Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently announced the 3rd Annual Smile Mile and 5K race taking place Saturday, May 11, presented by St. Joe Community Foundation. This year, the 5K course will take participants through the canopied roads of the WaterColor community.
“The growth of this race over the past few years has been really inspiring to watch,” said Mike Gavigan, race chair and board member of CVHN. “This year, we are hoping for 600 racers and encourage local families and visitors to join us to support this amazing nonprofit.”
This CVHN signature event is fun for all ages, stroller-friendly, and will help raise funds that will be used to improve the health and well-being of kids in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. With more than 20 percent of children in both counties living below the poverty level, CVHN is a safety net for children who would otherwise have nowhere to turn for medical, dental and vision care.
Medals will be given for the fastest runners based on age groups and two grand prizes will be awarded for the largest registered team along with the team that brings in the most money. Registration is now open at www.cvhnkids.org.
“Last year we introduced team fundraising to the event. We believe this addition helped play a role in doubling our monies from the previous year from $25,000 to over $50,000,” said Kelly Thompson, development director of CVHN. “It was so fun to see all of our team leaders come together, spread the word about our mission, and raise additional funds!”
The participation fee for the 5K is $30, and the Smile Mile is $15. Participants will receive a commemorative shirt and enjoy live music and food before the awards presentation. Fees will increase by $5 after April 1.
All proceeds from this event will support programs at Children’s Volunteer Health Network, which spends 94 cents of every dollar raised to help local children. CVHN has two main programs — the CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach and a Mobile Dental Clinic that visits elementary schools and local charities.