Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation Announces First Annual Race to Rally Hope

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Race to benefit children with special needs in Georgia.

Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Georgia families who have children with special needs, is excited to host its first annual Race to Rally Hope charity run. The Race to Rally Hope is part of a two-day celebration in October that also includes a Pre-Race Dinner featuring running legend Dick Beardsley.

This year’s event will be held on October 17 at 8:00 a.m. and features a 5K, 10K and half mile Fun Run. The race will begin and end at the North Point Village Shopping Center located at 7300 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA. Registration is available online with entry fees varying on length of run and date of registration. Runners will receive a commemorative Race to Rally Hope t-shirt. Immediately following the race food and drinks will be provided to all runners. An awards ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Finish Line Village. Awards will be presented for the 5K and 10K top finishing male and female as well as the top three finishers in 13 different age groups. Race to Rally Hope is included in the Run & See Georgia Grand Prix 2010 series and is a certified Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. To register for the Race to Rally Hope, please visit http://www.racetorallyhope.com.

Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation will celebrate this first annual event with a Pre-Race Dinner on October 16 featuring Dick Beardsley, a running legend and motivational speaker. After a successful athletic career including winning several prestigious races and the famous “Duel in the Sun” second-place finish at the 1982 Boston Marathon, Dick has also triumphed over multiple injuries and prescription drug addiction. Dick has become a passionate, inspirational speaker who will be sharing his emotional story of strength, perseverance and hope. The Pre-Race Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. Tickets for this event are $15 per person. For more information, please visit the Pre-Race Dinner informational flyer at http://www.racetorallyhope.com.

Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation will also be collecting used sneakers at the Race to Rally Hope to support the GreenSneakers program. This program is a uniquely effective program that impacts people in need around the world. By making used tennis shoes available as affordable footwear in developing countries, GreenSneakers engages in enhancing economic development opportunities through job creation. Shoes are also given to agencies handling large scale disaster and humanitarian relief efforts. All used sneakers can be dropped off at the registration tables on race day. Each donation will qualify for a raffle ticket for a drawing that will take place after the race.

Race to Rally Hope has received donations and sponsorships from iStar Financial, Windward Pediatric Dentistry, Reynolds Plantation, Harry’s Farmers Market, Shane’s Rib Shack, Carmine’s, Graphic Solutions Group, Summit Learning Center, Mix 1, Cliff Bars and other local businesses.

About Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation
Founded in 2007 by Occupational Therapists Brett and Nell DeVore, Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation provides scholarships to Georgia Families who can’t afford therapeutic services and equipment for their children with special needs. Guided by the need to shape better lives for these children, The Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation believes that all children deserve the opportunity to grow into healthy, productive adults. Through partnerships and support from corporate and private donors, grants and charitable events, quarterly scholarships are awarded based on therapeutic and financial needs of each family. For more information, please visit http://www.kiddosclubhousefoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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