Oct. 25, 2017
DUNCANVILLE, TX – Ben Franklin Apothecary hosted the 4th Annual Heart of Duncanville 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 14th encouraging folks to develop a healthy/active lifestyle and to support the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation. Participants took part in a wonderful event that included a scenic route through Downtown Duncanville & Lakeside Park, concert by the Shane Bell Band, bounce houses and many more family fun activities. Over 800 registrants from throughout Dallas County participated in the community event which raised $25,000 in net proceeds.
All the proceeds will benefit the Duncanville ISD Education Foundation which generates and distributes grants to Duncanville ISD teachers for programs/projects that enhance the quality of education and provide students with opportunities to become contributing citizens. Support from over 90 sponsors helped to make the event a huge success. Thanks to Methodist Charlton Medical Center, First Presbyterian Church, McKesson, CareNow, Focus Daily News, Jaynes Memorial Chapel, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, KRLD News Radio and many more for their sponsorship of the event. To view all our sponsors, please visit www.HeartOfDuncanville 5K.com and patronize these wonderful companies and organizations.
Duncanville ISD teachers, students and staff supported the event in a big way during the race weekend. Students from Duncanville High School Select Choir & Central Elementary Third Grade Choir under the leadership of their choir director, Sherri Hevron, began the festivities with a choral tribute. New Duncanville ISD Athletic Director, Clint Harper, signaled the start of the race and got the runners going with the Reed Middle School Drumline encouraging the runners to a great run. DISD Superintendent, Dr. Marc Smith; Mayor of Duncanville, David Green; & School Board President, Renee McNeely, handed out awards to the winners at the end of the race.
Brandenburg Intermediate School had the most participating runners within the entire district and will receive a catered lunch from Kitchens Deli for their staff. Duncanville High School and Byrd Middle School followed closely behind them as the schools with lots of staff involvement. Participants from the Summit Education Center dressed as pirates won the “Spirit Award” for the best dressed team & race day spirit. Several Duncanville ISD employees won the “Heart Award” which is presented to the district employee who goes above and beyond to make the race a success. Winners included DHS team softball coach, Brett Duff; Noella Whavers, Risk Manager at the Education Plaza; and Byrd Middle School’s Science Team, Rita Wilson, Kimberly Horton and Victoria Monette
Wonderful student volunteers and their leadership contributed to the success of the event as they willingly provided cheers, drinks for thirsty runners and much more. They include the DHS Pantherettes and Coach Cathy Self-Morgan; DHS Boys Basketball Team and Coach Corey Chism; DHS Softball Team and Coach Brett Duff; DHS Student Council and their sponsor, David Womack; National Honor Society and their sponsor, Paula Cartmell, plus additional Duncanville High School students.
Race committee members included Sheila Casey, Kasey Cheshier, Pat & Sandra Cheshier, Carla Fahey, Valois Hounsel, Bart Stephenson, David & Marivel Sykes and Lari Barager. All these individuals played a vital part in making the event a success. The committee is also extremely grateful to Duncanville ISD & the City of Duncanville for the partnership & support of the fundraiser.
Race Director Kasey Cheshier stated, “Four years ago, I never imagined the community would embrace this event so much! It’s such a privilege to be able to share my passion for the sport of running, promote an active lifestyle and support Duncanville ISD through the Education Foundation. I’m always inspired to see so many come together to support our local educators each fall.”
David Sykes, President of the Duncanville ISD Education Foundations adds, “The Heart of Duncanville 5K is a great event that has been largely supported by the community with runners & walkers of all ages. It has boosted the opportunity for the Education Foundation to continue its mission of granting funds to support teachers in their creative teaching ideas to Duncanville ISD students. We are thrilled by the increasing number of participants this year and will strive to exceed them next year.”