The Spring Lake Park District 16 Panther Foundation held its second annual 5K Walk/Run and family celebration.
About 600 people participated this year. The celebration brought in more than $12,000 for the foundation.
This year a modified 2K walking course looping around the school was added for those choosing a shorter route than the 5K.
The event, held Sept. 29 at Panther Stadium, featured inflatable bouncers, games, crazy hair and more. Lymphelium Lester, a band comprising SLP High School students, serenaded the crowd.
Sponsors of the celebration were Allina Health – Unity Hospital, Best Buy, Hoffman Weber Construction and Chris Hasling of Northwestern Mutual – The Columns Resource Group.
The mission of the foundation is to impact education of students, empower strategic innovations and to serve as a bridge among community, students and staff in the SLP School District.
So far, the foundation has raised and awarded the district’s schools nearly $502,000 since its inception in 2004. The funds are awarded as grants and special projects initiated by staff, students or parents.
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