Wilkes-Barre Racing - Race and Event Promotion, Marketing and Fundraising

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 22, 2010

CONTACT:
Rita Soronen, Executive Director
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
614-764-8482 or rita_soronen@davethomasfoundation.org

Wilkes-Barre Half Marathon raises $5,000 for Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Runners warm up to prepare for the Wilkes-Barre Half Marathon to raise money for local children in foster care.
Runners warm up to prepare for the Wilkes-Barre Half Marathon
to raise money for local children in foster care.
Wilkes-Barre, PA – The Wendy's Wonderful Kids Half Marathon and 10K Run was held September 4, 2010, at River Commons Park and throughout downtown Wilkes-Barre. The event raised $5,000 to support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's local Wendy's Wonderful Kids (WWK) program at the Children's Service Center of Wyoming Valley.

The event was produced by Wilkes-Barre Racing, a non-profit organization dedicated to using athletes and athletic events to promote foster care and adoption. "The support of local businesses, volunteers and athletes far surpassed anything we could have hoped for in a first-year race," said Rich Pais, Wilkes-Barre Racing event organizer. "Breaking even is a great accomplishment for any first-time production, but to be able to donate $5,000 and fund more events next year is unbelievable," Pais said. "The effect is still being felt as we get calls and offers of support from businesses and individuals who are just now discovering the reality of kids who need forever homes."

Sponsors included Wendy's, Sneaker King, Sundance Vacations, Independent Graphics, First Liberty Bank, Wet Paint T-Shirts, Martz Trailways, Tree Web Design, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Youth for Christ and Bonner Chevrolet.

Wilkes-Barre Racing plans a return of the WWK Half Marathon and 10K Run next year. It also is creating the Pocono Xterra Trail Run Series, which will include five trail runs from 5K to half marathon distances. Age group winners will qualify for the Xterra Trail National Championships in Bend, OR.

About the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national nonprofit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 114,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted, the Foundation implements results-driven national signature programs, foster care adoption awareness initiatives and research-based advocacy efforts. To learn more, visit DaveThomasFoundation.org or call 1-800-ASK-DTFA.