RICHMOND (Covering Fort Bend News) - For the second year in a row, the OutRun Hunger 5k Family Walk/Run hosted by Harvest Green has exceeded the organizers’ fundraising goal, this year raising $20,000 for local families living in East Fort Bend County.

This is the second year the Richmond community has hosted the race, which benefits East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, a non-profit organization offering assistance to families and individuals during times of temporary financial crisis.

“Last year, our goal was to raise $10,000 and we raised $13,500,” said Stacey Williams, development director for East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. “This year, we hoped to raise $15,000. To surpass that goal in such a spectacular fashion speaks to the generosity of the Fort Bend community as well as our big-hearted sponsors.”

The money will be used by East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry to provide food and financial assistance to children, families and seniors. Last year, the organization served 23,548 adults and 19,476 children.

Approximately 386 runners participated this year, up from 285 in 2018. The top three male and female finishers received awards. Kids received completion ribbons for participation in a separate Kids Run.

The event attracted 50 sponsors including platinum sponsors Roots magazine, the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry Board of Directors and PACE Mechanical. Gold sponsors included Children’s Lighthouse, Newmark Homes and Earthcare Management.

Newmark Homes underwrote the cost of the medals and ribbons. Messina Hof, which is building a wine room and restaurant in Harvest Green, provided wine at the finish line.

“This was an amazing weekend for everyone involved,” said Jerry Ulke, General Manager for Harvest Green. “We appreciate everyone who donated, sponsored and came out to support the runners. It is because of them that this event continues to be a success.”

For more information about East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, visit https://www.humanneeds.org.

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