Leon County Press Release
Leon County invites the community to support veterans Saturday, at Flightline Group at Compass Pointe, 3232 Capital Circle SW, as the nonprofit organization Honor Flight Tallahassee holds Race the Runway 5K and 1M Fun Run in the newly extended runway near the old Tallahassee Airport.
Honor Flight - an organization with the sole mission of sending World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices - is holding the Saturday fundraiser to help offset the costs of airfare, buses, meals, wheelchairs, oxygen and additional support for the trip.
While the flight is free to veterans, each flight costs between $85,000 and $100,000 and is entirely funded by local fundraisers and community support.
The Leon County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an additional contribution of $5,000 to Honor Flight Tallahassee to assist in making sure the nonprofit organization met their goals. This additional funding follows the Board's partnering and approving an initial $10,000 contribution in October 2012 for the unique organization, which has signed up more than 70 veterans for a Saturday, May 11 trip to the nation's capital.
The contributions, totaling $15,000, are consistent with the Board's on-going efforts to support Leon County's veteran community. Honor Flight relies on public support for the men and women veterans of North Florida and South Georgia to be transported to Washington, D.C.
The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is $10 and $30 for the 5K.
Registration information is available at RacetheRunway5k.com. The community can also contribute to Honor Flight via the website.
Additionally, the community is invited to attend the Leon County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fourth Annual Family Safety Fair from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring free educational exhibits to promote safety awareness.
Through interactive activities, EMS will educate children and families on bicycle safety with a bicycle rodeo, a bike helmet giveaway, first aid and CPR.
There will also be face painting, balloon animals, a dunking booth, ambulance show-n-tell, child ID, law enforcement SWAT vehicles, K-9 dogs, fire trucks, helicopters, a burn house and much more.