Martha's Village & Kitchen is celebrating record turnout and $90,000 in funds raised from their recent 5K on El Paseo, organizers announced.
Calling it the largest fundraising event in their 21-year history, the Village says the annual Thanksgiving Day 5K walk/run attracted nearly 2,000 participants in its first year being held on Palm Desert's El Paseo.
"Through the hard work of our staff, 137 dedicated volunteers, and over 1,900 runners and outstanding sponsors, this year’s Thanksgiving Day 5K was our best ever," Bob Therieau, online communications manager for the organization said Tuesday. "When the final accounting was done, the event raised a little over $90,000 for our Food Services and Emergency Food Distribution over the coming year."
Therieau provided the following key numbers from the event:
- Total registrants: 1,925
- Volunteers on race day: 137
- Photos taken by Martha’s and Infinity Timing: Over 4,000
- Meals served at the race: 350
- Meals served at Martha’s on Thanksgiving: Over 650
- Gross proceeds: $142,000
- Net proceeds: $90,500
Therieau tells Palm Desert Patch that the race will return to the El Paseo location in 2013.