On May 26, 2012 the Dick Pope Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (DPPC) hosted the inaugural Carillon Classic 5k Run & Walk benefiting the George W. Harris Jr. Youth and Runaway Shelter in Bartow, Florida. The shelter is run by Youth and Family Alternatives, Inc. and, as one teen told me; “it’s a place to go when there is no place to go”.
The DPPC is part of a larger statewide organization called the Florida Public Relations Association. The 55+ DPPC member chapter is made up of public relations, communications, and marketing professionals from private, government, public, and non-profit organizations throughout Polk County Florida.
As with many of the fundraising activities the DPPC takes on each year, the Carillon Classic was designed to bring professional development funds to our members as well as support a local charity. The inaugural race was highly successful, due in part to the location. Beautiful Bok Tower Gardens located in Lake Wales Florida served as our host and, with the 205 foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower playing the melodic carillons as a backdrop, no one was disappointed.
Over 300 runners and walkers traversed the rolling landscape, through the gardens and around the tower competing for a coveted spot on the podium. The DPPC received a tremendous amount of support from our local businesses, organizations and volunteers. And, a special thank you goes to A-C-T Environmental Infrastructure for serving as this year’s title sponsor.
Many others were involved, too numerous to mention. But, the most important thing to leave you with is, if you are travelling through Polk County Florida next Memorial Day weekend, make plans to run or walk in the 2nd Annual Carillon Classic 5k Run & Walk. Next year will be even better.
For more information on the DPPC go to: www.FPRAPolk.org or visit our Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/DickPopePolkCountyFPRA. And, for more photos of the race, visit: Carillon Classic 5k Run & Walk on Facebook.
And, to capitalize on our inaugural success, the Dick Pope Polk County Chapter of FPRA presented a check in the amount of $3,100 to the George W. Harris Jr. Youth and Runaway Shelter.