By ANGIE CARNATHAN
The 2011-2012 Mississippi State University United Way campaign holds its Bully 5K for United Way Saturday at MSU.
Activities begin at 7 a.m. with registration at the McArthur Hall, located at the intersection of Barr Avenue and Collegeview Street. The race starts at 8 a.m. The entry fee for pre-registrants is $20 and $25 on race day.
Proceeds from the run go to the annual campus United Way campaign said Les Potts, the campaign member in charge of budgeting and planning.
“This is the third annual 5K race to support United Way,” Potts said. “This is however the first year with the name ‘Bully’s 5K for United Way.’”
Robert Cadenhead, MSU chairman for the United Way of North Central Mississippi, said proceeds from the 5K are added to MSU’s total fundraising for the year.
“The run this weekend is one of several United Way initiatives we are doing this fall to help us achieve and exceed our MSU Goal of $100,000,” Cadenhead said. “With the growing population of runners in our area and a lovely route through the MSU campus, this should be a well-attended event. Plus is looks like the weather will be great.”
Cadenhead said the 5K is only one part of MSU’s United Way campaign this year.
“We have an online auction with lots of unique MSU items available for MSU students, faculty and staff to bid on,” Cadenhead said. “We also have some very popular ‘Grindin’ for My State’ and ‘This is Our State’ bracelets for sale with proceeds going to The MSU United Way campaign.”
Potts said the race had an excellent turnout last year, and this year he’s hoping to see even more people participate.
“Last year’s race raised approximately $1,800 with somewhere around 120 participants,” Potts said. “We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout Saturday.”
The 3.1-mile course will give participants a unique opportunity to tour MSU’s historic 133-year-old campus, Potts said, while raising money for a great cause.
“I hope that participants will feel proud of themselves for supporting their community in this manner,” Potts said. “Their registration dollars will help support charitable organizations right here at home.”
Potts said the committee is excited to support a charitable organization that helps those close to home.
“Ninety-nine cents of every dollar we give never leaves our own community,” Potts said. “I love the idea of my donated dollar staying right here in Starkville and the surrounding communities, and not worrying whether my donation actually made it where I intended for it go. That’s why I’m comfortable raising money for United Way.”
Potts said the United Way of North Central Mississippi last year supported 18 local agencies in the areas of caring for seniors, encouraging and supporting youth, strengthening families and meeting emergency and basic needs.
“The monies given to the United Way remain in our community and are spent very judiciously to try and make what is donated do as much good as possible,” Cadenhead said. “The examples of United Way dollars making a difference in peoples lives are numerous and wide-ranging; from meeting needs in crisis situations, to providing value based programs for our youth, to making things a little easier for our elderly.”
Bully 5K for United Way participants will receive a T-shirt, and winners will be recognized in each age division. Sign-up forms may be accessed online at http://www.facebook.com/MSUUnitedWay5K .
For more information, contact Les Potts at email@example.com , call (662) 325-2231 or visit http://www.unitedway.msstate.edu .