We are excited to announce the 1st annual Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Realtor Association of the Greater Pee Dee. We would like to invite you to join us for this special day. This event, benefitting the New 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.
The New Courtney McGinnis Graham Community 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 Florence Community do not realize that homelessness is an issue. Each day there are over 400 homeless men, women and children in the Florence 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 24, 2017 at 500 Second Loop Rd., Florence (Post Office/Margaritas Parking Lot). Registration will begin at 7:45 am. with the run/walk starting at 9:00 am.
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.
**Packet Pick-up will be at the Realtor Association located at 1375 Celebration Blvd. on June 23 from 5-7 pm (Use doors on backside of building)
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!