WACAP’s Vice President of Fund Development Mary Duncan is excited about the 2019 Race for Home, our 5K family fun run! Here’s what she loved about last year’s event and why she can’t wait for what this year has in store!
Last year’s Race for Home was a hit, and it returns this year, same place, same time!
Here’s what I loved about last year’s Race for Home … and five reasons I’m looking forward to our second year of this great family fun run! I hope you’ll join us.
1. It’s an important month!
The Race for Home happens during National Foster Care Month, a month that highlights the needs of children and youth in foster care and what we can do to help in our communities. As we’re expanding our work in the Pacific Northwest to serve more children in foster care, the Race for Home couldn’t happen at a better time.
2. You can be part of something special … and really fun.
This fun run, walk, roll or stroll is an opportunity for people to come together to share their support, learn more about the need in their own community, and have a great time with their family and friends. It’s a festive day, where you can dress up for the race (wear blue for Foster Care Month) … and enjoy a day knowing you’re making a difference for children. What’s better than that?
3. The memories are priceless, and the smiles are awesome.
One of my favorite moments during last year’s event was the Kids’ Dash—a short, pre-race run for the kids. There was a plethora of children that participated. (I remember seeing a whole lot of excited 8-year-old boys at the starting line just filled with energy and ready to go!) There were kids dressed in costumes, all lined up, all waiting to run, their faces covered in smiles – so many smiles. I’m looking forward to this event again this year.
4. It’s all about community.
This sunny spring event brought out such a sense of community and purpose, even among people that didn’t know each other or that were meeting for the first time. Companies that sponsored teams learned more about the needs of children in foster care and how they could help through donating, volunteering, or becoming a foster parent. Families and their kids brought teams of their friends. Donors and volunteers pledged their help and support. Seeing a group of people that didn’t necessarily have ties otherwise rally together to do something really incredible for children – it was really inspiring.
5. The race is on!
We’re already channeling last year’s race momentum this year. Here are a few more reasons to get excited about 2019’s Race for Home.
You can …
- Spend time with your friends and neighbors while introducing them to a cause that’s near and dear to year heart!
- Enjoy scenic Seward Park in the spring!
- Support our work through this family-focused, family friendly 5K at your own pace.
- Learn about kids that need foster or adoptive families—and what you can do.
- Have fun in a relaxed, happy atmosphere (with face painting, bubbles, costume prizes, a bean bag toss, games and more).
- Enjoy a mellow, warm fuzzy, unhurried morning.
- Dance along the way! Yes, there’ll be a DJ to inspire you!
- Know you’ve accomplished something great. (May the Fourth be with you!)
About WACAP’s Vice President of Fund Development, Mary Duncan: Mary Duncan first volunteered with WACAP in 1993, working at an orphanage in Romania and soon after, joined WACAP’s staff as a case manager. Also an adoptive aunt and adoptive sister, Mary continued to serve children and families at WACAP as a supervisor in adoption programs and in family recruitment. Now as Vice President of Fund Development, she enjoys the opportunity to interact with donors and supporters and sharing about WACAP’s transformational work for children.