AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) (www.avdaonline.org) will hold its 17th Annual Race for Hope on Saturday, October 8th from 7:30 -9:00 a.m. at Anchor Park in Delray Beach. The race, which includes a USATF certified 5K and 10K, will be held in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is expected to draw over 1,000 runners, walkers, spectators, and volunteers.
Now in its 17th year, AVDA’s Race for Hope challenges local businesses, schools, and organizations to form teams. Race participants can set up fundraising pages for themselves or for a team. Teams or individuals who raise the most money are presented with awards. AVDA is also accepting “No Sweat” donations from individuals who wish to donate or fundraise from the comfort of their home. AVDA is a Town of Palm Beach United Way Funded Partner.
Festivities will include music and prizes. For the fifth year, The Original Pancake House will sponsor a pancake breakfast for both participants and sponsors.
Liz Quirantes of CBS 12 will serve as the official mistress of ceremonies for the event.
“AVDA provides people in domestic violence situations a safe place to go,” said Scott Miller, Co-Chair of the Race for Hope.
“This race is not only an important fundraiser, but is also an opportunity to let those who need help know where to turn for help,” Jean Magrella, Co-Chair of the Race for Hope said.
Special awards–the “Hometown Hero” awards—will once again be given to the fastest male and female police officer and fastest male and female firefighter in the 5k run. All police officers and firefighters on active duty in Palm Beach County are eligible to compete to be a “Hometown Hero.” Hometown Hero discounts are available with current ID. Registration fees are waived for police officers and firefighters on active duty registered as a Hometown Hero.
Online registration in going on now through Friday, October 7th at noon. Please visit www.runsignup.com and enter AVDA’s Race for Hope to register. Race Day registration begins at 6:30 am, immediately followed by the 5K and 10K at 7:30 am and Kid’s Dash at 8:30 am. Registration prices range from $10-$30 per person and increase to $10-$35 on Race Day. Race for Hope T-Shirts will be given to the first 500 registrants only.
Sponsors currently include, 4Girls Foundation, Marshalls, The Vegso Family Foundation, The Arendts Family, Airamid Healthcare Services/Kane Financial Services/Accomplish, Avenue Pilates, Spodak Dental Group, Grau and Associates, Delray Beach Elks Lodge, Miller Physical Therapy, Robert Half, Yaffa & Associates, Beverly Cordner, Delray Downtowner and The Original Pancake House. Media Sponsors include CBS12 NEWS and The Delray Newspaper.
Proceeds from the Race for Hope benefit AVDA’s 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and Casa Vegso Transitional Housing facility as well as the outreach, educational and prevention programs offered by AVDA throughout Palm Beach County.
AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse. For more information about AVDA’s services, to register for the event or for sponsorship information, please visit www.avdaonline.org and click the “17th Annual Race for Hope” link, or call 561-265-3797, ext. 109.