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Team Ravens Chix: Fight ALS

Posted by Tuesday, March 29, 2011 0 comments


WHEN: Saturday, May 7 • 6:30am - 12:00pm

WHERE: Power Plant Live

WHO: Team Ravens Chix Join our team to run/walk to raise money for the Robert Packard Center for ALS research (Lou Gehrig's disease)


As a Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion, O.J. Brigance used his personal strength and stamina to crush the most formidable opponents. Then in 2007, his perspective changed. As an ALS patient, O.J. Brigance is living his toughest challenge.... O.J. Brigance has refused to succumb to ALS.

Instead, he has decided to fight and is expecting to win the battle. Brigance has often been thought of as the toughest man on the Ravens team. Despite the fact that he is in a motorized wheelchair and can no longer move or speak, he still inspires people all around him. He embodies the meaning of true strength, faith, and courage.

The Super Bowl XXXV Champion has decided to partner with the Packard Center for ALS Research by serving as an ALS Ambassador and also as the honorary chair for the Fiesta 5K. He has also created his own foundation, the Brigance Brigade, which helps ensure future patients and their families face a less daunting battle.

To learn more about the Brigance Brigade, please visit

$30 TO PRE-REGISTER- KIDS 8 AND UNDER FREE!! $35.00 Day of Race!!


Interested in being part of “Team Ravens Chix”? Are you a member of Facebook? Then go to this link to keep abreast of all the latest developments.

We do expect to get together on or around April 23rd to hand out the team shirts and get your pre-registration (saves you $5.00).

One final note…YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A RUNNER!!!

If you prefer a brisk walk instead we would still love to have you join our team! Here's a video from a couple years back that is sure to inspire!

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Ola Chicas!

Baltimore has a tremendous tradition of giving and supporting those in need. Our Ravens organization follows that same tradition. I want to invite Ravens Chix to a wonderful charity event on Sunday April 10, 2011 from 1 – 4pm.

Blankets for Warriors, will host its first blanket making event at Mercy Medical Center in the new McAuley Room. You are welcome to participate in this volunteer project that will provide handmade fleece blankets to Mercy Medical Center’s cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The blanket program is organized by the family and friends of, Janine Tolley, who died in June 2010 at the age of 51 from cancer. Janine was an energetic, powerful and selfless fitness instructor who preferred to give rather than receive. During chemotherapy, she was given a handmade fleece blanket that became her constant companion during the balance of her treatments. The gift inspired Janine and she wanted to do the same for others.

Tragically, she passed away before she could organize the project. However, Janine’s friends and family have joined together to carry out her vision and ensure that her wish comes true.

“Janine touched so many lives in so many ways,” explains her dear friend Ruthie Lombardi. “She was an inspiration to her fitness clients; she was a caring friend and a loving wife, mother and daughter. It was no wonder that one of her final wishes was to make blankets to give other patients comfort. During her battle with cancer we often referred to her as our warrior. We organized Blankets for Warriors to show our love for Janine and pay it forward the way in which she led her life.”

On March 20, Fitness for Warriors, an all-day fitness fundraising event held at Bally’s Total Fitness in White Marsh raised over $7000 for Blankets for Warriors. The funds will be used to purchase storage bins, sewing supplies and blanket materials. The event was well received by our generous sponsors; Ciena, New Balance, White Marsh Health Care, Take Shape for Life, Mars Supermarkets,, Queensgate Dental, Tim’s Automotive, Mary Kay consultant Susan Johnson, Bagel Works, & Kim’s Nails and Spa. Blankets for Warriors is still seeking volunteers to help on Sunday, April 10th 1- 4pm @ Mercy Medical Center’s McAuley Room.

If you would like to participate please contact or visit Blankets for Warriors on Facebook. The Blanket for Warriors event is the first step to ensure that Janine’s positive energy, her love for fitness and desire to help others lives on.

The group has plans to start a non-profit in Janine’s name and add additional projects to provide other comfort items to patients and to develop other projects to enhance the health and wellness of others.

Hope to see you there Chicas!

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Janine Tolley was a dear and devoted wife, mother, daughter and friend to many. Her love and energy were absolutely contagious and during the three years that I was blessed to have shared with Janine (she made it feel like a lifetime in all good ways) I know my life improved exponentially.

She was a gift to all who had the privilege to know her.

Janine was giving, selfless and kind and her dearest friends want to preserve her memory and “pay it forward” in ways that she would endorse. One of those ways is Blankets for Warriors.

While battling the monster of cancer Janine’s courageousness was remarkable. In her own unique way, she stared down that monster, maintained her dignity and never lost sight of living a healthy life. And through it all she continued to extend a helping hand to others – to provide security when she was really the one in need.

No wonder her friends have chosen a security blanket as a symbol of her legacy.

Please join us for a celebration of her fitness, courage, love, energy and friendship this Sunday at Bally’s in White Marsh from noon until 4PM where the following classes will be offered to members and non-members:

One-hour Classes

*12pm: Kwando (Kickboxing) with Gayle
*1pm: Yoga with Mary (bring mat)
*2pm: Zumba with Tracy
*3pm: Step&Pump with Susan & Char

Half Hour Pilates Classes

*2pm: Allegro Reformer with Jen
*2:30pm: Allegro Reformer with Jen

Your $20 tax deductible donation for the first class should be made by check payable to Mercy Medical Foundation- Blankets for Warriors. There are no additional charges by Bally's! The proceeds will fund the making of handmade fleece blankets for Mercy's cancer patients – THE WARRIORS. Health & Wellness vendors will be on hand. Refreshments, raffles & goody bags will also be given out.

*Those wishing to take more than one class are asked to make an additional contribution per class.

*Registration is limited and donation must be received to hold your place in class!

For complete information contact Krys Renzi at: or visit Bally's in White Marsh.

Hurry space is limited!

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 21st and Ravens Chix will co-host an intimate Q&A with the Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta, the last such event before the Ravens are on the clock just one week later on April 28th. The event will be held at Liberatore’s in Timonium and is intended for novice fans looking for an education on the draft as well as fans like who want to dive deep into draft discussions. This promises to be a pleasant and informative evening for men and women alike. $10.00 gets you a seat and access to a Liberatore's buffet. Doors will open at 6 for this event and Eric is scheduled to begin the Q&A at 7. Seating is limited to roughly 200. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a The Boys & Girls Group near Eric's hometown of Taunton, MA. We will be accepting questions in advance. I'll present them to Eric and our goal is to cover as many areas as possible vis-a-vis your submitted questions. Feel free to submit them below and finish them with (as example) Lisa from Hunt Valley. Mix 106's Jon Boesche will keep the evening going after the Q&A with dance music to get your weekend going in the right direction! Advance tickets are being sold at both the Liberatore’s in Timonium and in Perry Hall.