By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
HeartShare Human Services of New York is dedicating its 33rd Annual Buckley’s – Kennedy’s 5K Charity Run to the people of Breezy Point who are still trying to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Sandy. The race is a yearly fundraiser that HeartShare, a non-profit social service agency based in downtown Brooklyn, sponsors to provide money for its programs. This year, the proceeds from the event will be split between HeartShare and the http://www.breezypointcoop.org/index.php/Home.html Breezy Point Co-op, an organization of shareholders who are assisting victims, HeartShare officials announced.
The race will take place on Sunday, May 19 starting at 10 a.m. The exact route of the race is still being mapped out, according to organizers. But the finish line will be at the Breezy Point Ball Field. Following the race, a family picnic will be held on the ball field. In past years, the race’s starting line was located outside Buckley’s, a Sheepshead Bay restaurant. The finish line was always located at Kennedy’s, a Breezy Point eatery. That will change this year as the finish line is being moved to the ball field.
The theme of this year’s race is “Run…Rebuild…Revive.”
“It has been more than six months since Superstorm Sandy hit New York and totally destroyed 350 homes and damaged hundreds more in the Breezy Point community. Proceeds from this event will help the community rebuild their homes and neighborhood,” according to a statement issued by from HeartShare.
The race will be dedicated to the memory of race volunteers Beth Strehle, Elizabeth Buckley, Mary Williams, and John Kane.
The post-race picnic will feature performances by the band Head Over Heels, and DJ Suds, along with food and drinks, games and rides. You don’t have to take part in the race to enjoy the picnic, according to race organizers. The picnic is open to the general public at a cost of $10 per person. It’s free for runners and for children 12 and under.
To register for the race or Family Picnic, visit www.heartshare.org/run. For more information, call 718-422-3210.
Those who cannot attend either the run or the picnic, but wish to make a $10 donation can do so by texting 5KRUN to 27722.
HeartShare Human Service of New York has been operating for 99 years. Led by its president and CEO, Bill Guarinello, it is a nonprofit organization that assists tens of thousand of New Yorkers each year, offering a wide array of services to the developmentally disabled and their families.
HeartShare has several programs to help children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. The agency also offers educational programs, day care centers, and after-school programs, adult day programs, counseling services, group homes, and health services for people with HIV/AIDS, and foster care and adoption services.