published: Thursday, July 04, 2013
LP Christian Ministerial Association hosts 5K race to benefit Samaritan's Touch Care Center
Special to the News-Sun
LAKE PLACID - The Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium Festival 5k race honors the memory of a local, internationally ranked, runner who had the vision to begin this race as a part of the Caladium Festival, and once again have a 5k event in Lake Placid.
Starting time for the 2013 race is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27. Runners will meet at First Presbyterian Church, 117 N. Oak Ave. Registration forms are available at both the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce and First Presbyterian Church offices. They may also be downloaded from the websites www.lpfla.com or www.fpclp.com.
Entry fee is $20 through July 19 and $30 from July 20 through race day. Forms may be turned into the church office at 118 N. Oak Ave. or may be mailed to P.O. Box 326, Lake Placid, FL 33862.
From 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 a dine-in or take-out pasta dinner will be held. Cost of the meal is $8 and tickets can be purchased at the church office. All net proceeds will benefit Samaritan's Touch Care Center. There will be a concert following the dinner at 7 p.m. in the church Sanctuary, where donations will also be accepted for STCC.
Awards for the race acknowledge first place overall for men and women, as well as first place Master's Division (40-plus) male and female. Custom medals for first through third place in each five-year age division, male and female, will also be awarded. Those wishing to participate as walkers are certainly welcome as well. New this year will be chip tabulation of results.
The race is sponsored by the Lake Placid Christian Ministerial Association and benefits Samaritan's Touch Care Center, Lake Placid. STCC provides free comprehensive primary and specialized health care to medically underserved patients whose income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines and who have no health insurance of any kind. These services are offered free of charge as part of the ongoing healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
STCC, Sebring has been providing life saving services since May 2007. The ministry of STCC has been saving lives and enriching the health of hundreds of patients in Highlands County. The doors opened in Lake Placid to receive applications and begin the process of qualifying patients, as well as assessing their needs on July 11, 2011. The Lake Placid facility is at 300 W. Interlake Blvd.
Samaritan's Touch Lake Placid is primarily dependent on volunteers to offer these services, which include helping patients to make use of the prescription assistance program for their medications. Controlling blood pressure and diabetes are two of the primary offerings that make a huge difference in a person's health, while doing so as cost-efficiently as possible. There are opportunities for volunteers with or without medical experience, and applications to volunteer are also available at the care center.
A number of local churches and businesses have provided wonderful support for the Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium Festival 5k over the years. Funds for this year's event are greatly needed for treating patients. New sponsors are welcome to join in the support of the race and Samaritan's Touch Care Center. For more information on sponsorship, call 465-2742.
There will be no sign ups after 7 a.m. on race day.
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