Race for the Future, a 5K run/walk held Oct. 12, raised approximately $35,000 to benefit the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund. A total of 791 runners and walkers registered for the 5K event, 79 registered as Dream Partners, and another 78 participated in the Kid’s Dash.
Total proceeds over the race’s 17-year history are close to $302,000. The popular metro-area event is held at Lee’s Summit West High School. A photo gallery and race results, including times and a video clip of all runners and walkers, are available at www.lsedfoundation.com.
A competition for student/staff participation (including runners, walkers and staff volunteers) was also held on race day among Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. For the eighth year in a row, Hazel Grove Elementary School won first place honors. Second place went to Cedar Creek Elementary School. Each school receives a traveling trophy and a $500 grant from the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation. Third place school was Sunset Valley Elementary. Fourth place was Highland Park Elementary, and fifth went to Hawthorn Hill Elementary.
Dozens of area businesses and individuals donate funding, gift certificates and food to Race for the Future. In addition, the event involves more than 85 volunteers.
The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established in 1993 to raise and manage resources in order to expand educational opportunities. The Foundation is a way for citizens to invest in today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders and the future of Lee’s Summit by making tax-deductible donations which are utilized for non-recurring expenses. Donations help provide educational experiences above and beyond the core curricula and help initiate programs that challenge and encourage students at all levels.
The Carrie Foresee Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Carrie Foresee, a former Lee’s Summit High School student. Carrie died Sept. 3, 1996, as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident. Funds from Race for the Future support scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.
For more information about Race for the Future or the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund, call Sheryl Franke, Foundation director, (816) 986-1015.