Community 5K for Health raises $58,000 for Cass County youth

BELTON, Mo., (May  9, 2017 )– Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) hosted a record breaking 5K Walk/Run for Health Saturday, May 6. More than 300 community members helped raise a net income of nearly $58,000 for CCHF’s programs, $10,000 more than the previous year’s event.

The 5K, presented by Belton Regional Medical Center and Cosentino’s Price Chopper, benefited the Cass County Dental Clinic and scholarships for high school seniors interested in health care. The Clinic is the first and only safety net dental clinic in Cass County, Missouri with locations in Belton and Harrisonville. In 2016, 3,150 low-income children aged 0-20 were served at the Clinic and scholarships were awarded to Cass County high school seniors pursuing nursing or other health related degrees.

The 23rd Annual 5K Walk/Run for Health offered a brand new way to raise funds for Cass County youth by including a timed race. Runners paid a registration fee to participate. Walkers were encouraged to form teams and raise pledges to support their participation.

Top fundraising teams were Cass County Dental Clinic, Belton Regional Medical Center, Lifegoals Planning Group and Scott Elementary from the Belton School District. Kevin Wood, retired mayor of Harrisonville, chaired the event. Chase Coffman, NFL tight end, Missouri Hall of Famer and Ray-Pec High School graduate served as honorary chair.

“Thanks to the addition of the 5K race, our sponsors and the support from the Cass County community, our 23rd Annual 5K Walk/Run for Health was our most successful event to date.” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the generous community members who help support our work.”

Following the 5K, participants enjoyed a post-event, morning celebration complete with world-famous, all-you-can-eat Chris Cakes, sponsored by Belton Regional Medical Center. Additional food provided by Cosentino's Price Chopper, music, prizes and a community health fair with fun activities for the entire family were also included.