Local charities just got a lot more change in their piggy banks. The Amazing Race for Charity awarded more than $23,000 among twelve local charities on May 25.
The recipients included LifeStream Behavioral Center Foundation, Cornerstone Hospice, Boys & Girls Clubs, New Vision for Independence, Ruth House and others.
The group held the third annual Amazing Race for Charity last April.
"We challenge teams of two people on a five mile course across Eustis," said Race Director Tim Totten. "Along the way, they complete 20 or more challenges, all staffed by 300 volunteers from more than a dozen local charities."
"We are all volunteers," said Jill Baker, a board member and registered nurse. "We do it because we love it and because there's such a satisfaction you get when you present this kind of money to local charities doing work right in own back yards."
For Mary Salter, who accepted an $800 check for her charity, Abracadabra Foundation, the race is a chance to share her organization's message and secure needed funding.
"This impact of this event is greatly felt," says Mary, whose group seeks to impact the lives of economically- and social-challenged girls in area high schools. "We've already applied to volunteer for next year!" Eustis' 2017 race is scheduled for April 1, but charities hoping to benefit must turn in their applications before the June 10 deadline. Details can be found online at www.amazingraceforcharity.com
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