MSU Safe Place Celebrates 20 Years at Race for the Place 5K
Residents from across mid-Michigan came together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Michigan State University Safe Place’s Race for the Place 5K on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The race started off at MSU’s Jenison Field House and took participants on a scenic route through campus.
In that group of runners and walkers were over 50 MSUFCU employees.
“As part of our CU Healthy program, the Credit Union pays for employees’ registration fees at local races. It’s such a great way to give back to the community we live in and get exercise with co-workers,” said Rachel, MSUFCU employee.
The Credit Union was pleased to be a platinum sponsor again this year and strengthen our partnership with MSU Safe Place, which is MSU’s on-campus domestic violence shelter and advocacy services provider.
“Since MSU Safe Place began offering services to our community in 1994, MSUFCU has been a wonderful supporter and partner. MSUFCU is clearly committed to supporting initiatives that make a difference in the lives of others, and MSU Safe Place does just that. We are thrilled that MSUFCU was able to partner with us again this year for our 20th annual Race for the Place event,” said Holly Rosen, MSU Safe Place Director.
In total there were more than 625 participants who registered to run, walk, or wheel in the 5K, and each person received points toward their 2014 Playmakers Greater Lansing Race Series goal. Many people made this a family-fun day, as along with the regular 5K events, there were kids’ events such as a 1-mile fun run and 100-yard dash for children. After the race, children were awarded with a medal and small, plastic basketball or football for MSU athletes to sign.
“We receive a great deal of support from MSU, but we rely heavily on the success of fundraising at events such as Race for the Place, our largest fundraiser each year, and the generosity of our sponsors and donors,” commented Rosen. “These critical revenue sources allow us to offer a wide range of services to domestic violence and stalking survivors, and community members at no charge. MSU Safe Place would undoubtedly not have as large of an impact without the support from MSUFCU and our community.”
Make sure you check out the race photos that were taken at the event and download yours for free on MSU Safe Place’s Facebook page as a special celebration of the 20th anniversary of Race for the Place!
For more information about MSU Safe Place, visit www.safeplace.msu.edu.