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Are you a runner? Like to jog or walk? Want to support a great cause? We’ve got an event for you on May 26!

Crawford and Boyle is a proud sponsor of the 4th Annual Run for Kids 5k and 1 mile Fun Run, which supports the Walton County Boys and Girls Clubs.  Sign up for this May 26 race by clicking here, or read more about it below (courtesy The Walton Tribune).


Officials from Walton County Boys & Girls Clubs hope fundraiser will help with shortfall

By Robbie Schwartz

While there are no delusions the event will erase the $100,000 projected shortfall for the Walton County Boys & Girls Clubs, officials are hoping to put a dent with the fourth annual Run for Kids 5K and 1-mile fun run.

Registration is already under way for the May 26 event, which will begin with the fun run at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K at 8 a.m., both beginning at Felker Park, 725 S. Madison Ave., Monroe. The 5K will be through town and the fun run on a paved trail in the park

 In addition to adding such things as a vocalist performing the national anthem, the race has now been certified as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier.

“I have been a runner for more than 30 years and laid out this course. It is flat and fast,” said David Dickinson, president of the Walton County Boys & Girls Clubs advisory board of directors. “If you want to see what you can do, this is the course for you.”

While the course is certain to attract the most avid runners, the event itself is a family-oriented event, with those wishing to just walk as well as parents pushing strollers encouraged to participate.

The money raised by the event will stay in Walton County and benefit the two clubs in Walton County — John P. and Joyce C. Stevens center in Monroe as well as the club in Social Circle. With the projected shortfall, quarterly fundraisers like this are a means for the nonprofit to help make up funding where possible. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000.

“This year we have had very good support from the community in terms of sponsorship,” Dickinson said. “It’s just the economy. It’s tough, but we have still enjoyed great community support.”

The fees are the same as last year, at $15 per runner if registered before May 16. Registration will be $20 after that day leading up to the day of the race. There is also a family rate of $50 that covers four family members and special rates for high school cross country teams. Registration can be done online at www.active.com or checks made out to Walton County Boys & Girls Club can be mailed to Run for Kids, Attn: David Dickinson, 38 N. Broad St., Monroe, GA 30655. Those mailed must be postmarked by May 16.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers in overall, master, grand masters and three deep in standard five-year age groups. Race sponsors are also still needed. For more information on the race or becoming a sponsor, call 770-601-9809 or email mayord@monroe access.net.

The Boys & Girls Clubs provide educational and social activities to more than 700 youth in the community, 96 percent of which are classified as economically disadvantaged. The two centers are open after school Mondays through Fridays and longer when schools are closed during spring break, intersessions and the summer.

The shortfall will represent about 20 percent of the overall budget for the two clubs and would men the club would have to cut back on programs offered as well as hours of operation.

“We need every penny to keep the doors open and lights on,” said Melanie Unchuan, executive director of the Monroe club. “Last year we could not open during fall break. This was a challenge for many of the parents.”

“The Boys & Girls Club is not a top-down organization,” Dickinson added. “The local board has to raise every penny through grants, local sponsors and other funding mechanisms. If we don’t get it, there is no parent organization to come bail us out.”


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