The 20th annual Color Me Shamrock 5K begins in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday.
More than 500 people came out on a cold morning in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday to help a local sorority stop child abuse in Mississippi.
They took part in the 20th annual Color Me Shamrock 5K, hosted by Kappa Delta Sorority.
It was done to raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America. And for the first time, the event was held in East Hattiesburg, beginning and ending at Town Square Park.
Organizers hoped to bring in more than $40,000.
"It's really exciting to have this big of a turnout, because it means so much to us and it's so awesome that other people enjoy it so much and they want to support us," said Whitney Johnston, a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and organizer of the event.
Johnston said 80 percent of the funds raised will stay in Mississippi, going towards the Mississippi Children's Justice Center.