The Houston Community Foundation held its first-ever 5K Fun Run Saturday beginning at the Emmett Kelly Park.
Contestant received a T-shirt, runners pin and gift bag with donated items from Houston businesses while helping the Community Foundation continue to serve Houston.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were given to the top three finishers, both male and female in five categories ranging from 12-and-under to 60-and-over. A trophy will be given to the Master Female Runner and Master Male Runner. The foundation also had a raffle for the new iPod Shuffle-New Generation and armband for the iPod.
The Houston Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that invests donations and distributes the earning to local non-profits and other organizations in the community. The principal continues to grow enabling the foundation to continue helping Houston for years to come. Donations have been received and one was earmarked for the library, so one grant has already been awarded to the Texas County Library Foundation.
Other foundations and organizations under the umbrella of the Houston Community Foundation are the TCMH Healthcare Foundation, the Houston Education Foundation, TCTI and the Optimist Club. Some of the organizations will have booths at the Fun Run.
Funds raised at the event will apply toward a matching grant by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks out of Springfield. They will match up to $25,000 over the next year.