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Selectmen to Choose Two Charities to Benefit from Boston Marathon Invitations

The board is in the process of taking applications from interested charities.

The Board of Selectmen will take applications from charitable organizations interested in benefitting from fundraising.

The Boston Athletic Association offers invitations applications to those interested in running the Boston Marathon each year to the towns along the marathon’s route. The goal of the invitational entries is to allow the communities to raise funds for charitable causes, according to a letter from the Board of Selectmen.

During most years, the board chooses a single charity. This year, the board will likely select two charities depending on number of interested organizations, according to Selectman Terri Tsagaris.

“We feel that it’s important to rotate the charities, and not have the same one year after year,” Tsagaris said at an Oct. 17 meeting.

Wellesley has been given 16 numbers, which will be split between the two charities, according to Tsagaris. Last year, the selectmen chose the Fund for Wellesley to benefit from the town’s marathon numbers.

The application asks for each charity's mission, who benefits from the charity, how many people benefit among other questions.

The applications (available at the town's website and attached to this article in pdf form) must be submitted by noon on Thursday, Nov. 9 to:

Christopher Ketchen

Deputy Director of General Government Services

Board of Selectmen’s Office

Wellesley Town Hall

525 Washington Street

Wellesley, MA 02482

781-431-1019 ext 2205

cketchen@wellesleyma.gov

The 116th Boston Marathon is April 16, 2012. Interested runners must fill out a separate application for the right to run the marathon, according to the letter. If chosen, runners must raise a minimum of $4,000 for the charity chosen by the board.

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