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27th Village Shalom Father’s Day Run A Great Way To Celebrate

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Members of the Kansas City Jewish community, the regional running community and families wanting a fun start to Father’s Day will be on hand at Village Shalom on Sunday, June 15 for the 27th annual Village Shalom Father’s Day Run/Walk. The race begins at 7:30 a.m., with race-day registration opening at 6:00 a.m.

More than 600 race participants took off from the starting line of last year’s Village Shalom Father’s Day Run. Organizers are hoping for an even larger turnout for the 2014 event.

The 5- and 10-kilometer run/walk event is sponsored by the Village Shalom Associate Board, a group providing volunteer and leadership opportunities for young Jewish adults in the Kansas City area.

“The Father's Day Run is an important fundraiser for Village Shalom,” said Renee Polsky Silver, Village Shalom Associate Board president. “It is a great opportunity for the entire Kansas City Jewish community to come together, enjoy a family event, and raise money for a common cause. It’s also a great way to meet new people and know that we are all there for the same purpose.”

That purpose is to support Village Shalom’s programs and services for individuals and their families confronting the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. All proceeds from race sponsorships, donations and registration fees will contribute to that effort.

Besides attracting the Jewish community’s support for Village Shalom, the Father’s Day Run gains a wider audience as an officially sanctioned race by the Mid-America Running Association, drawing hundreds of runners from all over the region. Last year’s race attracted more than 600 runners and walkers in the 5K and 10K events.

In addition to the race, participants and family members can also enjoy a Kids’ Fun Run, a children’s arts-and-crafts tent sponsored by U.S. Toy/Constructive Playthings, and a pancake breakfast served by Chris Cakes. Stationed along the race route will be officers from the Overland Park Police Department, who will direct traffic and provide security for race participants.

“Race day is filled with a lot of excitement and so many activities,” said Jeff Stolper, who is co-chairing the race with Lisa Stolper. “We just want as many people as possible to come out and experience it.”

For sponsorship opportunities, to register for the race or to make a donation, visit the race website, www.fathersdayrun.org, or call Monica Pontarelli, Village Shalom Development Associate, at 913-266-8469.