(The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation's Turkey Trot 5k run takes place November 13 starting at 2 p.m. with registration near the Payne Center on the main Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. Visit www.tinyurl.com/GPCFTurkeyTrot for more details. Further details in this press release sumbitted to WDAM7.)
Hattiesburg, MS - The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation will host their second annual 5K on November 13 with registration starting at 2:00 pm and the walk/run starting at 3 pm outside USM's Payne Center. Participants can register online at tinyurl.com/GPCFTurkeyTrot. Proceeds will benefit the Pine Belt area's local Community Foundation and enhance the quality of life for Pine Belt residents.
The event is called Turkey Trot 5k –We're "Overall" Thankful for our Community. Participants are encouraged to wear overalls or a turkey costume as they walk or run the 5K. In addition, all nonprofits or churches who have an endowment are encouraged to set up a booth to showcase how they serve our community.
There will be plenty of door prizes, special prizes for race winners, and the cheering of ARC participants as they walk or run – and they will be led by a turkey! In addition, local artist Vixon Sullivan has created ceramic artwork for the overall winners and DJ Kujho will entertain the crowd.
The main purpose of this event is to bring together all local nonprofits, especially those who have a "charitable savings account" with the Pine Belt Community Foundation, and honor all donors who have invested in their community forever. The Foundation's annual 5k also gives participants the opportunity to become a "Friend of the Foundation", an annual giving opportunity that supports your local Community Foundation and enables it to strengthen the infrastructure of our nonprofits, churches and school.
The Community Foundation is reaching out to young professionals to encourage their participation in philanthropy. So this year the PineBelt Community Foundation will give a $500 grant to the fraternity or sorority with the highest percentage of participants. This grant will benefit the nonprofit philanthropy that the fraternity or sorority endorses.
The Community Foundation believes that the Pine Belt can be strengthened by charitable giving and connecting passionate, philanthropically minded people together for causes that matter most to them. The Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3), allowing gifts to be tax deductible as allowed by law.