WPLG-TV's Eric Yutzy to Lead Charity's 5K Walk/Run

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Eric Yutzy, co-anchor for WPLG-TV Local 10 Morning News.
Eric Yutzy, co-anchor for WPLG-TV Local 10 Morning News. 

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Aug. 11, 2014) – Eric Yutzy, co-anchor for WPLG-TV Local 10 Morning News, will join walkers and runners as they raise money to feed starving families at Food For The Poor’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 North Park Road, Hollywood, Fla.

”I’m honored to be standing with and walking alongside Food For The Poor in their quest to provide relief and hope to the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Yutzy, who has spent the last 11 years as an award-winning sports anchor.

Donations to this year’s event will stretch twice as far, as a generous donor has agreed to match every dollar raised with an additional dollar’s worth of food. Proceeds will provide lifesaving food to destitute families in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Participants can register at www.FoodForThePoor.org/walk. While on the event website, supporters can register to take advantage of tips designed to help reach fundraising goals. Information about how to earn community service hours and how to download Facebook cover photos for the charity’s 5K Walk/Run For Hunger is also available online.

Cost of pre-registration is $25 for adults (14+), and is free for participants 13 and under. Registration is $30 for adults on the day of the event. All registered participants will receive a T-shirt. There will be refreshments, music, balloon artists, an appearance by Billy the Marlin (the official mascot of the Miami Marlins), and face painters at this family event. Race timing will be provided by AccuChip.

Handcrafted tin-art medallions from Haiti will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place finishers in each age bracket for runners. The striking sun-shaped medallions were created by Louisdjy St-Jour, a Haitian metal artist who lives in a Food For The Poor-built home in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. St-Jour is an example of the Haitian people’s determination to thrive and become self-sufficient.

Participants who raise more than $100 will receive a goody bag full of gifts from local businesses and unique items from the countries Food For The Poor serves. These supporters also will have the satisfaction of knowing that their donation has helped to feed starving families. For $102.20, Food For The Poor can feed seven families for a month.

For more information, please call 954-427-2222, ext. 6854 or email RachelP@foodforthepoor.com. Participants can register the day of the event. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m., with the awards ceremony to immediately follow.

The event’s presenting sponsor is Toshiba. Additional event sponsors include Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Cruise Planners, Dennis Charley & Associates, DCA Insurance, Herbalife, Iberia Bank, Jamaica Tourist Board, Kind Snacks, Orange Theory, Panda Express, Paw Depot, Publix, Rockers Movement, Seaboard Marine, Square, Sun-Sentinel, TD Bank, Tri-Rail, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Waste Management and Wells Fargo.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Jennifer Leigh Oates

Food For The Poor
Public Relations Associate
954-427-2222 x 6054