The Badger Prairie Health Care Center will hold its second annual Helping Community Charities 5K Fun Run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
Badger Prairie Health Care Center volunteer coordinator Jeff Lyon said the event will be a “fun and interactive” experience for community members as well as nursing home staff and residents.
This year, all proceeds from the race will be donated to The Beacon, a day resource center for people experiencing homelessness in Dane County. Operated by Catholic Charities, the center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 615 E. Washington Ave., Madison, every day of the year.
Lyon said the run will begin at the Badger Prairie Health Care Center in Verona, and continue through the Ice Age Trail within the adjacent Badger Prairie County Park. The event will be held regardless of the weather.
Those interested in participating must sign up on the Badger Prairie Health Care Center Fun Run website at runsignup.com by noon on June 4. The registration fee is $35 per person, plus a $3 sign-up fee.
Everyone who registers before May 31 will receive a free T-shirt with the Badger Prairie Health Care Center Helping Community Charities logo and a gift bag with more information about The Beacon.
There is also a donation page on the Badger Prairie Health Care Center Fun Run website where people can choose to support The Beacon without participating in the Fun Run – or give more if they are running.
Last year, donors and 70 Fun Run participants raised money to build a playground for The Beacon. Lyon said the organization’s goals this year are “raising more money” and attracting at least 90 participants.
Catholic Charities marketing specialist Carrie Fox said The Beacon helps over 225 individuals a day with jobs, mental health needs, housing and medical care.
She said the race will be an exciting chance for communities to get together and address homelessness.
“It’s a very family friendly event,” Fox said. “It gives everybody an opportunity to support something that is a big issue in Madison.”