Seven Rivers Regional Raises More than $4,000 for Community Youth Program
posted on January 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm
This past fall, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center once again fulfilled an ongoing commitment to support a worthy cause in their community. And they did it with the help of a couple of hundred runners.
Through the Annual Kings Bay 5K, which draws runners from around the region, Seven Rivers Regional was able to donate $4,225 to the Eckerd Youth Alternatives Early Intervention and Prevention Services’ Hi-Five Citrus Program.
“Every year, we choose a new recipient of our proceeds from the 5K based on requests that community organizations send to us,” said Dorothy Pernu, marketing and communications at Seven Rivers Regional and co-chair of the event planning committee.
“This year, the needs of the Hi-Five Citrus Program just seemed to fit our goal of helping a local organization that offers health and/or human services assistance to community members.”
Specifically, the Hi-Five Citrus Program plans to use the funds to send at-risk students on field trips that will help model positive situations for their lives, and also to educate parents on similar lessons their students are learning while in the program. Overall, the Hi-Five Citrus Program exists to teach sixth grade students about resisting peer pressure, problem solving and social skills that help them fight against drug use and other harmful behaviors.
Six hospital Associates assisted Dorothy in planning the event. They included: Lisa Stearns (co-chair), Joseph Brooks, Lori Guthrie, Amy Kingery, Debbie Ludlow and Susan Wright (recently retired). On the day of the event, many more Associates and their families volunteered. In addition, more than 15 community sponsors donated in-kind and monetary support to the event.
The team got the word out through traditional media releases and advertising, but also through tapping contacts through their local chamber of commerce, visiting businesses one-on-one and using Facebook.
Seven Rivers Regional plans to host the event for years to come.
“This is just a great event to bring together our community in support of one of our own,” said Dorothy.