Ocean Air Elementary breaks fundraising records in Jog-A-Thon


Ocean Air Elementary School recently broke fundraising records by raising over $50,000 in the Ocean Air Jog-A-Thon. The Jog-A-Thon fundraiser supports the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation and the goal to raise money to fund the science, music, art, technology, and PE curriculum in the Del Mar Union School District. This year the Jog-A-Thon was chaired by Joanne Tibaldi, Katie Wilsey, and Yamia Benhaim, who raised the bar by collecting pledges online, using PledgeStar.

In 2014, the Ocean Air Jog-A-Thon raised $35,000 using a paper system. Transitioning the Jog-A-Thon to an online system, Tibaldi’s goal was to raise over $40,000.

“We are thrilled with the support by the community, family, friends, and Ocean Air staff in reaching our goal,” Tibaldi said.

Wilsey, founder of the Carmel Valley 5K, played a key role in the planning and logisitics of the Jog-A-Thon.

“To incentivize the kids, we introduced new ideas like a pep rally and rewarding top fundraisers with prizes like Kindles and tickets to Disneyland and other small prizes like kendamas,” says Wilsey.

Run by an outstanding Jog-A-Thon team, Ocean Air PTA and volunteers, and the support of Principal Ryan Stanley, Assistant Principal Abby Farriker, and Ty Humes of the DMSEF, the 2015 Ocean Air Jog-A-Thon turned out to be a huge success!

— Courtesy photos and report