Neighborhood race donates to help those with addictionsAn event that started out as a neighborhood race five years ago has turned into a fundraiser for charitable causes. The event, Breezy Point 5K Run/Walk/Bike, raised more than $5,000 for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge this year.
By: Naomi Yaeger, Duluth Budgeteer News
An event that started out as a neighborhood race five years ago has turned into a fundraiser for charitable causes. The event, Breezy Point 5K Run/Walk/Bike, raised more than $5,000 for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge this year.
“It started out as just a little weekend race on the Fourth of July at our cabin,” said Stevie Paulson, who along with his wife, Sandy, organized the event. “After the third year someone said, ‘You should pick a charity.’”
“I had a friend who went through Teen Challenge and it changed her life. So we felt it’s a great cause,” said Paulson on why Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge was chosen as the charity.
Last year, about 105 entrants participated, and the 5K raised $2,600. “I couldn’t even believe it,” said Paulson.
This year, with more sponsors and planning, the group doubled the amount they donated, while almost doubling the number of participants. On Wednesday, Paulson presented Keith Johnson with a check for $5,561. Johnson is director of the Northland Campus of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge, which is located in Duluth.
“It’s faith-based and that’s important,” said Paulson. “I think if more were involved in a faith they’d be set on a rock and they could build from there.”
Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge is a recovery program for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The agency also has centers in Minneapolis, Brainerd and is planning to open one in Rochester.
A Nov. 1 gala for the agency is planned at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, featuring Carol Kent.
Kent is a former Christian radio show co-host and author of multiple books on life’s challenges.
For more information on Teen Challenge visit www.mntc.org or phone (218) 529-3733.