: FREE for ages 18 and under making it a fun summer get together with friends.

Adults: $15 if pre-registered.  $20 at the event.  You must pre-register to be timed.

You may donate any amount.  T-Shirts are also available for just $10 more.

If you can’t make it for the run/walk, then consider the BBQ & FUN from 5:00 – 7:00 on Friday, June 21st.  Click here for BBQ details.

 

2019 Sponsors

A major sponsor benefit is having your business featured on the event’s t-shirt!  Hundreds of people wear and advertise your business each time they wear their shirt for years to come!

Your business sponsorship dollars cover the expenses associated with the event so that all donations and ticket sales can support the honorees.  Examples of major expenses include food, race equipment rental, printing, promotion, city police and t-shirt printing. Sponsorships will run for approximately one year until new promotional materials are created for next year’s event. T-Shirts provide advertising for your business for years to come. 

Depending on sponsorship level, many additional benefits include:

  • Event tickets and t-shirts
  • Featured on our web site
  • Featured in printed event materials
  • New!  Sponsor expo at our BBQ event.  Set up a booth or display!

All sponsors receive their choice of  event items including tickets to the Run/Walk, BBQ Tickets and/or T-Shirts!

 

Burgundy Level – $100 – $249

Silver Level – $250 – $499

  • Choice of 10 event items
  • Listing on our sponsors page at the web site and in printed event materials
  • Logo Rotation on our Web Site in Silver Sponsor Sections
  • Logo on T-Shirts
  • 20% Discount on Event Guide Advertising

Gold Level – $500-$999

Platinum Level – $1000 or more

Register online and we can send an invoice or you may pay using a credit card.

Logo artwork is needed no later than Friday, June 7th.  Logos not submitted in time will result in the business name being printed in plain text.  Send logos to brian@wtfsnf.com. Limited availability on a first come, first served basis.  Contact Brian Nelson at 402-937-8540 or brian@wtfsnf.com with any questions or secure sponsorship.

2019 T-Shirts

2019 T-Shirts

Make the day memorable.  Show your support and help spread the word.

New for 2019 — Teams that order 5 or more shirts will have their team name or logo printed on the sleeve of the t-shirt.  Team shirts must be ordered by Sunday, June 9th.

T-Shirts are available for a suggested donation of just $10.

Please pre-order your t-shirt so that we can have enough printed.

 

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