GENESEE COUNTY — The 7th Annual Give Me Shelter 5K and community breakfast scheduled for Aug. 8, has been canceled.
Family Promise of Genesee County Board of Directors and staff voted to cancel the event due to the current restrictions of large gatherings imposed by the State of Michigan COVID-19 Executive Order.
Postponing the race was considered, however, with the current mask requirement in all public gatherings, maintaining a safe environment for participants was the factor in the decision to cancel.
In the spring, a virtual race was held to help offset the loss of this important fundraiser. Other alternate virtual fundraisers have been implemented so that families with children in Genesee County can get the help that they need. In addition to providing shelter, FPGC runs Promise for Home, a matching fund grant program that will help keep children and their families in their homes; avoiding the trauma of homelessness.
Tiffani Ferrier, FPGC Executive Director, said, “This is a really fun community event and people love to participate, making it a very tough decision to cancel. We enjoy sharing our success stories, plus seeing everyone come together for the families in our community. FPGC hopes that everyone is staying safe and healthy. We are looking forward to being back in 2021.” — G.G.