"We are thrilled to return as a beneficiary of the 2016 Atlanta Santa Speedo Run. The funds raised from this event will support programs that provides safe and stable housing, specialized counseling, and individualized life skills training and support services to high needs children in Georgia’s foster care system and to homeless youth in our community. Last year, we served over 5,100 people in our community and are confident that the money raised from this event will allow for expanded impact” said Brittany Burnett, vice president of Development for CHRIS Kids.
The mission of CHRIS Kids is to heal children, strengthen families and build community. CHRIS Kids, Inc. exists to improve the lives of children and strengthen families through innovative, trauma informed services that inspire hope, create self-sufficiency and reduce future dependency on government. The funds raised from the run will be used to support services that assist some of the most vulnerable and under-served homeless youth in the community.
“We are excited to once again partner with CHRIS Kids,” said Atlanta Santa Speedo Run Board Chair, Michael Weaver. “Their commitment to children and families in the Atlanta area is important to us, and we look forward to partnering with them in support of their mission.” This year will mark the second time CHRIS Kids has been selected as a beneficiary for the annual fun run. They were also selected as the beneficiary of the inaugural run in 2009. On Saturday, December 10, 2016 approximately 300 runners will meet at a local tavern to run a mile in Speedos and holiday-inspired swimwear. All participants are asked to raise a minimum of $250 in support of CHRIS Kids. For more information about the Atlanta Santa Speedo Run, including how to become a participant or sponsor, visit atlantasantaspeedorun.org.
The Atlanta Santa Speedo Run raised over half a million dollars over the last seven years. In addition to CHRIS Kids, past beneficiaries include BlazeSports, Everybody Wins! Atlanta, CURE Childhood Cancer, Bert’s Big Adventure, Kate's Club, and Camp Twin Lakes. The Santa Speedo Run began in Boston, but the Atlanta run was kicked off by friends who gathered at a local bar and wanted to do something festive and fun to help others in the Atlanta community.