Over 100 business owners, community leaders and Komen advocates came out to celebrate the launch of the 2014 Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure last night at City Hall. The race date for the 2014 Savannah Race for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, April 12th at Telfair Square in downtown Savannah, but the race fundraising campaign starts now.
Event coordinators have set a fundraising goal of $220,000 for this year’s race fundraising campaign. The funds raised by this event directly support the fight to end breast cancer locally. Seventy-five percent of all monies raised remains right here in our local coastal community to fund screening, treatment and education programs to our nine service area counties, which are Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn Liberty, Long, and McIntosh. The remaining twenty five percent supports the Komen National Research Grant Program.
“Komen Coastal Georgia relies solely on the donations and support of our local community,” said Caroline Keller, Board President of Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia. “We are proud that the funds are raised here and stay here.” Mayor Edna Jackson will be serving as this year’s Honorary Race Chair. At Wednesday’s Kick-Off Party, she challenged local business and community leaders to join the local fight. But this year’s event does come with its challenges for the local Affiliate. Race Chair and Board member, Dr. Amos Timna tragically and unexpected passed away this summer, as he was about to embark on plans for the 2014 Race.
Local lawyer and long-time Race Committee member, Abda Quillian, stepped up to fill the void in the Affiliate’s time of need. “I will never replace Dr. Timna, and can only hope to produce an event worthy of honoring his memory,” said Quillian.
“His passion was raising funds to help our locally under-insured women receive the breast health services they needed,” said Komen Coastal Georgia Executive Director, Beth Desloges. “The entire Komen Coastal Georgia community is dedicated to making this year’s Race exceptional so that he can be proud”.
Robert Espinoza, owner of Fleet Feet Sports, will be returning for a fifth year as Race Director. Espinoza brings with him unmatched expertise in the art of planning a race. Memorial University Medical Center is returning as the local presenting sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. The Kick- Off Party, sponsored by Bon Appetit Catering, officially launches the three month race fundraising campaign. Race sponsors, team captains and donors were in attendance to celebrate the occasion.
The Savannah Race for the Cure, for the fourth year in a row, was recognized by Savannah Magazine readers as “The Best Charity Fundraiser” in Savannah. Information for registration can be obtained by calling the office at 912.232.2535 or visiting the website at www.komencoastalgeorgia.com.