FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, one of the most respected non-profit grief centers in the nation, will host its ninth annual Run for Hope 5K Festival on Sunday, April 29 at the West Los Angeles Civic Center & Bandshell. The Run for Hope is the only event of its kind in the nation- a day dedicated to celebrating and honoring the memory of loved ones who have died. Every year, the Run focuses on community engagement, and bringing people together to support each other in memory of their loved ones. Deeply rooted in the community are the Presenting Sponsors â The Hollander Family and Karma Rescueâ who will honor this commitment by showcasing the power of unity by uniting hands with paws.
âWe are proud to help unite the community in the memory of their loved ones,â said Michele Prince, Executive Director, OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, âThe Run for Hope is our largest event of the year with an expected 1,700 attendees who have pledged to raise over $500,000 for essential grief support services and the collective benefit of our community.â
The event will be filled with activities for those participating in the walk or stopping by to show their support. With registration, participants can personalize t-shirts with their loved ones' photos commemorating and celebrating their memories, and on Sunday, April 29 take part in three key events: The In-Memory Ceremony, 5K, and Festival. Additionally, there will be an In-Memory Wall inviting participants to write and place the name of their special person who died amongst others also being remembered.
The Presenting Sponsors - The Hollander Family, and Karma Rescueâ are further exemplifying community commitment by bringing smiles to participants with a dog-kissing booth where all can receive a smooch by a pooch. Karma Rescue will also bring some of their rescue dogs, as many who are mourning the death of a loved one are often calmed and reassured by the loving companionship of a pet. Jackie Hollander says, âMy vision for OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center and Karma Rescue is to have these two wonderful organizations collaborate by uniting people and animals at their most vulnerable times, helping them provide solace and support for each other.â To honor the memory of participantâs pets who have died, all will be able to memorialize them on the Zuma Memorial Wall.
A variety of vendors likely in attendance include: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, BAI Water, Yelp, New York Life, Trader Joes, YogaWorks, LA Trial Lawyersâ Charities, VI Aesthetics, Natureâs Bakery Bars, Homemade Harvey, and Di Dioâs Italian Ice.
9th Annual Run for Hope In-Memory Walk & 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, April 29, 2018 7:30am-Noon
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Centerâs Run for Hope is a day to share grief, loss & love;
providing the community with a sense of hope & connection.
Where: West Los Angeles Civic Center & Bandshell 1645 Corinth Ave. LA 90025
Schedule of Events
6:30am: Check-in/Registration/Packet Pickup opens
7:30am In-Memory Walk Sponsored by The Rapaport Family
An intimate ceremony for adults-only led by OUR HOUSEâs Adult Clinical Team where participants have the opportunity to share about their loved one who has died, and listen as others share their stories of grief, hope and healing.
9:00am 5K Run/Walk & Family Fun Run
10:15am: Awards Ceremony
11:00am: Raffle Draw
8:30am- Kid Zone + Festival
12:00pm: Spread the Love. Spread the Hope. #OHRun4Hope #pawsandhands #karmarescue
Registration and Info:
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About OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center:
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is one of the nationâs most respected organizations for grief support and education. For 25 years, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark on their journeys to hope and healing following the death of someone close. The safe, warm, and nurturing environment of their Los Angeles centers offer support groups specific to age and relationship. OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USCâs Keck and UCLAâs David Geffen Schools of Medicine. To learn more, please visit www.ourhouse-grief.org or call 1.888.417.1444.
About Karma Rescue:
Karma Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving animals in need by finding them permanent homes and providing the resources for successful companionship. Through education, Karma Rescue instills the critical need for spay/neuter, and offers guidance to strengthen the animal-human bond. Karma Rescueâs vision is to help create a compassionate society, which provides safety, refuge, and protection for all animals.
Contact: Lori De Waal