Community 'showed up' for hungry neighbors
Despite a chilly wind and rain, the annual SW Hope 5K and kids 1K pushed on April 22 at Gabriel Park.
"We were amazed that over 200 people in our community showed up to run in the pouring rain," co-organizer Kristy Duggan said. "The sun came out right as the last runners were crossing the 5K finish line, and it was a wonderful ending! We are incredibly grateful for the strength and passion of our community to ensure that our neighbors do not go hungry."
Organizers estimated that registrants raised around $11,850, enough for 47,400 pounds of food for the Neighborhood House food bank. Fundraising was aided by a dollar-for-dollar match for $5,000 worth of registration fees by the Richard and Helen Phillips Charitable Fund.
The 2017 fundraising efforts more than doubled last year's totals — organizers said the 2016 5K raked in an estimated $5,000 in donations, or the equivalent of 22,000 pounds of food.
Photographer Kaela Gilges was at the event and captured some moments from the day: