Second Annual 5K / 2 Mile Walk Benefits Hunter Hospitality House
Article originally published July 12, 2018
Hunter Hospitality House, Inc. (HHH) will be holding their second annual 5K / 2 Mile Walk on August 26 at the Fort Gratiot Trail behind Meijer. The race/walk begins at 8am; on site registration and packet pick-up for those who have preregistered is at 7am.
HHH provides free lodging directly across from both hospitals and Karmanos Cancer Institute in Port Huron for the families of hospitalized patients, as well as those undergoing outpatient treatment or needing a place to stay the night before a medical procedure.
Over 1300 adults have stayed at HHH since the first home opened in December of 2011. The homes are named in memory of Co-Founders Jeff and Tracy Willard’s late son, Hunter Eldon Willard.
Co-Founder Tracy Willard explained their mission. “Many people come to Port Huron for their medical care from outside of our area, or because they have a loved one receiving care in Port Huron. When they’re hospitalized, or find that they need daily treatment, the family is put under a great deal of emotional, physical and financial stress. Hunter Hospitality House lifts that burden by offering bed and breakfast style homes, directly across the street from each hospital in town. Guests are treated to abundant amenities and a safe, peaceful atmosphere.”
Proceeds from this event will benefit the HHH Endowment Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. “As we grow this fund, we are assured that generations to come will receive the free services offered for those in the midst of a medical situation in Port Huron at HHH,” said Willard.
Registration for the 5 K / 2 Mile Walk can be done online by going to RunSignUp.com, and searching Hunter Hospitality House. The cost is $25, with a small fee for using the website. Prices increase after July 30 to $30. Those who register online before August 14 will receive a free t-shirt.
The top 3 finishers in each age division will be awarded commemorative medals. Overall winners will receive a one night stay at the Double Tree Hotel in Port Huron. Woman’s Life Chapter 807 members will be preparing breakfast burritos on site; sales will be matched by Woman’s Life Insurance Society. Free fruit, donuts and water will also be offered.
Sponsorship opportunities with advertising rewards are available. To learn more about sponsor levels, or to discuss any questions you may have about the event, call Tracy Willard at Hunter Hospitality House at 810-824-3679.
Tracy Willard is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hunter Hospitality House (HHH), a 501c3 nonprofit organization she and her husband started in 2011 in memory of their late late son, Hunter Eldon Willard. The mission of HHH is to provide a welcoming, relaxing home away from home, steps away from the hospital, for those in need of restoration while their loved ones are patients, or for individuals currently receiving out-patient treatment who are in need of local lodging. You can contact HHH at 810-824-3679, check out their website at hunterhospitalityhouse.com, or follow them on Facebook.
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