COLUMBIA CITY -- Parkview Whitley Hospice will kick off National Hospice Care Month in November with its first Pumpkin Run, a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. The events will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City. Check-in will begin at noon, and the entry fee is $20 for both events.
The running events are being held to increase awareness of the benefits of Parkview Whitley Hospice services, recruit hospice volunteers and raise funds for Parkview Whitley Hospice.
Participants are encouraged to honor the memory of a loved one by adding a commemorative sign in the Pumpkin Patch at the event by contributing $35 per person commemorated. A loved one’s name also may be added to individual T-shirts, which are orange and long sleeved. The cost is an additional $3 to have a loved one’s name printed on the T-shirt.
All proceeds from the events will benefit Parkview Whitley Hospice, which provides family-centered care for the patient, and emotional and spiritual support to everyone involved. Parkview Whitley Hospital includes nurses, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers.
Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the following age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+.
Businesses in the community are encouraged to support the running events as sponsorship opportunities. The sponsorship opportunities deadline is September 1. Sponsorship levels include:
Presenting Sponsor ($2,500) – Listed as Presenting Sponsor in all publicity materials; banner prominently displayed at the event; logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
Host Sponsor ($500) – Host Sponsor sign at the event; logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
Pumpkin Patch Sponsor ($400) – Sponsor sign at the perimeter of the Pumpkin Patch (an area of remembrance with names of loved ones); logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
10K Course Sponsor ($400) – Sponsor sign on the course; logo recognition on event shirts; logo recognition in printed event materials.
5K Course Sponsor ($300) – Sponsor sign on the course; logo recognition on event shirts; logo recognition in printed event materials.
Shirt Sponsor ($300) – Logo recognition on event T-shirts; logo on printed event materials.
Runners’ Snack Sponsor ($200) – Sponsor sign at awards ceremony; logo recognition in printed event materials.
Awards sponsor ($100) – Sponsor signs at awards ceremony; logo recognition in printed event materials.
For additional information, contact Candice Yeakle at (260) 248-9802 or Candice.firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration is available at Foundations.Parkview.com/Pumpkin Run.