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Bel Inizio

Located in Houston, Texas, Bel Inizio helps disadvantaged women develop self-confidence and life skills through fitness and nutrition. Participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race — the race for a better life.

Houston has a generous giving community and great compassion for those in need. We have emergency shelters, transitional housing, and half-way houses. The agencies offer case workers, recovery programs, and job skills training. What gets lost, and is critically needed, is helping individuals achieve the self esteem and confidence that can come from an ongoing exercise and nutrition program.

Mallorca Marathon
October 16, 2011

On October 16, I will be running the Mallorca Half Marathon

for Bel Inizio (

I am putting in a big effort because the Bel Inizio athletes put in a big effort - to walk, run, stay sober and turn their lives around! I will run this race in 2 1/2 hours.  I am running this pace – super fast for me - to help Bel Inizio change lives. You already know about Bel Inizio because you are my friends and I talk a lot so we will skip that part.


But here is the truth. Bel Inizio could not be where it is without your past support.  You are a hero and I thank you so much. Your gifts have helped us start an expanded program working with different groups within the Santa Maria Hostel including female vets, pregnant women serving Harris County jail time, and transitionally homeless women.  And I get it. Every dollar you give Bel Inizio means less for you and more for (pick one or more: a disadvantaged, homeless, recovering sunstance abuser, criminal, raped, etc.) woman that you may never meet. That is why I am so very grateful for your donations.


The Bel Inizio athletes at Santa Maria are working super hard to train for their 5K this fall. They are building endurance, and stamina, and self esteem, and teamwork.  We work out with the Bel Inizio athletes every Wednesday and Sunday nights and see firsthand the improvement in their minds and bodies.


Please help me raise $5,000 to  help participants train to complete a 5K, which helps prepare them for the ultimate race — the race for a better life. With your gift and others like it we will be able to change a life forever


Click the "Sponsor Me" button below to contribute $25, $50, $100, $1,000. Your donations are tax deductable and will directly help. I promise. With every inch of my middle aged body trying to maintain an 11:30 per mile pace on October 16, I promise.


Mallorca Marathon -

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Donations2Date: $1,767

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Molly Malone $5.00 11/15/2012
Anonymous Donor $1.00 1/10/2012
Scott Kohn $25.00 11/27/2011 Keep up the great work!
Todd & Laurie Mosley $25.00 10/10/2011 You can do it, Theresa!
Bruce Evans $50.00 10/10/2011 Go T...
Ann Ronn $250.00 10/10/2011 You are awesome! Keep it up.
Barrie Petty $50.00 10/7/2011 Go Theresa! Miss you!
Molly Malone $100.00 10/7/2011
Caroline Schlemmer and Jason Lee Homrighaus $250.00* 10/7/2011
Jennifer Klein $50.00 10/6/2011 Wrap that ankle and run hard, friend! So so so proud of the things you do.
Edward C Burleson $100.00 10/6/2011 YOU are an incredible person!
Lynn Lee $50.00* 10/6/2011
Bette Moser $25.00 10/5/2011 You are an inspiration to us all!
Mariel Pina $51.00 10/5/2011 50 for us and 1 for Emi's first year on Earth. You can do it! We love you tons!
Kevin Healy $25.00 10/5/2011 Go Theresa! Go!
Anonymous Donor $500.00 10/5/2011 Go Theresa! You can do it!
stuart feldman $100.00 10/5/2011 Go Theresa!
Cris Strong $25.00 10/5/2011 You make such a difference in the lives of others!
Pam and Tom Baker $25.00* 10/5/2011
Anne and Don Strong $10.00* 10/5/2011 Go T Bear!
Jonina Dickey $50.00 10/4/2011 Please take care of that ankle! Go Girl Go!
* offline donation