Creating events to generate funds and awareness for charities is what every EBLV production does. The 5K Safari unites families and professionals to have fun for a great cause, and to build more positive and health-conscious activities in the community. Listed below are the charity partners we have the privilege of supporting this year:
The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, and is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. The ACS offers local programs to serve communities through out the country varying from health education on all types of cancer, transportation to medical appointments, support groups, as well as college scholarships. For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been committed to victoriously celebrating more birthdays and raising awareness and funds to find a cure once and for all.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the ACS is honored to work along with volunteers, Nobel Prize winning researchers, and a presence in over 5,100 communities toward saving lives by helping people get and stay well, by finding cures, and fighting back.
Samantha’s Purpose is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide financial assistance and grants for therapy programs and procurement of special equipment for the families of children with Cerebral Palsy.
On July 16, 2005, baby Samantha was born 12 weeks premature, and due to complications of her premature birth, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 18 months. Samantha’s parents, Manny and Michelle Garcia, found themselves in a whirlwind of specialists, therapy clinics, and medical bills that would not be covered by their insurance, and they were not alone.
Many families of children with Cerebral Palsy are unable to continue therapy or to purchase special equipment due to high cost and little government assistance. Their challenge-filled stories and those of many other families is what fueled their desire to give Samantha’s disability a “purpose”, thus what inspired Michelle & Manny to start the Samantha’s Purpose foundation.