December 30, 2019
Evansville Rotary Hosts Annual Santa Run
Pictured are Rotarians Scott Hurt and Santa Run chair, Cathy Renner.
The 6th annual Rotary Santa Run was held on Saturday morning, December 7, 2019 at the Buffalo Trace Council. This officially timed 5K run/walk and/or a 1-mile family fun started the spirit of the holiday season as you saw hundreds of Santas suited-up to enjoy their east side run or stroll. Committee members began working in late February 2019, calling and soliciting donors for sponsorships. The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center was chosen as the non-profit organization to receive the proceeds from the 2019 Santa Run. Their project highlights and embraces the critical needs for Pediatric Psychology Services for children in the Evansville area. The renovation of the interior eastern section of their Bellemeade location will allow more psychologists to meet with children in a more timely manner, instead of the current six month wait for an appointment and then an additional time for needed services. Diamond Galleria supplied $25 gift cards for the first 600 individuals who arrived on Friday, December 6th for their registration numbers and suits. Yard signs adorned the City of Evansville and billboards were displayed. For the third year in a row, Husk Signs donated their digital billboard for promotion. Entertainment was amazing with the return of the Mounted Police Horse, Boom Squad, the Rotary musical trio of Mark Schweickart, Tom Walker and Mark Miller; Larry Miller playing his accordion and the send-off of the run with the firing of the cannon from the National Guard Army… and, of course Santa! Toyota again supported their team members to participate in the Santa Run. This not only increases the financial impact of the event, but Toyota participants also add to the excitement and fun of having literally hundreds of Santas running and walking the picturesque 5k route. The “most spirited Santa outfit” was offered again this year. Prizes were given to three age groups: 10 and under, 11 to 18, and adults. The 2019 judges, Angie Humphrey with Lifestyles on Channel 25, Bryon Douglas with Channel 14 and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, had a tough job selecting the winners! Throughout the year, committee members and Rotarians participated in community races and events to promote the 2019 event. Over the past six years, the Rotary Santa Run has brought love, laughter, goodwill and entertainment to the Tri-State’s serious and not-so-serious runners, walkers, families and friends. This fun holiday activity is making a difference to many, raising a total of over $100,000,00 that has been given back to our community.