Posted May 09, 2023 in Articles
Author: COURTNEY BYRNES
As 150 participants took to the starting line May 7 to raise funds through Move It! For Menorah Park, several also joined to cheer on the runners and walkers, and enjoy a performance by Jesse Jukebox.
Runners and walkers begin the 5K and 1-mile walk May 7 during Move It! For Menorah Park at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.
Before the race began, Diane Liliestedt, president and COO of Menorah Park in Beachwood, shared a few remarks to thank the supporters and explain the importance of the event.
“Financial success of this event is dependent upon all of you creating your teams and encouraging your friends and family to support you,” Liliestedt said. “When you win, we win, so thank you. This event raises precious operating funds so we can continue to provide superior services to adults as they age and excellence in care.”
With a goal of raising $100,000 for general operating costs to support Menorah Park’s services and programs for its residents, she announced that $80,000 had been raised as of May 5, with many participants still raising funds.
Diane Liliestedt, Menorah Park president and COO, addresses the 150 participants before the race.
Jane Furth, director of the annual campaign and outreach at Menorah Park, welcomes the runners and walkers to the race.
Jane Furth, director of the annual campaign and outreach, also welcomed the participants before the race. Furth and Joshua Berger, foundations operations manager, shared gratitude for the volunteers, donors and all those who came out in support, and the “small and mighty” team that made the event possible.
Tyler Bolaney is the top overall male finisher in the 5K run.
Jen Waters is the top overall female finisher in the 5K run.
Following the race, trophies were given to the overall first-place finishers for the men and women, and medals were given to the top finishers for each age group. In the 5K run, Tyler Bolaney and Jen Waters were the overall top finishers in the male and female category, respectively.
To add to the family fun aspect of the event, Jesse Jukebox performed at the finish line as families sat on the lawn and children danced to each song.
Jesse Jukebox performs at the finish line after the race.