Team PENCIL Personals


 

Team PENCIL runners Kim Buff, Daniel Donnarumma, and Mario J. Carroll

The TCS New York City Marathon is coming up this Sunday, November 4, and we’re so proud of Team PENCIL! As we count down to the start, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the inspiring New Yorkers who are running on behalf of PENCIL, and fundraising to help connect students to success. We hope you’ll join us in promoting the race among your supporters and followers and consider donating in honor of these incredible athletes.

Thank you to Team PENCIL for your dedication and support! Ahead, meet Kim and Daniel, and hear more about what running for PENCIL means to them.


Name: Kim Buff
How did you hear about/get involved with PENCIL?
My husband of 18 years, Keith Buff, and I have kind of always loved running. It’s our way of therapy, stress reduction and just plain fun! That being said, we put our names in for the marathon lottery thinking we would never get it. Well wouldn’t you know? He got in. But not me! 😮 I decided not to let him have all the fun so I began my research on charities to raise money as an entry to the big race. My search was super overwhelming at first, not going to lie, but I knew my focus would be education. When I read about Pencil I was inspired; and hooked! As a special education teacher for the past 18 years myself, I absolutely loved this concept! I am a true believer in “real life” connections and experiences and that these are where kids can learn the most; about themselves and about what they are good at. I loved how Pencil makes these critical connections day in and day out. I am proud that I raised money for such an inspiring and noble cause!


Name: Daniel Donnarumma
Occupation: Accountant
How did you hear about/get involved with PENCIL? 
Through Bloomberg coworkers who would talk about the determined and hardworking students trying to have successful careers.
What inspired you to run the marathon?
I wanted to challenge myself to do something I have never done before.
Why is it important to you to help connect NYC students to success?
I think it is important for everyone to have a mentor. Given that I have (semi) recently gone through this experience, I can give advice to these kids on things I did and things I wish I had done. At this critical time in their life, it is important to make good decisions on college and jobs in order to set these young people on a path for a strong future.


Name: Mario J. Carroll
Occupation: Attorney
How did you hear about/get involved with PENCIL?
I first got involved with PENCIL by volunteering with the PENCIL Partnership Program at my law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
What inspired you to run the marathon?
Setting aside the added benefit of exercise, my participation in this marathon is really in the spirit of the legend from which the term “marathon” is said to come. I’m inspired by PENCIL’s cause and I’m running as an act of support for PENCIL and to raise awareness about its cause.
Why is it important to you to help connect NYC students to success?
Opportunity is a spark that ignites ambition. For so many NYC students, matching their ambition with opportunities will set the wheels in motion for them to succeed and become a change agent in their own lives and in the lives of others. There may be no greater cause than to empower the youngest among us to become their best selves and bring about the world they want to see. That’s why it’s important to me to help connect NYC students to success.