Chevron Richmond Sponsors Run to End Hunger and Homelessness

The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) will host the 26th Annual GRIP Harmony Walk and 5K Run to End Hunger and Homelessness, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Richmond Civic Center Plaza. Proceeds of the benefit, which is sponsored by Chevron, will support the GRIP Family Housing Shelter, which houses more than 100 homeless families each year and the Souper Center , which serves more than 90,000 meals to West County’s homeless and hungry. For the first time in its 26-year history, the event will include a 5K run. With anticipated attendance of more than 700 people, the run will be the largest walk/race in West Contra Costa County. After registering, participants can enjoy a free pancake breakfast and a short warm-up exercise preceding the walk/race, which starts promptly at 9 a.m. Immediately following the walk/race, the Harmony Walk Community Fair and Festival promises fun and excitement with kids races, give-a-ways, free food and beverages, a petting zoo, live performances and more than 30 exhibitor booths. This year’s festival will also feature  a dog walk and costume contest. “GRIP’s staff and volunteers house the homeless and feed the hungry every day,” said Kia Croom, Program Director and Event Coordinator.  “We are so excited to expand the (event) to include a 5K Run this year and are confident the race will add another dimension of excitement.” “Chevron Richmond is proud to serve as the presenting sponsor of an event that supports GRIP, which helps to provide programs and services vital to homeless individuals and families in the Richmond community,” said Andrea Bailey, Community Engagement Manager, Chevron Richmond Refinery. “Programs like GRIP are important to the community, addressing core needs and helping to transform the lives of people in Richmond,” she said. “That’s why Chevron has sponsored the walk for the last five years.” To register to walk or run for the 26th Annual GRIP Harmony Walk and 5K Run to End Hunger and Homelessness presented by Chevron Richmond, visit harmonywalk.teamraiseeasy.com.
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