Supporting Local Charities
The race has a long history of donating race proceeds to local non-profits, and the race currently partners with several charities to use the race as a fundraising platform.
Runners have 3 engagement options this year:
- You can state that you are happy the race supports good works, and not direct funds to any specific charity.
- You can specifically direct funds to one of the participating charities
- You can actively fundraise through a customized pledge page.
The 2017 Charity Partners are: (in order of joining the race)
DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services is a community-based non-profit agency that has been serving the youth and communities of Western MA since 1977. Providing a wide array of services that foster youth empowerment and community service. Over the course of the last three decades, thousands of area youth have been served by the agency in Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the North Quabbin Region.
Cancer Connection provides a haven where people with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers can learn to cope with the physical and emotional turmoil that is part of a cancer diagnosis and to explore ways to enhance their strength, their hope and their care through support groups, integrative therapies, creative activities and education. All services are offered free of charge.
The Art Garden serves the rural hilltowns of western Massachusetts, creating a bridge between community art practices and contemporary art thinking. They provide low-cost, sliding scale, and free cultural programming for the community. They create a nurturing, non-judgmental, and inspirational environment where people of all ages and experience engage in the creative process, and explore and exchange ideas through individual and collaborative art-making.