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Saturday, June 29, 2019, the volunteers at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, were up and out at 5:00 a.m. preparing for our first Freedom 5K Fun Run – yet another way the firm strives to raise money for Veterans’ causes. We were thrilled to have 373 registered runners/walkers and lots of cheerleaders – friends and family – come out and support our Veterans on a warm June day.
Beyond the runners and walkers, there were 80 volunteers, setting up, hydrating participants – taking care of all the important details that make a 5K run. Also, thanks to the generosity of many local restaurants who donated food and condiments for refreshments, and other businesses who gave us discounts and deals to help with the cost of making this fundraiser successful and beautiful!
Our first Freedom 5K Fun Run, with a generous match from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, raised more than $25,000 that will be split between two amazing causes.
WVU-P Scholarship for Veteran Recipients helps pay for housing, fees, transportation and other things the G.I. Bill may not cover for a Veteran. Another great program, Project Yoga MOV provides one-hour classes twice a week at Full Circle Yoga in Vienna, WV. Steve Barnhart teaches this class and has created a wonderful program with the help of Pat and Cheryl McHugh. As a perk, each Veteran receives a new yoga mat at his or her first class. Full Circle Yoga has given out more than 100 yoga mats since December 2018. This program helps Veterans physically and mentally as well as offering great friendship and support.
The race was completed by the first runner in under 20 minutes, and our first walker completed the race in just under 35 minutes. We also had a “Spirit” competition. More than 50 participants dressed up in their most patriotic attire.
Chalked up as a great success, we look forward to our second annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank our sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without you. Our Veterans and their families are so deserving, and we are honored to be able to help them in any way we can.
It’s camaraderie like this that inspires us to continue our work in the community. It’s also the work we do each and every day to help Veterans get the benefits they deserve. If you ever need a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law