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CRISIS NURSERY RECEIVES $100,000 MATCHING GIFT DONATION FROM JIMMY JOHN’S OWNER, JIMMY JOHN LIAUTAUD

News-Gazette Article

Urbana, IL, January 9, 2018 - Crisis Nursery is pleased to announce a $100,000 matching gift donation from Jimmy John’s owner and founder, Jimmy John Liautaud, and his wife, Leslie, through the Liautaud Family Foundation. 

The donation is a lead gift, launching the second phase of a capital campaign Crisis Nursery is announcing this week. The Liautaud Family Foundation has committed to match every dollar pledged for the capital campaign fund to Crisis Nursery through June of 2018, up to $100,000. The funds raised during this subsequent campaign will be used to eliminate an approximate $300,000 deficit from a still-unpaid State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant and interest accrued on that deficit. The unpaid DCEO grant, awarded to the Nursery for expansion in 2009, initially spurred the Nursery’s building expansion project, but has remained frozen indefinitely. Crisis Nursery will continue to request those promised funds to be paid-in-full by the State of Illinois. 

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Miles for Smiles - FundRace for Crisis Nursery!

Since 2009, runners and walkers participating in the Illinois Marathon have made their miles count by dedicating their races to Crisis Nursery and asking friends and family to donate to the organization on their behalf. These friends of the Nursery are our Miles for Smiles Team FundRacers!  Since 2009, this Miles for Smiles fundraising initiative has raised more than $25,000 to fund the Nursery’s Safe Children and Strong Families programs.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Anyone can join our Miles for Smiles Team and FundRace for Crisis Nursery! Join as an individual or put together a team of friends, family or coworkers. We challenge each team member to raise at least $200. After joining our team, we will send you a discount code to get the CHEAPEST registration price available for any of the races. Once you reach your fundraising goal, you'll receive a variety of perks including a Miles for Smiles Team t-shirt and more. Better yet, each mile you run will help ensure safety for children and provide hope to families in Champaign County.

READY TO GET STARTED?
For more information or questions about joining our Miles for Smiles Team, please contact Renae Kirkton at 217-337-2731 or
rkirkton@crisisnursery.net