5K walk Saturday ends RED Day events
Raising funds for local charities
PALMDALE, Calif.—Get your walking shoes on because the city of Palmdale and Keller Williams Realty of the Antelope Valley are recruiting residents for a charity 5K Walk Saturday to raise funds for local charities. The event is wrapping up the city’s RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day activities, which took place throughout the month of May.
The goal of the earlier festivities was to raise $12,000 and 2,000 bags of nonperishable food items for South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Grace Resource Center, The Painted Turtle, West Antelope Valley Educational Foundation (WAVE), and Keller Williams’ Agent Family Emergency Fund.
To take place at the Antelope Valley Mall, the 3.1 miles fitness walk is the final push in the effort to reach the RED Day financial goal. From 8-10 a.m., walkers will compete for the title of top fundraiser. Participants who have raised $100 or more will be eligible for prizes and drawings.
Two grand prizes will be given to those who raise the most money. They will receive an evening for eight at the private magicians club, The Magic Castle, in Hollywood and an iPod Shuffle, total value $1,100.
Registration is only $15 and those interested may register onsite or online www.kwpalmdale.com, or by calling 661/944-3096. Sign-in will begin at 7 a.m. at the Keller Williams offices, located at 1401 West Ranch Vista Blvd., Palmdale. The walk will begin at 8 a.m.
All proceeds from this year’s walk will be donated to the WAVE Foundation of the Westside Union School District and the Painted Turtle, a camp for seriously ill children.
According to the city of Palmdale, the 5K walk comes on the heels of the Red Day Event held at the Antelope Valley Mall on May 12, which raised $4,600 for WAVE and The Painted Turtle, and more than 11,000 pounds of food, which was donated to the South Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) and Grace Resource Center.
But residents didn’t only show up to donate money and canned goods. They also donated blood. Individuals helped bring in 30 pints of blood at the Antelope Valley Hospital’s mobile site.
“We had a great turnout for the Red Day event and are expecting to keep the momentum going and bring the community together once again for these wonderful organizations,” said Anusha Paramesvaran, Keller Williams Cares Committee co-chair and planner of the event. “It’s amazing,” she said. “They have in so many ways joined us as partners, contributing their own efforts to see that we achieve great outcomes for all of them combined. It’s our chance to give back, and at Keller Williams that is vital to our culture.”
The city of Palmdale, the Antelope Valley Mall and the Westside Union School District will celebrate Red Day 2012 festivities with a blood drive and food drive today, May 10, at Keller Williams, located at 1401 West Rancho Vista Blvd.
The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blood and food donors will receive an opportunity ticket to be eligible to win prizes. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will be the featured guest speaker. People are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable food items at Keller Williams between 8:30 am and 5:30 p.m.
Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program is celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary by launching its “50,000 Pounds @ 50” campaign.
“We’re partnering with organizations and residents in our community to help us raise 50,000 pounds of food this year to help us assist families who need our services,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales.
On May 14th, AV letter carriers’ appointed rounds will include collecting food donations for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Campbell Soup is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help the drive.
PALMDALE, Calif.—Until Monday, Jan. 3, the offices of the city of Palmdale will be shut down, but emergency services will be available to residents during the upcoming furlough days.
Public works crews will be working through the furlough to handle any emergencies that may arise. Emergencies include sewer overflows, roadway/right-of-way hazards including downed tree limbs, downed signs and potholes, or broken sprinkler lines in city parks and landscaped areas. To report emergencies after hours, weekends or on holidays, residents may call (661) 266-3195.
Keller Williams Realty, in conjunction with Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Mall, announced the results of their recent Red Day events.
Between their food drive and Red Day Walk, the groups raised $12,645 in cash and more than 10,000 pounds of food for local charities including South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Grace Resources, the WAVE Foundation and the American Cancer Society.