Monthslong campaign for Neighborhood House culminates in SW Hope 5K

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:

COURTESY PHOTO BY KAELA GILGES - The kids fun 1K race kicked off the SW Hope running events. Organizers said that 236 runners registered for the April runs (the adult 5K and 1K combined) and 18 volunteers participated.

COURTESY PHOTO BY KAELA GILGES - The 1K kids race – which saw 55 young registrants – endured the brunt of the rainy weather, though spirits remained high.

COURTESY PHOTO BY KAELA GILGES - The 2017 SW Hope 5k event helped raise nearly $12,000 (equivalent of more than 47,000 pounds of food) for the Neighborhood House food pantry. The run was the culmination of a larger, months-long campaign by the Southwest Portland non-profit to raise the equivalent of 175,000 pounds of food for its emergency food box program.

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