Published Thursday, December 06, 2012

Glow Walk/Run draws hundreds of runners for Bridging the Gap

From Staff Reports

On a Saturday not long ago Matthew Pass took his family to volunteer at Bridging the Gap, a faith-based outreach program in Newnan that feeds people who are hungry.

Shortly thereafter, his wife, Brannon, caught up in the spirit of helping, decided to organize a fundraiser unlike the organization has ever seen.

Sunday in Ashley Park, an estimated 750 people gathered for a Glow Walk/Run, raising an estimated $17,000. The dimly-lit route showed off hundreds of glow-sticks, glow-necklaces, glow-bracelets, glow, glow, glow.

Participants paid $25 per person, signing up online, with another 150-plus signing up at $30 per person at the event.

With tears of gratitude, Bridging the Gap Director Alison Wallace said, “I’ve given away all of the T-shirts, ordered more, gave those away, and now I’m giving away anything with Bridging the Gap on it!”

Kids ran in a one-mile “fun run” with Santa leading the way after he led the crowd in warm-up exercises. There was also a 5-K run for those who wished to go the extra meters.

“Glow Light Up The World” had a fistful of sponsors who had a presence at the event including things for the traditional “goodie bag” for the runners. The master of ceremonies was Kristy Hardage, marketing and events manager for Ashley Park, one of the sponsors who was instrumental in organization of the run.

The Salvation Army’s wagon was also there with free chips and water, encouraging people to sign up as volunteer bell-ringers for the season.

Bridging the Gap is located at 23 Andrew Street, the street behind the Newnan Police Department.

It distributes food on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Clothing, diapers and other necessities are also distributed, depending on availability.

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