March 26, 2017

30A 10K 2016 Charity Partner for a Safer South Walton

The 30A 10K race is proud to announce their charity partners for the 2016 race. A fundraiser to help create a “Safer South Walton” on Thanksgiving Day in Rosemary Beach, Fla.

Date: May 2, 2016

Media Contact: Amy Stoyles

Co-race director of the 30A 10K

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“A Safer South Walton” is the theme for the 2016 30A 10K race, which is proud to announce our four charity partners for this year’s fundraising event: all dedicated to the mission of keeping local families and children safe.

The four charity partners include: the South Walton Fire District, the Walton County Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Anchorage Children’s Home and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc.

The 2016 Thanksgiving Day race will mark the 5th anniversary for the 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run, which brings runners from across the country to South Walton to share in three days of running and special shopping events with the mission to raise funds for local charities. In the past four years, the race has donated more than $150,000 for local non-profits and hopes to see that total rise above $200,000 this year.

“We are so excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary by raising money for such wonderful Walton and Bay county charities,” said Race Director Karen Meadows. “We invite everyone to come join us as we help these deserving local causes.”

The race’s board of directors are particularly excited about two of the newest charities to partner with the event: the South Walton Fire District and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc.

“There are so many great charity organizations in our area helping people in need right here in Walton and Bay counties,” said co-race director Craig Baranowski. “It was very difficult to select these four. We are excited to help support these non-profits and look forward to future years when we can continue to help many more.”

With the help of the 30A 10K’s donation, the South Walton Fire District hopes to purchase a “Bulls Eye” Laster-Driven Fire Extinguisher Training System that will expand their ability to train thousands of locals to know what to do in the event of a fire at their home or office.

“We are thrilled and excited to learn that the 2016 30A 10K‘s Race has chosen South Walton Fire District as one of their charity partners,” said Fire Marshall Sammy Sanchez. “The “BullsEye” state of the art system will allow us to conduct live hands on fire extinguisher training (indoors or outdoors) to all our community partners (day cares, hospitals, senior living centers, hotels, etc…) that require this training or are just looking to increase their fire safety awareness for their business or home…Thank you 30A 10K for helping us make South Walton safer.”

The Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation is the second new charity to partner with the 30A 10K event this year. The Guardian ad Litem Foundation is a volunteer based group that serves as court advocates on behalf of children. The foundation provides funding for basic needs for these children such as diapers, clothing and food.

“The donation the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc.. will receive from the upcoming 30A 10K charity race will tremendously help this non-profit program continue to be a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Walton county” says Charles E. Schuster, President, of the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc. for Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.  “Our GAL foundation supports the needs of this program that is reliant upon local volunteers to help be the voice for each child that has been the result of an abusive or neglectful relationship.”

The race continued its partnership with two other local 501c3s including the Walton County Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Anchorage Children’s Home.

Last year with the help of the 30A 10K and their own fundraiser event – the Zombie Run – the Sheriff’s Department was able to donate $30,000 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“We are so excited to be a part of the 30A 10K race again this year,” said Maggie Heelan with the Sheriff’s Department. “Last year our goal was only $15,000 and we doubled it. This year we hope to again far exceed our donation goals for Juvenile Diabetes Research.”

Continuing the race theme of helping create a safer South Walton, our fourth charity partner is Anchorage Children’s Home. Anchorage is a non-profit center in Bay county that provides a safe haven for abused and neglected teens.

“Anchorage is so excited to be a charity benefiting from the 2016 30a10k run event,” said Development Director Brooke Bullard. “Last year, the donation assisted our programs serving homeless youth in our community.  Anchorage is the only organization providing emergency shelter and outreach services to homeless and/or runaway youth in our area.  Annually we serve over 1,000 children and families through the many services Anchorage provides.”

Registration is now open for the 2016 30A 10K race. Please learn more about our charity partners and how you can run or volunteer and support our event.

About Craig Baranowski

Craig Baranowski is a co-founder and co-race director of the 30A 10K and co-founder and President of Hammer Down Multisport, the Emerald Coast's largest triathlon and cycling club. Craig is an avid cyclist and a USCF Category 2 Masters Racer. He is also one of the areas top Realtors and lives on 30A with his wife and two girls.

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