Since 1997 Oakhurst has partnered with Beach to Beacon, an event we believe aligns perfectly with our commitment to environmental sustainability, healthy active kids, and community impact through giving.
This year, in addition to handing out half-pints of free chocolate milk, we also enhanced our commitment to the organization, becoming the presenting sponsor of the Kids Fun Run and highly competitive High School Mile.
At the Fun Run, we encouraged children and their families to join us in doing good for the environment by filling out a sustainability pledge card, and gave participants the chance to paint their feet and run across an enormous “Small Footprints” canvas, which will hang at our Forest Avenue headquarters and be used at family-focused events throughout the year.
The High-School mile race included Maine’s top 31 high-school-aged boys and girls, and culminated with a winner’s ceremony in which the top three runners in each category (male and female) received $250, $150, and $100 respectively to donate to a charity of their choice.
Prior to the race, each competitor sent us their chosen charity, and at the last minute, we decided to expand our commitment and award each competitor (instead of just the winners) with a $50 donation to their chosen organization, more than doubling our financial commitment.
“It was deeply inspiring to be a part of this year’s TD Beach to Beacon High School Mile and to watch these Maine students compete,” said Jim Lesser, Oakhurst VP of Marketing and Sales. “The goal of the High School Mile is to attract the state’s best and then to encourage their best. By allowing each of the racers to select a charity of their choice, we felt it would be an opportunity for them to experience first-hand the satisfaction of helping others.”
The charitable funds will be dispersed this week to a total of 13 nonprofit organizations in Maine, including Camp Sunshine ($450), Center for Grieving Children ($400), Seeds of Peace ($350), and Maine Adaptive ($250).
Thank you to all who participated and came out to support this incredible event!