“We are thrilled to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity again to help raise funds and especially awareness for this program,” said Jillian Manning, the public relations manager for Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
Raising funds and awareness by raising bottles of patriotic – colored paint at the Stars, Stripes, and Splatter 5K.
“Race day is so much fun, so it starts June 30 at 10 a.m., we get 500 people lined up out here, the race goes off and there are color stations, red, white, and blue, so there will be colors all over the place,” she said.
The route will run through the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa grounds.
“It’s all a fun run, great for families and we’ll have a spray down area for any color that’s left on you and a little after party, a bounce house, fun stuff for the kids, some Short’s beer for the adults, a great day,” said Manning.
They hope to raise both awareness and money to benefit the Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Initiative.
“We look for veterans in need, we have affordable housing, we serve them by helping them get a loan and helping them find a home with Habitat and make that affordable to them,” said Kathleen English, homeowner and volunteer services manager of Habitat For Humanity.
It also helps veterans who own their own homes – working on affordable repairs if they have physical limitations.
“We’re so excited to be partnering with the Grand Traverse Resort to bring awareness to the veterans in our community and we’re gonna have a lot of fun with our runners just to help with our partnership and raising funds and raising awareness and so we can serve more people throughout our communities,” she said.
It’s a step in the right direction for the people participating and the people it will help.
“It’s a wonderful way to come together as a community and celebrate both the Fourth of July and our wonderful community partner in Habitat for Humanity, so it’s something we’re really passionate about and brings people together to have fun and do something great for the Traverse City region,” said Manning.