Former Illini Stephanie Baliga formed a charity team to run the Chicago Marathon in order to raise money for the renovations on Our Lady of the Angels church in Chicago.
July 18, 2011
Former Illini cross country runner Stephanie Baliga, who is now becoming a nun at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, formed a charity team to run the Chicago Marathon in order to raise money for the renovations on Our Lady of the Angels church in Chicago. Baliga will team up with Sr. Alicia Torres and 12 other friends of the Mission in an effort called "Running to Rebuild." The charity team will continue its fundraising up until the day of the marathon on Oct. 9, 2011.
The charity team is working to raise money for the renovation of Our Lady of the Angels, which was the site of a tragic school fire in 1958 where 92 children and three nuns were killed. The Mission only needs to raise $50,000 more to reach its goal and cover the cost of the renovation project, which was estimated at $2 million.
The Mission of Our Lady of the Angels was established in 2005 and works to create a Catholic presence in the Humboldt Park area on Chicago's west side, which is presently is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago. The purpose of the Mission is to assist the poor and evangelize through an apostolate of prayer, retreats and preaching. The church will be used as a memorial, a community center and a place of worship for the surrounding neighborhood.
Anyone interested in supporting the cause should contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 815-713-8286. For more information on Mission of Our Lady of the Angels, click on the above PDF or visit the mission website HERE.