Support of Community Requested for Blue Needs You 8K as cold Temperatures Extend Season
SARATOGA SPRINGS – With record cold temperatures and severe winter storm warnings upon us, supporters of Code Blue Saratoga are gearing up for their third annual “Blue Needs You 8K” on April 15—and they’re sending that message across loud and clear to runners, donors and volunteers.
“When the temperature stays cold this far into the season, it just solidifies the fact that our constant need for fundraising never ends. The funds raised from this race are our biggest contributor to the ongoing costs of Code Blue,” said Michael Finocchi, Shelters of Saratoga executive director.
Shelters of Saratoga, the organization responsible for the operation of Code Blue, announced back on Valentine’s Day that it was the fortunate recipient of a generous gift from the Mitzen Family: a two-story building with construction fully paid for to provide a permanent home for Code Blue. But fundraising efforts must continue to provide furnishings, utilities and operational costs. The goal for the 2017 8K is to raise $43,000.
Race organizers have acknowledged that the annual Blue Needs You 8K is an essential part of Code Blue’s sustainability – not only for raising necessary dollars, but also to raise awareness among the community about the importance of providing the proper resources and programming for Saratoga Springs’ homeless population.
“The continuum of homeless services provided by Shelters of Saratoga often starts with Code Blue’s emergency shelter as the first step,” said Finocchi. “We’ve had a number of success stories who started in Code Blue and are now back on their feet.”
Runners are requested to register at This Website. The registration fee for the 8K Competitive Run is $30 early registration/$35 late. Also, the 400 meter Kids Fun Run is, as always, free. Extra donations are alsoaccepted through this site, as well as volunteer registration.
However you participate, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals who are living on the streets.
In other words, join the Blue Crew that Needs You!
The race begins at High Rock Pavilion on Saturday, April 15 at 8:30 am.