5k Raises $91,000 for Wounded Warrior Project
The University of Virginia Foundation, in partnership with Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports will present a check to the Wounded Warrior Project on Friday, July 6 between 12 – 2pm at a special Post Race Celebration which will be held at the Dabney Grove Pavilion in the UVA Research Park.
The 4 the Wounded 5K, held on June 2nd, was the UVA Foundation’s 2nd annual Research Park 5K and was a huge success. With the collective effort of over twenty representatives from firms located in the UVA Research Park serving on the organization committee, fifty corporate sponsors, roughly 1,000 runners and walkers, and many community race-day volunteers, more than $90,000 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
WWP provides programs and services to assist injured veterans and their families during their recovery, rehabilitation and transition. Whether through caregiver retreats, combat stress programs, career and education services, or adaptive sporting opportunities, Wounded Warrior Project’s vision is to help make this generation of wounded warriors the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation’s history. The Lead Sponsor was ACAC Wellness & Fitness Centers who also organized the Kids’ Race. Walmart provided all water and food, and encouraged employees to volunteer and agreed to reward their time with a corporate donation to the WWP. Monticello Media and Charlottesville Newsplex were official media sponsors. All race related expenses were paid for by the UVA Foundation and its partner, Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports, allowing for 100% of race proceeds to be donated to the WWP.
“This race, the beneficiary, and the amazing support we’ve received from sponsors and volunteers alike surpassed our wildest expectations,” says Deborah van Eersel, Chief of Staff and Director of Marketing for the UVA Foundation. “Soldiers from NGIC parked cars, a color guard helped us open the event, military vehicles were on display, the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck displaying a giant American Flag dominated the start/finish lines, there was live music, and an all-around great vibe was felt by all. It was a lively and patriotic morning and we could not have been more proud and satisfied with the results!” The University of Virginia Foundation helps to promote and accommodate the University of Virginia’s future academic and research related activities through the acquisition, development and management of real property. For more information about the UVA Foundation and the University of Virginia Research Parks, call Deborah van Eersel at 434.924.0696 or visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.uvafoundation.com.