I have been teaching Karate and Self-Defense in this area for many years and have been organizing an annual charity kick-a-thon for quite a few years as well.
We just added a second charity option for this coming week's event (we had previously set it up to benefit Direct Relief, itself a very worthy cause). The United Way of Western Connecticut created the 'Sandy Hook School Support Fund' to provide support to people affected by this tragedy in normally very quiet Newtown, CT.
We will be attempting to perform 2013 punches + 2013 kicks in the adult class. In the kids' classes, we will try to do as many as 500 kicks. It is a challenge, to put it mildly. But we will all try, knowing that we are doing it for a great cause (or two).
Please note that this is a bit personal for me, as I grew up in Newtown. Teaching Karate and self-defense to our community is my life. I want to keep kids as safe as possible. I started teaching Karate in Newtown in 1984. It is possible that some of my past students had children at that school.
For more information on our kick-a-thon event, please see the following:
If you make a donation to support our efforts, please send me a note (firstname.lastname@example.org; if the Palo Alto Online staff decides to edit out this email address, hopefully they will at least keep "Please contact me through the website"). You can take the tax benefit and try to get company matching. I am just keeping track of our fundraising efforts.