A Fun Event — and a Great Shomrei Cause

Hello, Shomrei friends,

I’m writing to tell you about a fundraiser (and fun-raiser) in support of a wonderful organization called Family Promise, which helps families with young children in Essex County who are facing homelessness. (Some of you may remember it by its previous name, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, through which we housed hundreds of homeless families and children at Shomrei for 30 years — before Covid intervened).  I’m now president of the board of Family Promise of Essex and have been inspired to watch the organization expand to serve more and more families in the face of an alarming housing crisis that has hobbled young families in particular. Last year we served over 550 families in crisis. With your help, we’ll serve more this year.

On May 5, this Sunday, at Brookdale Park, Family Promise is sponsoring a timed 5K race, a walk for people of all ages, and a 100-yard fun run for kids 12 and under. The 5K (officially timed for the serious runners in your families) will start at 8:30am, the fun run at 10am and the walk (or stroll) at 10:30am. The kids’ fun run is free, but the walk and 5K require a fee ($20 per person for the walk; $35 for the timed 5K).

I have created a Shomrei team to raise money for the walk/stroll and you can register here to walk with me, beginning at 10:30am. You can use the same link to enroll a child in the 10am fun run or anyone in your family in the 8:30am 5K. There will be medals for the fastest male and female runners in the 5K as well as the fastest runner under 18.

Even if you can’t run or walk, please donate what you can to Family Promise by clicking here, then scrolling down until you see my name.

Everyone who registers will receive an email this Friday with specific instructions on where to meet on Sunday morning. Wear bright colors. It’s Cinqo de Mayo!

I hope to see you and your families there. Please write to me if you have any questions: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

My best,
Dale Russakoff

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