Shipley Do-Nuts Dash®
Sweetest Run in Town to raise funds for Kids’ Meals
HOUSTON, TX, January 31, 2018 — The fourth annual Shipley Do-Nuts Dash is slated for Saturday, April 14th to benefit Kids’ Meals, Inc. in Houston, the nation’s only free, home meal delivery program for preschool-aged children living in poverty. The Shipley Do-Nuts Dash has raised more than $55,000 for Kids’ Meals.
Perfect for runners and walkers alike, the two-mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium, where participants will make their way along a donut-themed non-competitive course that ends at 8th Wonder Brewery in East Downtown Houston. Tasty treats, include free donuts and Borden milk for participants of all ages, and ice-cold 8th Wonder brews for participants 21 and older, will provide a festive celebration at the finish line. There will also be face painting and balloon activities for children, as well as a lunch bag decorating station for Kids’ Meals. This family-friendly event will also feature a donut-themed costume contest, with the winner receiving Shipley Do-Nuts for one year.
More than 2,500 children and adults are expected to participate in the 2018 Shipley Do-Nuts Dash. Included with each registration is a special event t-shirt and a discounted ticket rate to attend a Houston Astros game. Participants that donate a box of ziplock sandwich bags at the starting line will be entered for a chance to win a pair of concert tickets, courtesy of Live Nation. Sandwich bag donations are in high demand for Kids’ Meals, who serves an average of 2,700 lunches per day, equating to over 655,000 sandwich bags every year.
Produced and hosted by Shipley Do-Nuts, 100 percent of all proceeds raised from this fun run will benefit Kids’ Meals to help reach its 2018 goal of providing 706,100 meals to hungry children in Houston. There are 88,740 children in Houston that do not know when their next meal is coming, ranking Harris County as the 2nd highest among child food insecurity in The United States – an average of 1 out of 4 preschoolers. Kids’ Meals bridges that gap for families who have little means of obtaining meals on a regular basis for their preschool-age children.
Schedule & Parking
7:00-8:00 a.m. On site registration
8:30 am pre-registration check-in
9:00 a.m. start of two-mile fun run/walk
10:00 a.m. post-race Dash Bash, best costume awards and drawing for prizes,
Parking will be available free of charge in the 8th Wonder lot at Dallas, East of Hutchins and the Dynamo lot at Bastrop and Walker.
Register is available online www.shipleydonutsdash.com
Run/walking individual – Adult $30
Run/walking individual – Child $20
Shipley Do-Nuts and Kids’ Meals offer a special thanks to all 2017 Shipley Do-Nuts Dash Sponsors, including 8th Wonder, Borden Milk, Texas Children’s Hospital, Allegiance Bank, Randalls, Earl Campbell Meat Company, Conley Rose, Weycer Kaplan, Sunny 99.1, KPRC and the Houston Press.
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About Shipley Do-Nuts
Founded in 1936, the Shipley family donut recipe has garnered fans for nearly 82 years. With over 60 varieties of delicious donuts, pastries and kolaches made fresh daily and served hot, it’s this simple concept that has drawn in generations of loyal and passionate customers. Originated in Houston, Texas where it maintains its corporate office and production facilities, Shipley Do-Nuts today is under the leadership of Lawrence Shipley III, President, and is rapidly expanding with new locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, with plans to reach 400 stores by 2020. For more information, visit www.shipleydonuts.com or follow the company at www.facebook.com/ShipleyDonuts or www.twitter.com/ShipleyDo_Nuts
About Kids’ Meals, Inc.
Kids’ Meals, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, community based organization, delivering healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. Founded in 2006, Kids’ Meals provides and delivers nutritious meals, free of cost to families, Monday through Friday, and through collaboration provide their families with resources to help end the cycle of poverty.. Kids’ Meals continues to make incredible strides towards ending hunger among children in Houston by working to achieve a goal of delivering 1 million meals by 2020. http://www.kidsmealshouston.org
Stacey Michel Cynthia Stielow