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The mission of the Woodlawn Run for a Cause, Incorporated is to raise awareness and to raise money for a variety of causes in the Bronx and Yonkers, while encouraging good physical health. The organization’s goal will be to identify persons in need in the community and to be able to contribute to their mission and well-being. The Woodlawn Run for a Cause will encourage members to run and to participate in physical activity to raise funds for these needy organizations. These organizations will come from a variety of need-areas, including scholarship (Scholarship America), health care (Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center), elder care (Compassionate Care Hospice) and poverty (Part of the Solution), to name a few. Members will exist of people of all ages primarily from the Bronx and Yonkers, but will also be open to individuals in surrounding areas. The Woodlawn Run for a Cause will focus on these charitable organizations and encourage its members to volunteer at local organizations and to raise money for these causes through exercise, running and walking. Participants will be encouraged to participate in Woodlawn Run for a Cause events to raise money for designated charities that are relevant and important to the community. All funds raised by the Woodlawn Run for a Cause will be returned to the community in the form of donations to these local charities. The corporation will use its board of directors to spread word of the missions of certain charitable organizations, and encourage members to donate their time and money to support these groups. The Woodlawn Run for a Cause will exist as a charitable organization enabling local residents to raise awareness and funds for other charitable organizations in their area while staying in shape.
Over the last four years, the Woodlawn Run for a Cause has had more than 575 people complete the 3.1 mile course. More importantly, a $2,500 donation was made to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund in 2007, $2,600 was donated to the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in 2008, $3,000 was donated to the Compassionate Care Hospice in 2009 and $4,200 was donated to Part of the Solution (POTS) last year.
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