Published Sunday, February 03, 2013
By ALEX MCRAE
Blue skies and big smiles made the sub-freezing temperatures more tolerable Saturday as hundreds gathered to strut their spandex-covered stuff at the 2013 Run for Angels and Chicken-Que to benefit the Angel’s House Children’s Shelter.
The event began with a one-mile fun run followed by 5K and 10K road races. This year, runners were encouraged to wear Angel-themed costumes and the results were heavenly.
“It’ a lot of fun just to be out here and see everyone having a great time,” said Elizabeth Pape, who – along with her daughter, Sydney – sported gauzy white wings for the occasion.
According to information provided by event organizers, “the Run for Angels has raised over $255,000 since its inception in 2003. As both the 5K and 10K courses are certified as Peachtree Road Race Qualifiers, the Run for Angels has become a highly visible and well-participated event attracting over 600 runners and walkers from all over the southeast.
“The run is professionally managed by Pacesetter’s P.R. through the streets of historic downtown Newnan. We introduced chip-timing at our 2012 run for more accurate results. We strive to stage a quality athletic event by continuing to improve and expand what we offer our runners and 2013 will be no exception.”
Races began on Greenville St. between Salbide Ave. and Savannah Street and ended on Salbide Ave. next to Newnan First United Methodist Church.
The event also includes a chicken que, and the outdoor grills filled the air with savory smoke as the cooks from Huckleberry’s barbecue prepared feasts for runners, walkers and anyone else passing by in the mood for food. Organizers said that Since 2002, the chicken quehas raised approximately $62,000 for Angel’s House.
Information from Angelas House officials says, “The Angels House is a nonprofit corporation organized to provide a safe and secure environment for our Children so that emotional healing and development of personal and family living skills may occur, to maximize the potential of the children who are experiencing social and emotional difficulties: provide a safe home designed to meet the special needs of the children in our community.
Newnan native and country music superstar Alan Jackson and his family took special interest in the shelter from its inception and helped to make the dream come true. They were instrumental in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the shelter by putting on a fundraising concert in Newnan.
Alan Jackson and his wife Denise were given the honor of naming the shelter and chose the name Angel’s House, saying it was “their prayer that each child seeking shelter in the facility will be surrounded by “heavenly and earthly angels to feel truly safe and secure.”
Angel’s House opened it’s door to children on June 21, 2004. Currently licensed to accommodate a maximum of ten children, there have been from 6 to 10 children who have been residents since it opened its doors. Some only stay temporarily and are later placed with relatives, but an average of seven children live at Angel’s House on a daily basis.
Angel’s House runs just like a home with the group leaders acting as house parents. It is heartwarming place to go with the smell of delicious meals being prepared and children playing in the game room, interacting with each other and doing homework.