Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2019


Runner/Walker Registration Open to Support 23+ Area Nonprofit Groups;
400+ Are Already Committed to Lacing Up Their Shoes


The Spirit of Giving network is excited to roll out their inaugural family-friendly Community Spirit Race a 5K, and 1-mile run to benefit a collection of 23+ local nonprofit organizations. While registration remains open at for serious runners to casual walkers, more than 400 nonprofit supporters will be raising money until they hit the starting line on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Stadium.


Elida Barrios and
Renette Verhaeghe- (Operation 120)
Diane Evans- (Girls on the Run PBC)
Ivonne Rodriguez- (Unicorn Children’s Foundation)
Lindy Harvey,
Sue Diener
and Alana St John – (Spirit of Giving)
Donna Biase and
Debbie Ellman – (Best Foot Forward)

This certified and chip-timed 5K & 1-Mile Run/Walk starts promptly at 7:30 a.m., awards will be given for top qualifiers in three age groups for male and females.  All participants receive finisher medals and T-shirts. Post-race is a “Community Heroes Fun Run” for kids, healthy breakfast, awards ceremony, along with a Kid’s Zone of family activities and a Nonprofit/Vendor Expo promoting Health and Safety.

According to Spirit of Giving’s Executive Director Sue Diener, this first-time event was conceived to bring together nonprofits, businesses, and individuals for an opportunity for nonprofits to raise awareness and much-needed funds to support their missions without having to individually shoulder the costs and organize the logistics.

“This ‘cooperative’ event is all-encompassing, fun and efficient so that the participating nonprofits and their supporters need only focus on raising funds,” Diener continued.  “It’s an opportunity that allows individuals to set a goal, raise money, and walk together with friends, family and neighbors; it’s a  WIN WIN for all involved.”

The Community Spirit Race is seeking runners (individuals and teams), volunteers and sponsors of financial
or in-kind donations of services or goods.  To show Community Spirit of Giving, sign up today at! Participating nonprofits include APT Kids; Best Foot Forward; Boca Raton Firefighter & Paramedic Benevolent; Boca Raton Police Athletic League; Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County; BPAN Warriors; CROS Ministries; Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.; IMPACT 100; Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services; Junior Achievement of South Florida; Junior League of Boca Raton; KidSafe Foundation; MECE Preschool and Kindergarten; Operation 120; Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton; Sonfish Outdoor Adventure Program; Speak Up for Kids; Special Spaces Boca Raton, Spirit of Giving, Talented Teen Club, Unicorn Children’s Foundation and United Community Options.

Spirit of Giving has been a nonprofit leader in researching and implementing best practices that educate and build capacity to strengthen its community as a whole for over 15 years.
“Comerica is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2019 Community Spirit Race. By partnering with a collaborative organization like the Spirit of Giving network, we feel confident that our support will go further to benefit the many nonprofit organizations in the South Palm Beach County area,” said Greg Dalmotte, Comerica Banking Center Manager.


Other sponsors include: BB&T, Children’s Services Council Palm Beach County, BEATZ 96.3, TD Bank, Colonial Life, Great Charity Challenge, 4 Girls Foundation, Orangetheory, Fast Signs Boca Raton, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl and Kaye Communications (KCOM-PR).

For more information on how you, your business or nonprofit can participate, visit or contact us at, 561.385.0144.


Sue Diener, Linda Harvey, Alana St. John (Spirit of Giving)


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