Pamakid Runners Donate More than $75k to Bay Area Non-Profits
July 23, 2009
Pamakid Runners Club, a San Francisco-based running club that strives to promote a healthy lifestyle through its support of the running community and charitable causes, donated more than $75,000 to Bay Area-based non-profit organizations thanks to the wildly successful, 26th annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5k in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park held on February 1, 2009.
“We are honored to be in a position to provide so much support to worthy charities in the San Francisco Bay Area,” says club president and coach Andy Chan. “Our San Francisco Half Marathon has grown tremendously over the past few years—due in large part to our title sponsor Kaiser Permanente—which has allowed us to provide even more support to our community, which is very exciting.”
The primary beneficiaries, each of which received $20,000 donations, include the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, and the Koret Family House.
Pamakid Runners also donated $10,000 to the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California and $5,000 to Sports Council, Palmer College of Chiropractic. Race organizers also gave free entries to more than 50 youth participants in the Students Run Oakland marathon training program.
“Harbor Light Center employees head out every night delivering sandwiches, clothing and sleeping bags to the homeless,” says Pamakid Runners’ social chair Phyllis Nabhan. “Our donation will help hundreds of people.” The Salvation Army’s live in/work out program focuses on the underlying roots of addiction through substance abuse education and counseling, as well as prepares residents for independent living and employment.
Koret Family House employees manned a water station during the race—one of the many ways the organization says “thank you” for helping them continue to provide families with children undergoing treatment at UCSF Children’s Hospital a place a comfortable, supportive residence.
In addition, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, puts its funds to good use by offering information, education and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families of disabled or special needs children.
The Pamakid Runners will celebrate its 40th birthday during the 2010 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K, to be held February 7, 2010.