FRAMINGHAM – Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, headquartered in Framingham, is one of Massachusetts’ most respected child and family serving agencies. Offering support and resources for children, young adults and families facing some of life’s greatest challenges – mental, behavioral and emotional health issues – Wayside serves nearly 5,000 individuals across the state each year.
Wayside began in 1977 when the first emergency shelter for runaway teens opened in New England – Harbinger House – and throughout the years has grown to incorporate a number of long-standing community organizations that share Wayside’s mission: Empowering children, young adults and families to achieve greater independence and emotional well-being.
Next weekend, the 8th Annual 5K4Kids Run/Walk and Halloween Festival is Wayside’s largest, and only, fundraising event of the year is scheduled.
The day begins with a professionally timed 5K run/walk and follows with a Halloween Festival featuring bounce houses, obstacle courses, pumpkin decorating, airbrush tattoos and community businesses and organizations.
Last year’s event saw nearly 300 participants and raised more than $100,000 to support Wayside children and families.Since the 5K Run/Walk started in 2010, Wayside has raised more than $500,000.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walsh Middle School in Framingham.
In addition to the 5K Run/Walk & Halloween Festival, we hold one grand prize raffle: a $5,000 vacation package to the destination of your choice.
Each year, Wayside staff form teams to sell raffle tickets, and whatever money is raised stays with that team, so they get to decide how to use their funds best- whether it’s providing a volunteer thank-you lunch or buying train/bus passes for at-risk young adults.
For more information, or to register, visit our website at www.waysideyouth.org/HowToHelp/5K4KidsRunWalk.aspx