BOONE, N.C. — The Health Foundation Inc. has provided matching funds for the eighth annual Spooky Duke Race and Costume Contest to take place in fall 2018.
Kaaren Hayes, director and outreach coordinator for Appalachian State University’s Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country (FSN-HC), is the recipient of the $10,000 grant.
The Halloween-themed fundraising and awareness raising event is a USA Track & Field (USATF)-certified 5K and 10K race with a free costume march and contest where children, adults and pets can all show off their unique costumes and share in the fun. The race is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Duke, event sponsor and former dean of the university’s Reich College of Education.
Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country, housed in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, provides free support and information to families who have a premature baby; a child with a disability, an emotional or behavioral challenge, a mental illness or a chronic health condition; or to families who are grieving the death of a child. The program serves Alleghany, Ashe, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties.
All proceeds from this race enable Parent to Parent FSN-HC to continue to support local families who have children with special needs.
Several Appalachian students will help organize the event this fall.
About Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country
Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country (FSN-HC) provides free support, caring connections, information and hope to families who have a premature baby, a child with a disability, an emotional or behavioral challenge, a mental illness or a chronic health condition, and to families who are grieving the death of a child. The program serves seven counties in Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey. Parent to Parent FSN-HC provides information and tools to help families see the possibilities for their children and turn that potential into reality. Learn more at https://parent2parent.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.