2022 was a record-breaking year for fundraising by the Run 4 Dray. Our signature events, the 2nd Annual Run 4 Dray 5k/1 mile run/walk at Donovan Park, and the Kids' Cancer Benefit Party at Clink at the Pabst were well attended and fun for all. We also collaborated with OSF HealthCare Foundation and RSM US Foundation by sponsoring the gala dinner and charity auction at the OSF/BMW Golf Classic held annually at the Country Club of Peoria.
An extra BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors who generously donated several raffle prizes and helped defray operating costs.
The final fund raising tally for 2022 was a record-setting $1,222,773, from the following sources:
RSM US Foundation - $1,189,911
Friends, family & sponsors - $32,862
Grants paid from 2022 fundraising efforts totaled $1,235,161, to the following beneficiaries:
OSF / The Heller Center for Kids with Cancer - $1,180,161
St Jude - $30,000
National Brain Tumor Society - $15,000
UT Southwestern Medical Center - $10,000
GOD BLESS THE ORGANIZATIONS DEDICTED TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER AND BRAIN TUMORS!
On your marks, get set, GO!
The 2022 Run 4 Dray featured 189 runners and walkers, with 143 live and 46 virtually from around the USA and Europe, kicked off the day with the 2nd annual 5k/1 mile run/walk.
This year we were honored to have Dray's uncle, Seth Clarahan, run the 5k in his St Louis County firefighter's gear.
As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words", was dead right, with our gallery of pics serving as testimonial.
Donations from race registrants totaled $4,276.
The Kids' Cancer Benefit Party was a fun-filled, family friendly night with live music by Tim Gleason Band, thirst quenching refreshments provided by Clink and delicious food by Mike's Knot Just Ribs food truck.
Extra Big shout out and special thanks Dray's lemonade stand friends - Abby, Aiden, Charlie, Lovie, Ava, Cora, Shay and Stella. Your continued support and love for Dray is priceless.