Serving Memphis, Jonesboro, Little Rock & nearby in the Tri-State Area
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by Rosie Graves
We just wrapped the 2017 Love Well 5K & Festival, and what a great event to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis. When we started this event, we wanted it to have a uniqueness to it that other races didn't have. There are so many incredible causes in Memphis, and even more great events to accomplish that end. How can a 5k race be unique, and how can Redeemers Group accomplish loving Memphis well. The answer was to choose a different beneficiary for the race each year. Beyond fundraising, we've realized that the spotlight that it puts on the charitable organization can sometimes outweigh the fundraising effort. How exciting is that? To create opportunities for these lesser known groups, and make sure everyone knows about them. The ripple effect of that is simply awesome.
On March 3, 2018, we will run, walk, or crawl across the finish line for Serenity Recovery Center. Why? Glad you asked.
Memphis is one of those cities with a culture all its own. It is also home to a serious drug problem. Memphis isn’t alone in this battle to fight drugs; drug and alcohol abuse is a countrywide issue that needs attention, but we will focus here. The state of Tennessee ranked 10th in the nation for drug-induced deaths, according to a state report issued by the Center for Disease Control in 2007, and their data shows steep increases in the years since. The facts are alarming. Many people, whether it is spoken of or not, know someone who has battled addiction. Further, it is a sad reality that many many "treatment" facilities do not have a buring passion for permanently treating addiction. We wanted to put the spotlight on addiction, and wanted to be certain that the beneficiary was absolutely a place that cared deeply about the addicted patients that walk in their door.
Serenity Recovery Center has that burning passion, and therefore, they are the 2018 beneficiary for The Love Well 5k & Festival. A board member revealed that Serenity Recovery Center gets very few donations each year. Yet, they are a FREE facility desperately trying to make an impact in Memphis. We have chosen to love them well, and we hope that you will join us.
Visit the event website HERE!!!!!