House of Hope hosts ‘Run for Hope’
Host of Hope is excited to announce the 2nd annual Run for Hope 5K and 10K Run/Walk organized by the Pee Dee Realtor Association. This event, benefitting the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Homeless Shelter, is raising funds to provide emergency shelter and services for the local homeless men, women, and children in the Florence Community and surrounding areas.
The Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Homeless Shelter was named after Courtney McGinnis Graham for her tireless efforts to help the homeless. Courtney's passion and selfless love for the homeless was evident as she was used to bring light, life and hope to those in need. She provided a warm meal, safe shelter, or words of encouragement to those in need. Homeless children gripped her heart, and her persistent tenacity always helped to find them a place to stay. While she ministered to their needs, Courtney longed to have a place for them to call home. Her ministry to homeless men, women and children continues to be an inspiration to our community and her vision surpassed her life. In her memory, the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter was opened October 17, 2016. Daily the shelter serves 30 men, women and children.
Most citizens of the Pee Dee and surrounding areas do not realize that homelessness is an issue. Each day there are over 400 homeless men, women and children in the community. Of the homeless population over 100 are unsheltered,. Many are women and children. The Community Shelter offers a safe shelter, food, clothing and case management services to those that come seeking a place to rest their head.
**The race will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 500 Second Loop Rd., Florence (Post Office/Margaritas Parking Lot). Registration will begin at 6:00am. The 10K runners will start at 7:25 and the 5K runners will start at 7:30.
Finisher medals will be given to all participants. Overall finisher male /female will be given and age division awards will be given at the end of the race. Age divisions will be 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 and older.
5K Early Registration- $25 (cut-off May 31)
5K Registration- $30 (June 1-22)- race shirt not guaranteed
5K Onsite registration - $35- race shirt not guaranteed
10K Early Registration- $35 (cut-off May 31)
10K Registration- $40 (June 1-22) race shirt not guaranteed
10K Onsite registration - $45- race shirt not guaranteed
**Packet Pick-up will be at the Pee Dee Realtor Association located at 1375 Celebration Blvd. on June 22 from 3-7 pm (Use doors on backside of building)
** We are also part of the Pee Dee Grand Prix Race Series and this is the perfect race for you to build your points
Thank you to all who participate in this wonderful community event and for showing your love and support for the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Homeless Shelter. It truly means so much to so many!