Univera Serve First Event

Kentukianna 5K Event Raises $10,000 for Blessings in a Backpack!

Univera Team Kentukiana was thrilled to work with New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming to promote the 1st “IRun 5K” on October 7, 2017. Harvest Homecoming is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and used the IRun 5K as the kickoff event for the 9-day festival. The IRun 5k started and ended at Jay and Shelly Sorg’s Sport and Wellness facility, with the race beginning at 8:30AM. While there were only 4 weeks to promote the event, over 200 runners showed up! The Univera team handed out Xtra samples to each runner and had a drawing for a bottle of Xtra at the end of the race.

The run was a fundraiser for Univera Serve First and the Floyd County chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that was started in Louisville, Kentucky in 2008. It now serves children struggling to get enough food in 45 states, including Indiana. In 2009, several compassionate citizens decided to take steps to address the hunger problem among Floyd County’s youth population and brought the Blessings in a Backpack program across the Ohio River to Indiana. Thanks to widespread support in the community and a coordinated effort by many volunteers, the Floyd County Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack has grown into one of the premier Blessings programs in the nation. It has the distinction of being the first chapter to create a county-wide “hunger-free zone” instead of each individual school being responsible for securing its own volunteers and funding.

Thanks to the generous donation of gifts and operating expenses from the sponsors: Univera, Strandz and Threadz, Shelly Sorg’s Transformation Training, Jay Sorg’s Baseball Academy, Big Games, and Pacers and Racers – all the proceeds from the individual runners were made available to the charities. Many of the runners made additional contributions to this worthy cause. With the compassionate matching funds from Univera Serve First, the total donation to Blessings in a Backpack was $10,000. Every $200 donated feeds a hungry child for an entire year. Work is already underway for the 2018 event and more than 400 runners are expected to take part next October. All in all, it was a tremendously successful event.

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