Announcing Chicago’s Largest 4th Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness,
Music Revolution & Inaugural Veteran STAND DOWN
Chicago, IL – July 8, 2014 – A Safe Haven Foundation is proud to announce that the 4th Annual 5k RUN! To End Homelessness, Music Revolution concert and Inaugural Veteran Stand Down will take place on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 in Chicago’s beautiful and historic Douglas Park. The North Lawndale park will see thousands of runners, walkers, music lovers, A Safe Haven supporters and Veterans coming out to run or walk the 5K, listen to the artists on the Music Revolution stage, and connect to Veteran services at the Stand Down. North Lawndale is one of the dozens of communities throughout the Chicagoland area where A Safe Haven does some of its most impactful work transforming lives from poverty to sustainable self-sufficiency. The event is also featuring a private VIP Kickoff Party for the event Honorary Hosts including over 60 elected officials, Sponsors and Community leaders on Friday July 11th, 2014 from 5:30 pm at a Phil Stephanie Restaurant 437 Rush.
5K RUN! To End Homelessness
The chip-timed 5K begins sharply at 8am across the street from A Safe Haven main headquarters and shelter located at Roosevelt Rd. and California Ave. The race requires online registration at a rate of $40 for each person, which includes Run or Walk bib, commemorative T-shirt, sunglasses, and event swag bag. T-shirts and other swag items will also be made available on race day. There will also be in-person registration available at packet pick-up and same day registrations available at a rate of $40 and $50, respectively. For the Kids Fun Run, kids 12 and under are free but do require registration online in advance. Free fruit, snacks, and cold beverages will be available for participants while they enjoy the awards and concert on the Music Revolution stage following the RUN/Walk.
The 2014 Music Revolution will showcase Top Chicago emerging artists lending their considerably talented voices to the thousands of homeless and voiceless individuals across the state. The performance line-up features Chicago Artists: ILL STATE, Laura Bretan, Michael Record, Xochi and Mighty Fox. Fresh off the release of their new EP, Oceans, on June 24th, Chicago, IL based alternative-rock band Mighty Fox will be headlining the event. XO and Dinahlynn Biggs will emcee the event. DJ Fade returns to turn up the music at 6:30am. The National Anthem and Chicago ZUMBA instructors will kick-off the race and the line-up and award ceremony continues after the RUN.
Veteran Stand Down
Immediately following the above events A Safe Haven is hosting an Inaugural VETERAN STAND DOWN in the Douglas Park Field House from 10am-3pm. A Veteran Stand Down is a Veterans only event which offers veterans in need direct access to clothing, haircuts, healthcare services, education, employment, and housing. The event brings vendors and sponsors from all industries offering benefits, services and opportunities to Veterans. Lunch and Army Surplus Gear are provided for all Veterans in attendance.
“Sunday is an exciting day for everyone involved in the 5K RUN!, Music Revolution, and Veteran Stand Down, hosting a 5k RUN/Walk in Douglas Park in Chicago is so on message for us as we seek to transform lives and communities from ‘ground zero’. I am overwhelmed this year to see the record number of people and teams signing up to participate in many, many ways. Every year our neighbors in the community are inspired to see this event grow and to witness the support and concern for their community and to see the real and measurable difference we can make through our collective efforts.” said Neli Vazquez Rowland, President.