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Happy Birthday Tug!

30 Aug


On this day in 1944, Tug McGraw was born in Martinez California.

So, today might be a good day to head on over to my page and make a little donation in his honor! The Marine Corps Marathon is getting closer every day and I’m barely half-way to my goal! So help a girl out and give a little!!

Thanks! And have a Super Saturday!


“Ya Gotta Believe” – The Tug McGraw Foundation was established in 2003 to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and in 2009 expanded programs to include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). TMF collaborates and partners with other organizations so that we can accelerate new treatments and cures to improve quality of life in areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those debilitating conditions. (wikipedia)

Remembering Ray

29 Aug

Now, I never actually met Ray but I’ve met a lot of folks in his family and from all evidence he was an amazing man.

Last Saturday I headed over to Rhode Island to hang out with some friends 🙂


The occasion was the Tenth (and, <sob>, Final) Ray Lang Memorial Golf Tournament the proceeds of which go to the Tug McGraw Foundation (for whom I am also running the Marine Corps Marathon this year…hint, hint….)


The day started out looking a bit cloudy, really quite dark in Connecticut and things didn’t seem to be improving on the drive over… I picked up Kathy and we headed to the country club where we were greeted by all of our Lang/Rousseau/Gabriel friends. Seriously, I’ve only known most of these folks for a few years but from the beginning they’ve made me feel like family.

After seeing the golfers off


And….they’re off!!




We started setting up for the raffle that takes place during/after dinner





And there are always lots of great prizes and I pick out the ones I want while we’re setting up. Sadly, I have learned no way to rig things so that I win all the ones I want!! (But, spoiler, I did win something in that second picture up there!)

This year there was even a super special prize:


Hard Rock Cafe guitar signed by Guy Fieri

And my friend Mike won that one – hope it, and he, got home safely!!

After setting up the raffle, Kathy and I headed out to the 4th hole for the super important job of witnessing for a “Hole in One” prize (another spoiler)..


This is the ball that got *closest* to a Hole in One.

It was hard work, but we managed.



And it was a really happy day!!


And how could it not be with THIS kind of sky:


When the last group came by we headed back in to get our raffle tickets and get ready for dinner!!


One of these is a winner….ONE 🙂

As usual it was great Italian food, and as usual, the raffle was almost as much for for the ‘losers’ as the winners!! Pete gave a great speech and another fantastic day came to an end. And for the final event, the numbers were GREAT! More golfers than ever before and more people at dinner than ever before — there were even tables full of people outside of the tents!!

Congratulations Pete (and everyone else, especially his mom Debra Lang Bush) for an amazing event – and we all know that Ray is super proud of all ya’ll have accomplished in the last 10 years!

Oh yeah…what did I win? Only the most perfect thing I could’ve won!   Though, the, soda cooler shaped like a canoe would’ve been neat too!!


My new suitcase!!! And a pillow. This baby’s going to Disney World!!!

It’s Back!!!

11 Jul

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Fundraising Friday that is!!

Things have stalled on the fundraising front, but the training has begun in earnest! In 16 weeks I’ll be making my way to the Packet Pickup to run 26.2! My first 26.2 in about 17 months – my last full was at the Goofy Challenge in 2013.

One small sacrifice now means hope for those living with brain tumors, PTSD and other Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Tug McGraw Foundation works with many other organizations to support and transform the lives of not only the affected person but their family as well.

So, if you haven’t given yet — now might be the time!!

It’s super easy, and really very painless!!

Just click here — and see for yourself how good it feels to help others out



13 Jun

black cat

Not really!! It’s just a kitty cat!!! Welcome to the Friday the 13th version of Fundraising Friday!!

Just in case you’re superstitious or something, I have to tell you that it is *very* good luck to make a donation to the Tug McGraw Foundation! You’ll be helping out some great people that’s for sure.

And me. You’d be helping me out a ton!!

Now, let’s recap. Me, Marine Corps Marathon, Team McGraw, YOU! Sure it seems like October is ages away but, c’mon people it’s really like…4 months. And just think, if you donate now, you’re not using up valuable school supply money! Though maybe you can give up that fancy iced coffee drink thing you love for a week!


So, head over HERE and drop some change in my bucket!! It’s a feel-good way to start the weekend!!

Send Me Your Money Saturday!!!

7 Jun


Well, since I missed Fundraising Friday (again) this week, I am pre-empting Sing-a-Long Saturday with this request —

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But first, thanks to my friends who donated in May — your bracelets will be winging their way to you soon! Your donations are definitely appreciated by all! And those of you who donated in honor/memory of someone, they’ll be on my mind on Oct 26 when I run the Marine Corps Marathon


Remember, your donation goes to support a great cause! The Tug McGraw Foundation works diligently to improve the quality of life for those living with brain related trauma and tumors.

And donations of any size can make a difference – I mean, of course the big ones are great, but the small ones help too!! And all are equally appreciated!! So click on this link – Anne’s Marine Corps Marathon Donation Page! – and make a donation!!

And be sure to have a fantastic weekend!!



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