Run4Shel­ter Moon­light Edi­tion set for Sept. 9

The Star Democrat - - LIFE -

STEVENSVILLE — Haven Min­istries is host­ing a new Run4Shel­ter Moon­light Edi­tion on Sept. 9 at a new lo­ca­tion at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Busi­ness Park, near Ter­rapin Park, in Stevensville.

This is the ninth an­nual Run4Shel­ter event, which ben­e­fits Haven Min­istries Inc., a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Queen Anne’s County. Haven Min­istries pro­vides hope through shel­ter, food, cloth­ing and sup­port to men, women and chil­dren, and op­er­ates a home­less shel­ter, food pantry, thrift store, street out­reach and trans­porta­tion pro­gram, and a re­source cen­ter.

Pro­ceeds from this event are used to keep all of these pro­grams op­er­a­tional. The Run4Shel­ter event is named in honor of Haven Min­istries shel­ter ser­vices, which last year served 31 men, women and chil­dren from De­cem­ber through April.

The 10K race will be­gin at 5:30 p.m. and will travel along the Cross Is­land Trail. The 5K race will be­gin at 6 p.m. and will cover the scenic grounds of Ter­rapin Park on paved and gravel paths, as well as off-road sec­tions of grass and sand. All run­ners and walk­ers must com­plete the course by 7:30 p.m. Pets, roller skates, skate­boards, strollers and other wheeled de­vices are not per­mit­ted on the course for the 5K or 10K race.

Ac­cord­ing to Krista Pet­tit, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Haven Min­istries, “The event pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit our shel­ter ser­vices, which are an im­por­tant ser­vice to the res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County. Last year, we served 10 chil­dren, along with their par­ents. Many nights in the late win­ter, the shel­ter ex­pe­ri­enced ei­ther near or full ca­pac­ity con­di­tions.

“We have re-en­er­gized the Run4Shel­ter by cre­at­ing a fun night­time event for this year. We think it will be a lot of fun for peo­ple of all ages. You don’t have to be a run­ner to par­tic­i­pate. We want peo­ple to come out and have a good time.”

The af­ter-race party will in­clude food and bev­er­ages from area restau­rants, in­clud­ing a beer truck pro­vided by Har­ris Crab House, as well as a DJ for danc­ing. There will be award fin­isher medals for all race fin­ish­ers.

More than 50 vol­un­teers par­tic­i­pate in this an­nual event and this year there are more than 40 com­mu­nity and cor­po­rate spon­sors, in­clud­ing Bronze Level: Trades of Hope/Holly Gorham, Mary Kay/Cor­bie Haas, I Live for Christ, Edward Jones/Wil­liam Caughey, Splen­did Con­sign­ment Shop/Avon, Le­gal Shield/Joe Al­le­gretti, Honey and Lace/Natalie’s Honey Hut, So­lar City/Michael Sousa and Com­puter Is­land/ Lolita Watkins; Sil­ver Level: Lund­burg Builders, Sa­lon Ate­lier, Howard Bank/Kara Plum­mer, Maid Healthy, Ch­e­sa­peake Hear­ing and Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press; Gold Level: Bayview Por­traits by Cindy Sig­mon, Har­ris Crab House, Hem­ing­ways, ArtCademy, Rail­way Ti­tle, The Nar­rows and Ri­ley Con­struc­tion; Plat­inum Level: Safe at Home Se­nior Care, Prospect Bay Coun­try Club; and Ben­son and Man­gold/Chuck Man­gold Jr.; Sap­phire Level: The Bay Times; and Di­a­mond Level: In­crete.

The Run4Shel­ter event is held each year on the sec­ond Satur­day of Septem­ber. On­line reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able on run4shel­ or by call­ing 410-739-4363. The event will be held rain or shine, and en­try fees are non­re­fund­able.

T-shirts and fin­isher medals will be pro­vided. T-shirt sizes and avail­abil­ity is not guar­an­teed for those regis­ter­ing af­ter Aug. 24. A “5OFF” dis­count code for a re­duced rate on reg­is­tra­tion will be avail­able for a lim­ited time.

Haven Min­istries op­er­ates a Re­source Cen­ter at St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Church in Cen­tre­ville from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, with job train­ing, ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming and case man­age­ment ser­vices. The Haven Min­istries Food Pantry is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the third Fri­day monthly at Safe Har­bor Pres­by­te­rian Church in Stevensville. The Daily Thread Thrift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Haven Min­istries, visit http:// www. haven- minis or call 410-739-4363.


Pic­tured are par­tic­i­pants in a pre­vi­ous Run4Shel­ter event. This year’s event will be held on Sept. 9 in Stevensville and will raise funds to­ward the op­er­at­ing ex­penses of Haven Min­istries and its home­less shel­ter, food pantry, thrift store, street...

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