ABC#158, for Heartland Head Start

Thanks to Heartland Head Start for writing this article. Thanks also to Audrey Sparks and David Weber for photography, and the the 38 participants/contributors.

Sunday, October 4th was a beautiful crisp morning to gather at Rosa Parks Commons to run for Heartland Head Start!  We successfully collected $786 to directly benefit the children and families they serve.  Special thanks go out to everyone who attended and supported the event.  Coffee, juice, doughnuts, yogurt, muffins and much more was provided to keep everyone warm and bellies full!

The Constitution Trail provided different options for our runners and supporters to choose their route for the morning.  Leaves of every color were on the ground as our feet hit the pavement and our lungs were filled with fall air!  It was a memory we will always cherish.

Heartland Head Start enhances the lives of children and families who meet the federal income and eligibility guidelines in McLean and Livingston County. They do this by providing a comprehensive child and family development program for women receiving prenatal care, children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and their families.  Over the years, we have completed multiple runs to benefit HHS.  Money raised has helped the agency pay for playground equipment, classroom supplies and various classroom projects.

HHS staff in attendance for the run included Executive Director Karen Bruning, Child Family Services Director Teri Meismer, Health and Nutrition Manager Autumn Wisz, Public Relations Coordinator Whitney Chesher and Family Resource Advocate Zari Gary.

Karen Bruning, HHS Executive Director, is incredibly thankful and appreciative by the continued support for HHS from the Lake Run Club.  She says, “the ABC run (Adventures Benefitting Children) is one of my favorite events of the year.  We are working hard to get a team to participate as well, as health and wellness is at the forefront of our services.  Meg and Merlin have been supporting our agency over the years with this run and it’s great to see community members giving back.  Our agency counts on non-federal match and community giving.  This is just one example of how great people do great things!”

Again, we appreciate everyone who attended this event and look forward to helping HHS again next year!


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