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Celebrating a Successful World Peace Day Fall Run/Walk!

We’re still working toward our goal of $50,000, and fundraising will continue through November on our Crowdrise page.

The sun was shining on the 250 runners, walkers, and volunteers who came out to the Bartlett Nature Center last Saturday, September 24, for the World Peace Day Fall Run/Walk. This was our fourth annual celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated every year on September 21.

With donations still coming in, we have raised nearly $30,000 so far, thanks to our event sponsors, individual and team participants, and those who bid on and purchased silent auction packages. We’re still working toward our goal of $50,000, and fundraising will continue through November on our Crowdrise page.

Ron Kovich, a Play for Peace board member, organized our silent auction and summed up the event this way:

“The recent Run/Walk for Peace attracted our largest audience ever, approximately 250 people.  They were treated to a fun day of games, trail walk and run, face painting, crafts, music, and much more. Our silent auction contained many valuable items such as Bears and Bulls tickets, Rizzo signed baseball, Toews signed puck, and much more. We also had many gift baskets containing restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets, admission to major attractions, and many other items. We were thrilled at the many bids each basket or sports item generated. Most important, all the funds go to insuring we help solve conflicts throughout the world using cooperative play to bring laughter, compassion, and peace!!”

The race results are in, too! Our first-ever 5k run was a success, with 50 runners participating. You can view the race results, which will be updated shortly, right here. For race results by age group, click here.

Congratulations to our top fundraising teams and individual participants for their dedication to collecting donations for Play for Peace again this year. We invite you to contribute to their totals by donating to one of these teams or individuals at the links provided below, or by making a general donation.

Our top teams included:

Imagine! $19,745

The Creely Clan $2,095

Peace of Mind $1,365

Havens Team (tie) $1,175; Michael Terrien (tie) $1,175

Peace Is Possible $1,065


Top individual participants included:

Aidan Hennessy $12,570

Debbie Lindgren $2,365

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Colleen Gravina $1,135

Sarah Gough $1,065

Play for Peace thanks everyone who participated in the World Peace Day Run/Walk, either in person or as a donor from a distance. Your dollars really make a difference to our 2700 members and 59 clubs in Chicagoland and 20 countries around the world!

Thank you for helping us bring more laughter, compassion, and peace to the world!

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