Thanks for visiting the Just a Penny Please page. My name is Michael Capozzoli, most people call me “Cappi”. Perhaps you were referred here by a friend and don’t know me. Personally I’ve never experienced abuse. It just wasn’t part of my world as kid, husband or father. Then, through a volunteering experience, my eyes were opened. Opened in a way that change my life forever.
According to the federal government’s statistics intimate partner violence, sexual violence and abuse are a widespread public health problems in the United States. On average, 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 10 million women and kids. Those numbers only tell part of the story—Nearly 2 million women are raped in a year and over 7 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year. These are the reported case, we can only imagine the true numbers.
So who is Michael Capozzoli. I’m a 65 year old man, through hard work dedication and some luck thrown in, I’ve had what some would call a blessed life. Since I was a teenager I’ve been a goal setter. Over the course of my life I’ve had many success and many failures. Or, as I prefer to call them, them opportunities to “reset”. At age 22 I began study Martial Arts earned a Black Belt and become a teacher of the Arts. At the age of 27 I chose a career in sales. Not knowing a thing about sales I took my craft seriously, seeking out the experts and learning everything I could from them. At the age of 38 I had a tremendous fear of public speaking. To overcome this fear I went on stage and told a few jokes. This turned into 10 years as a professional stand-up comedian. All while being a father, husband and businessman. Several years ago I set a goal to complete a marathon, January 2013 I was able to check that off the list, finishing the Sedona Marathon 26 miles 385 yards. Shortly after that I began training for the 2015 Senior Olympics, finishing 7th in my class in both events. I take my goals very serious, I don’t set goals that I’m not 100% committed to and believe in my core that I can achieve. Someone once told me ” If your goals don’t scare the hell out of you, then they aren’t big enough”.
This is the biggest goal I’ve ever set and it scares the hell out of me. I am 100% committed to walking across America from California to Boston. 3000 miles, 5,000,000 steps in roughly 300 walking day, raising $10,000,000.
I’m only asking for $2 per step. How many steps toward helping abused women and children will you support? Hit the Donate button and be Part of Something Magical. Over 90% of the money raised is going directly to building safe houses. Empowering women and kids, giving them the opportunity to have happy, safe, productive lives. Most people think that’s a good idea, what do you think?