Walk Like MADD 5K and MADD Dash 5K INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host its fifth annual Pinellas County Walk Like MADD 5K and MADD Dash 5K Run Friday, Sept. 19. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, the family-oriented event will be held on Indian Rocks Beach with festivities beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m.
Event planners hope to raise $35,000 to help further MADD’s mission to eliminate drunk driving, support the victims and families of DUI crashes, and prevent underage drinking. The event also strives to rally support for MADD’s educational programs and victim services in Pinellas and Pasco counties. All proceeds raised from the event remain in the community to further MADD’s life-saving mission of supporting and educating local families and youth on the tragic effects of drunk driving.
Participation is open to the public, and team participation by corporations, churches, and schools is encouraged. Registration is $15 for participants ages 5 to 21 and $20 for those ages 21 and over and includes a T-shirt and participation in the food, fun, and festivities.
Event include food from local restaurants and a musical performance by a surprise guest. For more information about the walk, please visit www.walklikemadd.org/pinellas.
Butterfly gloWalk, 5K Fun Run and Party ST. PETERSBURG – My Hope Chest is joining in the fun of charity runs and walks this fall and adding spice to the mix. The inaugural Butterfly gloWalk, 5K Fun Run and Party will take flight on Pass-A-Grille Beach Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
The charity event begins at dusk for an evening of fitness and fun along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. The party begins at the finish line at Hurley Park during awards, with food, competition games, libations and more supporting My Hope Chest’s mission providing breast reconstruction to uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors.
“My Hope Chest’s unique mission helps breast cancer survivors ‘transform’ into ‘butterflies,’” said My Hope Chest founder Alisa Savoretti. “We are hoping Tampa Bay businesses, groups and individuals that have supported breast cancer walks in the past will join our unique beach crusade of happiness this year to help finish for women what breast cancer had started.”
Just as a caterpillar may see its world coming to an end before it becomes a butterfly, women facing breast cancer are terrified by the unknown. Still, of those that survive treatment, many are unable to heal physically and emotionally because they lack the means for breast reconstruction. This is where My Hope Chest steps in.
The fundraising begins at www.myhopechest.org in June where supporters can sign up their butterfly teams and begin to rally fundraising support for My Hope Chest.
My Hope Chest will share a portion of proceeds to support local bill pay organizations that help patients in treatment.