Steven K Latimer 5K—Help For Kids Who Lose Parents to Violence
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) has announced that it will be the presenting sponsor of the First Annual Steven K. Latimer Memorial 5K, Families Against Violence Run/Walk to be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Roger Williams Park in Providence. Proceeds from this certified run/walk will fund the Steven K. Latimer Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund will provide educational scholarships to Rhode Island children who have lost a parent or parents due to an act of violence.
“Bank Rhode Island is proud to support our friend and colleague, Myra Latimer, with the establishment of the Steven K. Latimer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Steven’s death was the result of a senseless act of violence, but his life will be honored by providing educational opportunities to those children who have suffered the loss of a parent,” said Mark Meiklejohn, President & CEO of BankRI. BankRI joins sponsors including WPRI 12 and Fox Providence, the City of Providence, the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, Professional Ambulance and Walgreens.
How to get involved
Participants may pre-register on or before September 27, 2012 by visiting www.active.com. Pre-registration fees are $22/adult; $12/child 12 & under. Participants may also register the day of the event at a cost of $25/adult; $15/child 12 & under. Event day registration will open at 8:30 a.m. followed by the run/walk at 10:00 a.m. T-shirts will be provided to the first 500 pre-registered participants. Prizes will be awarded to top performers of various age groups and teams. Free carousel rides and face painting will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
“I am committed to making Providence a safer and more livable city," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "Our work to reduce violence requires everyone in the community to work together toward that goal. I applaud everyone involved in the Steven K. Latimer Memorial 5k, Families Against Violence Run/Walk. This event will help spread the message for non-violence and make our streets safer for all of our children."
“We want our children to know that violence is not the answer, to understand and value the importance of a good education, and to always choose peace in their long-term solution to violence," said Myra Latimer, Founder of the Steven K. Latimer Memorial Scholarship Fund and BankRI employee. "If my standing up and speaking out makes a difference in just one child’s life, then Steven’s death will not be in vain."
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