Registration is still open for the 7th Annual Walk For Wishes® 5K Walk/Run, to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Walk For Wishes® presented by Publix will be held on February 25, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University Recreation Fields located at 10501 FGCU Boulevard South in Fort Myers.
The fundraiser is a certified timed 5K walk/run; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk/run begins at 8:30. The ‘Family Fun Day’ which is included with registration begins after the walk/run and includes food, bounce houses, a rock wall, balloon art, face painting and more fun activities. All ages are encouraged to participate in the event to help make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Chairs for the fundraising event are Dorothy Blasingim and Tammy Teece of Regions. The goal for this year’s event is to help raise enough money to grant 23 local wishes. The fundraiser is a family-friendly event powered by wish families, volunteers, donors, and friends.
Sponsors for the walk/run include: Publix, Family Thrift Center, Regions, Shoreline Carpet Supplies, Trusted Choice, Feil Inc., Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, Health Fund Solutions, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Business & Entrepreneurship Student Club at FGCU, Joey D’s Restaurant, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Lee Health, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Scott M. Craven, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Island Coast Pediatrics, It’s IT, Neaher Law, Once Upon A Child, R&R Sprinkler and Sod, Red’s Ok Tire and Blue Ocean Press.
Walk For Wishes pre-registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 13 years of age and younger. Registration is available online at www.walkforwishessfla.net to sign up as an individual or to register a team.
Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Southern Florida chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 10,000 wishes since its inception in 1983. The chapter’s vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit www.sfla.wish.org or call 239-992-9474.