Panther Foundation’s Fun Run raises $12,000

The Spring Lake Park District 16 Panther Foundation held its second annual 5K Walk/Run and family celebration.

And they’re off! More than 600 Spring Lake Park School District residents participated last weekend in the SLP Panther Foundation’s second annual 5K Walk/Run and Family Celebration activities. Photo by Elyse Kaner

And they’re off! More than 600 Spring Lake Park School District residents participated last weekend in the SLP Panther Foundation’s second annual 5K Walk/Run and Family Celebration activities. Photo by Elyse Kaner

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.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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