The CORE Foundation
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Thank You ..........................................................................................................
Superhero Splash and Dash ..............................................................................
Messages from our leadership ........................................................................
Our Present ......................................................................................................
Race with Purpose ............................................................................................
CORE Foundation enables volunteers with big ideas who want to make a difference in their community. We call these leaders social entrepreneurs. They lead our CORE Causes to make a difference in the communities in which we work, live and play.
Party with Purpose ............................................................................................
Reston Sprint Triathlon .......................................................................................
CORE Causes .....................................................................................................
Our CORE Causes: How It Works .....................................................................
Our Roots .........................................................................................................
Founder and BOARD CHAIRMAN
Taralyn Tharp Kohler
October 25, 2017 marked the day that I became part of the CORE Foundation family over a lunch meeting at Not Your Average Joe’s with Doug Bushée. This meeting turned out to anything but average … quite extraordinary in fact. In that power hour, Doug shared with me his exceptional vision for the organization. His dream was to grow globally to do more good throughout the world and to onboard an Executive Director who could implement his vision. He hooked me at “be the change." 2018 will be remembered as the year that we built the strategy to execute that vision.
As you will see in CORE's first annual report, 2018 was filled with many accomplishments. CORE won it's first grant which was from USA Triathlon Foundation to support an initiative to create athletic opportunities forlow income kids. Thus, the Reston Youth Superhero Splash and Dash was born. We want every child to feel like a superhero when they cross the finish line. We introduced "Race with Purpose" and held CORE's first Giving Gala. Our CORE Cause program took flight, and we onboarded several new groups including Kids of Reston and the Swim Team Dads.
I am thankful for the generosity of CORE Foundation's hundreds of dedicated volunteers and to our amazing sponsors and donors. One of my favorite campfire songs says... "it only take s a spark to get a fire burning and soon all those around will warm up to its glowing." The energy and enthusiasm of CORE's village for doing good is contagious.
Our theme for 2019 is "let's make some noise" in the community, and the best is yet to come! Look for new CORE Causes, creative community events, and enhancements to our existing programs. Thank you for your support and friendship as we serve our community together.
FROM THE EXECUTIVE Director
There is no other way to start this letter but with one word. Wow. By any standards, 2018 was a transformational year for the CORE Foundation. When we started this foundation in 2006, our goal was to help members of our community help the causes they support. We wanted people to be able to do good work, to be the change they wanted to see in their community, and we knew they needed help to make that happen. The foundation’s success in 2018 is the result of our CORE Cause leaders and the hundreds of volunteers, athletes, and sponsors the believe that when you do the math, the sum of all of our efforts is greater then each one of our contributions on its own.
But it’s also the result of two team members that work full time to help our CORE Cause leaders improve the quality of life of those around them. Mary Cackling and Taralyn Tharp Kohler have enabled the foundation to support more leaders and help make sure their causes are successful. I hope you take time to read about the CORE Causes we support as well as the organizations they support. If you’re part of our CORE village, you should take pride in knowing that your efforts are truly making a difference. If you’re not familiar with the foundation, we would to have you join us as we put ideas to action to help make our communities a better place.
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
Taralyn THARP KOhler
The Reston Sprint Triathlon celebrated five years, donated $30,000 to Reston Interfaith, and grew to 650 participants and 100 volunteers.
Mary Cackling began employment as CORE's Operations Director.
In November 2017, CORE Foundation brought on board its first Executive Director, Taralyn Tharp Kohler and a strategic plan is set for 2018 and beyond.
CORE Foundation renamed its fiscal sponsorship program "CORE Causes."
BeAMYazing Reston Youth Triathlon is recognized at "Best of Reston."
Several new CORE Causes were onboarded including: The Swim Team Dads, Kids of Reston, and Friends of Lake Anne.
Through a grant in association with the USA Triathlon Foundation, CORE introduced multi-sport to underserved youth in the community. In August 2018, the Reston Superhero Splash and Dash was born. Of the 140 participants, 40 were from local shelters and community centers for low income and at-risk youth. CORE Foundation also introduced "Race with Purpose," "Party with Purpose," and held its first Giving Gala.
The CORE Foundation was approached by Reston Smallmouth Bass Fishing Club to host a Wounded Warriors event twice annually on Lake Anne.
350 athletes competed and $15,000 was raised for Reston Interfaith.
CORE selected the ECO at Langley High School to help raise environmental awareness.
CORE selected the Radford University Brothers by the Wayside's application to support them in raising money for fraternity brothers in need. Their golf tournament raises over $10,000 annually.
CORE agrees to sponsor Amy's Amigos to support their efforts in raising money for the Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation in memory of Amy Boyle.
The first Be AMYazing Reston Youth Triathlon was held in 2011 with 250 participants.and donated $5000 to Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation.
Doug Bushée is named a "Best of Reston" honoree for his outstanding work in the community.
Doug Bushée approached BJ Silvey about creating a 501(c)3 which would bring a sprint triathlon to Reston. The idea was that it would become a community event which gave back to those who needed assistance in the Reston area. CORE Foundation registers with the IRS and the CORE Foundation was officially incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 1, 2007. The first Reston Sprint Triathlon was held a few months later on Sunday, May 20, 2007.
231 athletes participated and $8500 was raised for Reston Interfaith.
Bunny Bonnes becomes the Reston Sprint Triathlon's first race director.
PERSON, CORE FOUDAION BOARD MEMBER
Many people are familiar with the famous quote, attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Doug recognized that being the change you want to see in the world is easier said than done. Doing good can come at a financial cost and there are blind spots in the process. Launching a 501c3 could cost upwards of $5,000 minimally for operational and set-up costs along with many hours of paperwork. CORE Foundation takes the administrative burden off of the social entrepreneur so that they can focus on executing their mission.
Under the CORE Cause model the Foundation serves as the backbone and enables those groups to translate ideas quickly into action. The CORE Foundation infrastructure, administrative resources, and mentoring ignites their community service project for the CORE Cause. Our leadership team assists in incubating those big ideas and bringing them to life in a supportive environment, thus assisting the group in moving their mission.
CORE Foundation provides a number of features to each CORE Cause to enable success. These include but are not limited to: business strategy and coaching expertise, thought leadership, a professional fundraising platform, tax preparation and filing, bookkeeping, donor management tools, email management system, access to local storage facility, Google Ads advertising, liability coverage for leadership, online banking set-up, use of the CORE mailbox, and social media from CORE Foundation. We also encourage the Causes to participate in the President's Volunteer Service Award program, which recognizes volunteers for their awesome personal contributions.
John Brennan, Founding Member of the Swim Team Dads, a group of dads that combine fitness, friendship and philanthropy, says “without CORE Foundation’s CORE Cause model the Swim Team Dads would never have had the inspiration and direction to start our little foundation here in Reston. The guidance and leadership from Doug, along with the support and encouragement from Tara and Mary has made the setup and initial stages quite smooth. We always wondered “What if...," but CORE made it a reality in 2018!”
HOW IT WORKS
"We believe that serving the community is a race without a finish line, and CORE Foundation's support has afforded us to offer tax deductible donations for initiatives that would cease to exist without the support of CORE.” Brothers By The Wayside.
— PHILLP VERA
If you live in Reston, VA you may have volunteered or participated in the Reston Sprint Triathlon, Amy’s Amigos Be AMYazing! Reston Youth Triathlon, or the Reston Superhero Splash and Dash. Perhaps you have heard the buzz about Kids of Reston or have seen the Swim Team Dads in action in our community. These groups are all fueled and sponsored by CORE Foundation, a 501(c)3, entering its 14th year of helping others to be the change they want to see in the world. CORE Foundation launched by Restonian, Doug Bushée, enables an individual or group with a big idea, which we call a social entrepreneur, to “do good” through the CORE Cause model, which currently includes supporting cancer research, veterans and homeless as well as providing athletic opportunities for at-risk youth.
OUR CORE Causes:
THE Reston SPRINT Triathlon
— MAHATMA GHANDI
The Reston Sprint Triathlon is the cornerstone and backbone of CORE Foundation.
It's roots began in 2006, and it continues to serve as CORE Foundation's premier event. Having completed it's 12th season, this multi-sport event is a family friendly community event with over 1000 athletes participating annually. Our popular event usually sells out in 24 hours.
Athletes for our event come from all walks of life and athletic ability ranging in age from 12 to 77. 34% of our athletes are from Reston and 10% join us from out of state.
The course begins at the Lake Newport Pool with a 400m swim. This is followed by a 12 mile bike ride and a 3 mile run on Reston paths.
The Reston Sprint Triathlon and funds raised are seeded back into the community. The event has raised over $350,000 for Cornerstones over the past 12 years.
Our Dream Team consist of seven USA Triathlon Race Directors, 235 volunteers, four medical personnel, ten life guards, sixteen police officers, two USA Triathlon officials, and many sponsors. Bunny Bonnes is the leader of the pack and serves as the Race Director for the Reston Sprint Triathlon.
We use the hashtag #weloveourvillage, and this annual event would not be possible without the entire community coming together. Special thanks goes to Reston Association for their partnership on this event.
235 volunteers make the Reston Sprint Triathlon a reality!
"CORE Foundation allowed Kids of Reston to take an idea that we have talked about for years and turn it into a reality without paperwork and politics."
Kids of Reston was formed in August 2018 by a group of Reston residents who had the pleasure of growing up in the community. This group includes founding members of Kids of Reston - Leslie Kane, Kurt Rose, Casey Veatch, Cate Fulkerson and Courtney Park-Jamborsky.
Leslie Kane, CEO of Kids of Reston, says “CORE Foundation allowed Kids of Reston to take an idea that we’ve been talking about for years and turn the idea into reality without paperwork and politics. Within a month, we had a logo with t-shirts, banner, and vision and were carrying out our mission and raised $2000 with very little effort. We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in 2019 with further focus.”
The mission of Kids of Reston is to give back so the next generation of Reston kids so that others have the same opportunities to live, learn and play like they did. Kids of Reston works to raise funds from those who have already benefited from the Reston experience, and then donates resources to assist Cornerstones in providing a home for a family in need. In addition, they help Cornerstone families with housing expenses including fees for pool passes, camps, clubs, classes, and other activities.
During 2018, Kids of Reston raised nearly $2,000 by promoting Kids of Reston t-shirts in the community. Funds raised by Kids of Reston will go directly to Cornerstones of Reston to sponsor a Cornerstone’s house and build opportunities to sustain families in transition housing.
CORE CAUSE: KIDS OF RESTON
CORE CAUSE: Amy's Amigos HIGHLIGHTS
Amy’s Amigos Reston Youth Tri is currently led by a group of high school students who manage the event alongside many adult volunteers. To date, the triathlon has raised $125,000 for The Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF), to aid in research of pediatric brain tumors.
Our 2018 event was held on May 13 for 347 participants. Over $25,000 was raised through entry fees, sponsors, and donations. This was the first year participants could also raise money for CBTF on their own with CORE’s “Race With Purpose” program. Seven youth athletes and their families collectively raised $3,000. They earned a V.I.P. race experience including a racing kit, sweatshirt, V.I.P. packet pickup, along with other perks.
Amy’s Amigos believes in inspiring and teaching teenagers the value of community service at a young age. Our teen committee members are tasked with organizing all aspects of the race and are challenged to complete as much of the tasks as possible on their own with support and direction of adult committee members.
Special recognition goes to John Schaller and Team Fexy for their outstanding contributions to packet pickup and to Laurie Asmussen, Lindsay Asmussen and Sydney Tuller who serve as our Volunteer Chairs.
"CORE has afforded a group of individuals founded on the principals of virtue, diligence and brotherly love to give back to the community that brought them together. Through helping brothers with a hand up in times of need, community service projects like the Annual Radford Day of Service brings over 100 Radford University Alumni together to help serve various deserving projects in Loudoun, VA." says Phillip Vera, President of Sig Ep Brothers by the Wayside.
This CORE Cause granted almost $12,000 to community outreach and events in 2018. Highlights included mentoring 180 youth aged boys in Richmond, VA, sending a positive message about being the best citizens they can be within their community.
Phillip Vera, Founding Member, was personally recognized at the CORE Giving Gala as a Bronze Level Winner of the President's Volunteer Service Award and The Sig Ep Brothers By The Wayside were recognized as achieving the Gold Level for over 500 collective hours of community service.
CORE Cause: SiG Ep brothers
by the wayside
CORE CAUSE: SWIM TEAM DADS TEAM DADS HIGHLIGHTS
The Swim Team Dads are a group of Reston dads which leverage their close knit friendship to make a positive impact on the community through fitness, social and volunteer opportunities. You may often see them cycling throughout Northern Virginia, helping at events like the Superhero Splash and Dash or the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, or hosting fundraising events at Glory Days. Their efforts benefited Cornerstones, the YMCA and the Reston Historic Museum & Trust. But just as important as raising money they give their time unselfishly at every CORE Foundation event in full force. We expect great things out of this outstanding group in 2019!
The Superhero Splash and Dash brought out the super powers in all of us - our athletes, volunteers, parents, and sponsors. Our community joined forces to make this a tremendous day for all of our youth involved. Over 90 volunteers came out to support this inaugural event. Special thanks to the Swim Team Dads and their families who comprised half of those volunteers. Special recognition also goes to MaryEllen Wolfe for her leadership, Ted Garber with Garber Partners for producing the event, to Honeygrow and Bare Snacks for the healthy and delicious finish line food, and to Kona Ice for the refreshing snow cones. As Founder, Doug, Bushée says, "not all super heroes wear capes."
CORE Foundation was proud to receive kudos from our partner, USA Triathlon, on the success of our event. Out of the hundreds of like events throughout the U.S., CORE ranked 2nd in participants. In 2019, we hope to expand this program to further reach needy kids in our community.
"Every child deserves the chance to cross the finish line and feel like a super hero!"
- TARALYN KOHLER
"Not all superheros wear capes."
- DOUG BUSHÉE
SUPERHERO SPLASH AND DASH
The inaugural Superhero Splash and Dash brought youth athletes and their families from all walks of life the chance to experience multi-sport from the Northern Virginia area. The event was born out of a concept to create athletic experiences for kids in Northern Virginia who would otherwise not be exposed to those opportunities in cooperation with a grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation. This grant included paid entry fees, training support and clinics and gear for children experiencing homelessness and low income youth. Upon receiving the grant in late Spring, our team launched into action and many volunteers rallied to make this dream a reality in less than 10 weeks. This resulted in 40 kids from local shelters and low income centers participating in the event on scholarship. Our goal was for our youth athletes to leave confident, smiling and feeling an inch taller than when they stepped up to the starting line.
At the CORE Foundation, we believe in helping others “be the change they want to see in the world.” in 2018, we were pleased to introduce “Race with Purpose” which gives athletic events such as the Reston Sprint Triathlon and the Reston Youth Triathlon and the athletes that participate in those events an opportunity to give back to their community and help their neighbors in need.
Race with Purpose allows our athletes the opportunity to extend their triathlon experience beyond their own personal achievement. Participants raise money for a cause that they care such as Cornerstones. They share their own personal story and spread awareness and inspiration throughout our community. This program is a win-win. Collectively, seventeen athletes joined forces to raise over $12,000 in 2018 as result of this initiative which was seeded back into the community.
CORE Foundation produced its first ever video highlighting Race With Purpose. Our featured athletes included: Aaron Letteri, Fred Aryan, Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt, and Maddie Farmer. The video was produced by Franz Szymanski.
Our "Race with Purpose" model was featured in Competitor Running Magazine and Sports Illustrated Kids recognizing the Be AMYazing Reston Youth Triathlon.
This event also gave us the opportunity to recognize the good work of our volunteers. In 2018, CORE Foundation became a sponsoring organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award which encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. The Gold award for contributing 500 hours of service was earned by Doug Bushée and Taralyn Kohler as well as the Sig Ep Brothers by the Wayside. The bronze award was presented to Phillip Vera from CORE Cause, Sig Ep Brothers by the Wayside.
The concept behind “Party with Purpose” was to bring our community together for a chance to socialize and celebrate while fundraising for those in need in our community. Our Giving Gala which was held in November is the first of these celebratory events. The theme for the evening was "let's make some noise in the community," and cowbells were given as party favors to symbolize this. One hundred and thirty volunteers, sponsors, and friends of CORE participated in this evening to remember.
The goal is for the Giving Gala to become our premier fundraising event for CORE Foundation bringing together volunteers, sponsors, partners, CORE Causes, and friends and CORE. Special thanks to our food and beverage sponsors who enabled this inaugural event to happen: Honeygrow, Lake Anne Brew House, Kalypsos, Lake Anne Wine and Coffee Bar and Pairings Bistro. We could not have pulled off this event without you!
CORE Foundation Giving Gala
"My Name is Arron Letteri. I am 14 years old and born and raised in Reston. I have a learning disability called dyslexia. I currently attend Lab School of Washington to accommodate my learning difference. I struggle in school because of my learning difference so participating in triathlons helped me gain confidence. I have become closer to my community as a result. I race with purpose to give back to the community that has helped me."
Eye Institue Of Reston
Glory Days Grill
Kalypso's Sports Tavern
Lake Anne Brew House
Lake Anne Wine and Coffee Bar
Raba and Paul Letteri
New Trail Cycling Studio
One Life Fitness
Structural Systems & Solutions
The Bike Lane
Town Center Orthopedic
Uncle Fred's BBQ
P.O. Box 3631
Reston, VA 20195
Access National Bank
AKG Design Studio
Aryan Hope Foundation
Rick and Cindy Beyer
Dr. Chris Bruno Chiropractor
Without the support of our monetary and in kind donors
CORE's good work would not be possible.