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STARability Raises Over $75,000 at Record-breaking 3K/5K Run, Walk and Roll

Nearly 370 participants came out to run, walk and roll in STARability Foundation’s 5th Annual 3K/5K on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples. As a new race option this year, 70 runners participated in a 5K timed by Florida Race Day. STARability raised $75,791, making it the most successful race to date. Funds will be used to expand innovative programs and services that shine light on ability, not disability and meet increasing community needs.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended and helped make this event possible,” said Karen Govern, CEO of STARability Foundation. “We could not have surpassed our $75,000 fundraising goal without the support of our community. This family- and pet-friendly inclusive event for all ages and abilities is a true representation of our mission. Witnessing the sense of accomplishment and pure happiness as our STARs cross the finish line is absolutely priceless and inspiring.”

STAR participant Dago showing off his medal with pride.

Pup is awarded for a great 5K run with a smooch from her owner.

STARability board treasurer Ken Gilman crosses the finish line with a big smile in what he hopes is first place.

Generous sponsors and underwriters of the race were:

Race Chairs – Jeff & Maureen Maconaghy

Event Emcee – Corey Lazar, WINK News

Finish Line Sponsor – AssuredPartners Transportation

5K Race Sponsor – Jeff & Maureen Maconaghy in honor of Grant Knasel and Tommy Fiorentino

Medal Sponsors – ABLE United and Pampered Pet Resorts

Video Production Underwriter – Neurology Office: Joseph Kandel, MD & Associates

Goodie Bag Underwriter – The Brace Place

Signage Underwriter – The Arc of Florida

Course Signage Underwriter – King Charters, LLC

Photo Booth Underwriter – BCB Homes

Refreshment Underwriter – Provident Jewelry

Water Station Underwriter – Faris Team Real Estate

Event Décor Underwriter – Barron Collier Companies

Photography Underwriter – Aome Art

STAR Team Underwriter – Blake Becker | Becker Home Maintenance

Media Sponsors – Gulfshore Business and Naples Daily News

Photos courtesy: Glenn Christopher of GChristopherPhotos