Cely Garcia
Cely Garcia's Fundraiser

One wave sets thousands in motion.

Our annual fundraiser supports scholarships, our Adapted Seido Karate program, and Violence Prevention outreach in the community.

$616 towards $800

Hi friends -- as some of you may or may not know, since the beginning of January, Cassandra, 2HQ, Braylene (my niece) and Landen (her brother), have had to share their Cely time with a newly discovered passion for an art that has very quickly and adamantly found its way into my heart.

The happenstance of practicing Seido Karate at Thousand Waves, a community and practice so centered in love and self-betterment is an opportunity I feel eternally grateful and deeply fortunate for. Understanding my personal passion and commitment to building all-inclusive community, know that Thousand Waves is nothing short of an absolutely inspiring model organization that places community at the core of its mission.

Thousand Waves is a mission-driven not-for-profit in the city of Chicago that has been active in the community for over 32 years with a mission to foster fitness, healing, empowerment, and peacemaking.

Spirit Challenge Fundraiser supports Thousand Waves' work in three critical areas:

  • Scholarships, which provide funding for children and adults who wouldn't otherwise be able to study karate or self-defense.
  • Adapted Seido Karate (ASK), a partnership with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that provides karate for youth with disabilities.
  • Self-Defense/Violence Prevention, which provides Self-defense and Bystander Intervention workshops and courses all over the city.

With a personal pledge of $800, through this weekend and the following week, I am committed to helping Thousand Waves, NFP raise its goal of $125,000 in order that continues to do this important work.

Thousand Waves' name comes from the Japanese saying, "One wave sets thousands in motion."

Any amount will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for Thousand Waves. Thank you for your support!