Race for Safe Place Raised Nearly $25,000
The second annual Race for Safe Place raised $24,797 and involved 84 participants of all ages. The 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk event was held on the 500-acre Christian City campus in south Fulton County.
“With the 2020 Race for Safe Place cancelled due to COVID-19, we were very excited for this year’s race to happen in person,” said Mary Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, founder of the Christian City Teen Board, host of the annual Race for Safe Place.
Proceeds benefit Christian City Children & Family Programs, including the Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, which provides trusted help and a place of safety for runaway and homeless youth who are on the streets and in danger of human trafficking.
“We are grateful to the sponsors and participants who came out to support the important work that impacts many lives,” said LaVann Landrum, Christian City Chief Advancement Officer.
The overall female and male winners, Jessica Ridley and Jason Veclotch, each received a pair of running shoes, compliments of Dragonfly Running Company in Newnan. Every runner received a race t-shirt, and prizes were awarded to top runners in each age division. Top sponsors at the “Triumphant” level included: The Coleman Family, Misty Meadows Foundation, Kelly Rodts, RDJE, Inc. – Ronny Jones, and an anonymous sponsor.
Children’s Village house parent, Josh Ellig, led a warm-up for participants prior to the race. Safe Place Coordinators, Tam and Kelvin Finlay, thanked runners, walkers, and sponsors for supporting the mission.
“We take calls from youth in all types of crisis situations – locked out, kicked out, and domestic violence, for example. We bring them to the Safe Place home at Christian City and help get them back to some type of normalcy and permanency,” said Tam Finlay.
Eight senior residents, three Trustees, several staff members, and Christian City’s President and CEO, Keith Horton, participated in the race.
“We are thrilled to host this event on Christian City’s beautiful campus, where our mission each day is to help children and seniors thrive,” Horton said to the crowd before the race. “Thank you to the Teen Board, sponsors, participants, volunteers, staff, and all who made this event a great success,” he said.