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Thousands Brave the Frigid February Waters for A Record-Breaking 2022 Polar Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregonians have a longstanding and beloved winter tradition of Plunging into the frigid waters each February to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) athletes. Last month, donning their wildest costumes and swimming attire, more than 2,400 brave (some might say crazy) supporters gathered to take the Polar Plunge.

The 2022 event took place in seven locations throughout the State (Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Medford, and Warrenton) with the largest, Rose City Polar Plunge, taking place at Willamette Park in Portland on Saturday, February 26, 2022. After a year of virtual Plunging to support athletes, SOOR was more excited than ever to relaunch this signature fundraising event with the addition of two new cities and expanding the Polar 5K|10K fun run across the state.

With water temperatures registering in the low 40 degrees, this rambunctious annual event continued to make a splash as one of the most chilling and thrilling fundraisers in Oregon. This year's Polar Plunge was exceeding exciting, not only because it saw Plungers returning in-person, but also because it broke all previous fundraising records for Special Olympics Oregon. Plungers across the state raised more than $479,000 so far - with funds continuing to roll in throughout the month of March. The 2022 Rose City Polar Plunge, Polar 5K|10K, and Super Plunge in Portland raised a record-breaking $282,000.

The 2022 Rose City Polar Plunge was made possible by the generous support of statewide and local sponsors: Law Enforcement Torch Run of Oregon, Clackamas Federal Credit Union, Lithia & Driveway, Mattress World Northwest, Jiffy Lube, T-Mobile, Aerotek, Aston Carter, Actalent, Swire Coca-Cola, Hyatt, Southwest, Specialty Athletic Training, Starbucks, and Papa John's.

About Special Olympics Oregon:

Special Olympics Oregon serves more than 14,000 participants with intellectual disabilities year-round and statewide through the organization's life changing sports programs. Athletes gain self-confidence, social competency, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Learn more at https://soor.org/.

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Registration Open For The First Ever Tampa Truck Pull

TAMPA, Fla. -- Move For Hunger announced today that registration is open for the first-ever Tampa Truck Pull, presented by First Class Moving Systems. The event, in which teams of 5-10 will compete to see who can pull a moving truck 100 feet in the fastest time, will be held at Tampa Joe's Restaurant and Sports Bar (9316 Anderson Road, Tampa, FL 33634) on Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration is $20 per team and can be completed at http://TampaTruckPull.com.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way for the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger.

First Class Moving Systems will provide one of their trucks for the event. As a member of Move For Hunger's national network of relocation professionals, First Class Moving Systems encourages their customers to donate unopened, non-perishable food during the moving process and then volunteers to deliver the donations to the local food bank, free of charge.

The inaugural event will allow various community groups to come together for one specific cause, including teams of firefighters, police officers, CrossFit, Boot Camp or other athletes, corporate groups, families, and more. Community members are encouraged to attend, cheer on their favorite teams, and enjoy music, food, beer, and raffles, all in support of Move For Hunger.

"Ten teams will participate and try to put up the fastest time, with support and encouragement from the crowd," said Christ Hunt, partner and CEO of First Class Moving Systems. "This will be a fun way to raise awareness about hunger and food waste in our community and to support a great organization, Move For Hunger."

More than 2.8 million people in Florida, including 1 in 5 children, do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Meanwhile, 40% of all the food in the United States is wasted. The funds raised at the Tampa Truck Pull will support Move For Hunger's hunger relief and food rescue programs, both in Florida and nationwide.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit http://www.moveforhunger.org/.

About First Class Moving Systems:

At First Class Moving Systems, we are the leading Tampa moving company to manage your next relocation. We provide storage, relocation, distribution, packing and moving services to homeowners, members of the military and businesses of all sizes. We are full-service Tampa movers with the professional staff, expertise and wide range of services to make sure that our customers receive complete first class treatment.

PRESS CONTACT:
Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
dan@moveforhunger.org or (732) 766-1278

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Registration Open For The Second Annual Detroit Truck Pull – Fundraiser to support Move For Hunger is once again presented by Kroger

DETROIT, Mich. -- Move For Hunger announced today that registration is open for the second annual Detroit Truck Pull, presented by Kroger. The event, in which teams of 5-10 will compete to see who can pull a moving truck 100 feet in the fastest time, will be held at Founders Brewing Company (456 Charlotte Street, Detroit, MI, 48201) on Saturday, August 10 from Noon - 4 p.m.

Registration is $200 per team and can be completed at DetroitTruckPull.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way for the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger.

"Kroger's social impact plan, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, takes innovative partnerships that are committed in our mission," said Rachel Hurst, Kroger's Corporate Affairs Manager. "Partnering with Move For Hunger helps not only more meals provided to families in need, keeps food waste out of landfill, but they help raise awareness that hunger is in every community. We are thrilled to have the team with Move For Hunger as part of our family of Zero Heroes."

University Moving & Storage of Farmington Hills will provide one of their trucks for the event. As a member of Move For Hunger's national network of relocation professionals, University Moving & Storage provides their customers with the opportunity to donate unopened, non-perishable food during the moving process and volunteers to deliver the donations to the local food bank, free of charge.

"Move For Hunger is the charity we support because it allows us to leverage our moving company to make a difference in our community," said Ben Cross, University Moving & Storage's Vice President of Business Development. "I am so proud of the University Moving team and our partners, who have come together to make this event a reality."

More than 1.3 million people in Michigan, including 1 in 6 children, do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Meanwhile, 40% of all the food produced in the United States each year is wasted. Since joining Move For Hunger in 2013, University Moving & Storage has delivered more than 16,400 lbs. of food to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, which is enough to provide 13,600 meals.

ABOUT MOVE FOR HUNGER

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way for the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger also helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected more than 15 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit https://www.moveforhunger.org/.

ABOUT THE KROGER CO. OF MICHIGAN

Incorporated in Michigan in 1917 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan operates 120 Kroger stores, 78 fuel centers, 102 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy. Michigan Kroger's 18,000 associates are dedicated to the Kroger Purpose: to FEED the Human Spirit, by serving the region through food, inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.

ABOUT UNIVERSITY MOVING & STORAGE

University Moving and Storage is a supplier of moving, storage and distribution services to household, corporate and government clientele since 1969. Our teams of professional movers provide these services for customers moving locally, intrastate, interstate and internationally. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI with offices in Grand Rapids, MI; Cincinnati, OH and Indianapolis, IN, University has consistently ranked as a top-5 affiliate of North American Van Lines, an industry leader worldwide among professional movers. We are proud to be a woman owned business since 1986. For more information, please visit https://www.universitymoving.com/.

PRESS CONTACT:
Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
dan@moveforhunger.org or (732) 774-0521

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Local Club to host a family-friendly fundraising event for local drug addiction awareness organization

FREDERICK, Md. -- Free Riders IMC to host the First Annual Fundraiser event benefiting Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates, both nonprofit organizations. June 22, 2019 from 12-8 p.m. at "The Farm" Amvets Post #2 Event Address: 9602 Baltimore Road Frederick Maryland 21704.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Emerge Recovery Addiction Treatment Center, Second Street and Hope, and Doug & Sarah Dieringer.

Poker Run: 9:30 a.m. at Dominic's Bar and Grille. Address: 11791 Fingerboard Road Monrovia, MD 21770. Any vehicle can participate.

Main event: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. at "The Farm" Amvets Post #2 @ 9602 Baltimore Road Frederick, MD 21704.

Buy Tickets Online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/md-heroin-awareness-fundraiser-tickets-59529736043

*All donations support our statewide advocacy partnerships in fighting the heroin/opioid epidemic - 100% of all donations go directly to our communities.

$25 tax-deductible donation includes:
* Hot dog and Chips
* Poker Run

Event includes:
* Local Bands-Poverty Ridge the Band and The Cindy Miller Band
* DJ Biker George
* Silent Auction
* 50/50 Raffle
* TV Raffle
* Pull Tabs
* Kids Corner
* Horseshoes
* Corn Hole
* Food and drinks
* Vendor tables
* Educational and Resource tables

About MD Heroin Awareness Advocates:

We provide education, resources, and services to help those who suffer with substance use disorder. We are an organization, consisting of family members with lived experience who advocate, raise awareness, and support those suffering with substance use disorder. Learn more at: https://mdheroinawareness.org/

Media Contact:
Carin Miller
WeCare@MDHeroinAwareness.org

MD Heroin Awareness Advocates, 6608 Freedom Avenue, Sykesville, Maryland 21784-8035.

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4th Annual Joy in The Cause 5k and Fun Run in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. -- Joy in The Cause! Announces the 2019 Joy in The Cause 5k and Fun Run, June 1 at River West Festival Park in Tulsa. This event falls on National Trails day and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate than by running the River Park Trails!

The race course follows the River Park's trail across the pedestrian bridge while viewing downtown's skyline and circles the trails back to the River West Festival Park! There will be music, food trucks, princesses and superheroes.

This race event is a family event and will include over 20 other local community non-profits for you to learn about. Your kids will receive a "race passport" and collect stamps by visiting each non-profit and be rewarded with a prize at the end of the Village of Causes.

When: June 1 at River West Festival Park
8:30 a.m. - Fun Run
9:00 a.m. - 5k
Race Day Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Where: River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa, OK 74107

Why: This 5k and Fun Run is an annual fundraiser for 501(c)(3) nonprofit, "Joy in The Cause!"

Visit http://joyinthecause.org/ for more information on the charity.

Race prizes will be given to the top 3 runners of each age bracket. The top male and female overall 5k winners will win big prizes from some of our Sponsorship Partners. And don't forget when you sign up you can add that one of a kind custom cuff from our Sponsorship partner Rustic Cuff.

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The Junior Women’s Association Is Hosting Their 5th Annual Derby Dash 5K

TULSA, Okla -- Join us Friday, May 10 at River West Festival Park as the Junior Women's Association of the Tulsa Boys' Home will be hosting their first ever 5k night race with food, music and fun after! The 5k walk/run is sure to be entertaining for the whole family, including your fury loved ones. Proceeds from the event will help pay for food, clothing, and other day-to-day living expenses for the young boys residing at Tulsa Boys' Home in their pursuit of a better life.

Registration options include a 5k and a 1 mile Fun Run. The 5k will be $30 ($25 for 12 and under) and the fun run will be $15 ($10 for 12 and under). Registration may be completed online or in person before races begin. All registrations completed within a reasonable timeframe before the event will be guaranteed an event shirt.

To register for this year's Tulsa Boys' Home 5K Derby Dash, please visit: http://tbhjuniorwomen.com/fundraisers/tbh-5k/ or contact jwaderbydash@gmail.com

Tulsa Boys' Home helps 11 to 18-year-old boys with emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse problems, and houses 64 boys a day, 365 days a year. TBH is a Tulsa Area United Way Partner Agency located in west Tulsa County on 160 acres at 2727 S. 137th W. Avenue in Sand Springs. For more information about Tulsa Boys' Home or to schedule a tour, visit their website at https://www.tulsaboyshome.org/.

The Junior Women Association was formed in 1938, for the purpose of contributing to the mental and physical well-being of the boys. They have given of their love, time, talents, and resources for many years.

In the 1950s, they organized a Christmas card sales program that continues today. Through fundraisers, the Junior Women contribute in a variety of significant ways, providing food and clothing, organizing holiday parties, and hand-picking gifts for TBH boys, visiting the lodges once a month for special activities and/or outings, and more. Some of the activities include pumpkin carving, holiday decorating, sporting events, bowling, and many other activities. The Junior Women's Association of the Tulsa Boys' Home hosted the first Derby Dash (5K) in 2015. The run took place on beautiful morning at Turkey Mountain. The turnout was beyond amazing - so we've decided to continue the tradition For more information about the Junior Women's Association, please see their website - http://tbhjuniorwomen.com/ - or visit their Facebook page.

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Heads Up, Broadway: Phenomenology Reimagines How to Make Dreams Come True for Artists

FREDERICK, Md. -- Phenomenology, Inc., an innovative production model in the performing arts, today announced its mission to create game-changing opportunities for high-potential performing artists and technicians, many of whom call - or have called - Frederick, Md. their home.

"Phenomenology is a corridor for the performing arts, by bringing productions direct from New York City to Frederick and launching projects direct from the City of Spires to the Big Apple," says Jeffery Keilholtz, Artistic Director & CEO for Phenomenology. "Unlike traditional theater or film production companies, Phenomenology operates in a completely different way."

Established in 2018, Phenomenology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces dynamic projects across the breadth of performing arts, by placing acclaimed stars side-by-side with undiscovered talent, in the same powerhouse event. Much of the undiscovered talent - cast or crew - has a direct connection to Frederick. Audiences are also treated to a red carpet experience with each event.

"The result is that we contribute to the cultural value of Frederick and improve the lives of homegrown performing artists by showcasing their gifts with once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and career-making encounters," continued Keilholtz. "It is entirely possible for this town to help numerous artists and technicians land work on and off Broadway over the next three to five years - and cultivate many more who long to launch thriving careers."

Phenomenology is set to premiere its first red carpet production in Frederick, Maryland in the spring of 2019, and is hosting a masquerade gala fundraiser on October 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland, where more details about the inaugural project will be unveiled - along with additional information about how the organization gives back to the community.

Masquerade tickets are available by visiting the organization's website: https://phenoart.org/masquerade-fundraiser/.

"Show business is hard," concluded Keilholtz, "and no one should feel ashamed to devote their lives to art."

About Phenomenology, Inc.:

Phenomenology, Inc., a new 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is an innovative production model in Frederick, Maryland, with a mission to create opportunities that enhance the public exposure of local professional artists and technicians by producing high value performing arts projects to showcase their gifts. These activities help to enhance the cultural value of Frederick and enable the organization to give back in additional ways, including advocacy for children and working families, by building links between the arts, education, and the social sciences.

More information: https://phenoart.org/.

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