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House of Hope fundraiser exceeds goal, organizers say

Kids, with spray-painted, colored hair, get on the mark at the starting line of House of Hope’s 5K Glow Run and two-mile walk early Saturday evening on North West Main Street in Richmond. Winners of the overall race were (in center of photo) Sarah Craven and Alex Thompson. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

Kids, with spray-painted, colored hair, get on the mark at the starting line of House of Hope’s 5K Glow Run and two-mile walk early Saturday evening on North West Main Street in Richmond. Winners of the overall race were (in center of photo) Sarah Craven and Alex Thompson. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Around 60 participants bedecked in fluorescent shorts and T-shirts – along with glow necklaces and glasses – took to the starting line Saturday evening for the House of Hope 5K Glow Run and two-mile walk. The event was a fundraiser for children’s services at the Lexington-based shelter for sexually and physically abused children and adults.

Christal Milligan, House of Hope volunteer coordinator and advocate, said the first-time event raised more money than anticipated and plans are in the works for next year’s run.

“The Glow Run was a big success, thanks to so many. We were so glad to see so many come out in support of House of Hope and child abuse and neglect-awareness month,” Milligan said. The event capped off April’s child abuse awareness month.

Milligan also said she was appreciative of the help of Richmond Police Department, particularly to Chief Chad Burnine for police escorts for runners, and officers Amy Sisson and Ashley Dodson. Ray County Undersheriff Brian Bush was also at the event, but as a participant. He was the overall men’s master winner.

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