The Michael Pion Group, through their charitable program MP Cares*, recently presented a check to the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee (HTVRC) in the amount of $14,735 representing all the fundraising efforts of the Inaugural Shamrock Shuffle 5K that was held on March 20, 2016, at Hampden Park in Mechanicsburg, PA.
HTVRC plans to create a multi-use park with trails and other recreational facilities on land that has been donated by Giant Foods near Wertzville and Valley Roads in Enola. The park will be anchored by the Captain Leon Lock Veteranâ€™s MemorialÂ where members of the community can gather for celebrations and observances. It will feature an amphitheater concept centered around the five flags of the military branches that will be visible from Interstate 81 and other area roadways.
The Shamrock Shuffle 5K offered fun for the whole family including entertainment from the McGinley School of Irish Dance and a limited release Irish Ale from Pizza Boy Brewing. Cash prizes were awarded for the top male and female finisher and a mile Fun Run took place free of charge for children under the age of 12.
â€œWe had a great turnout for our first year race with over 200 runners and many more spectators,â€ stated Michael Pion, REALTORÂ® with The Michael Pion Group and Keller Williams of Central PA. â€œThe outpouring of support from local businesses, runners and members of the community was incredible. Our race partners, Pizza Boy Brewing and Millennium Way Dental Studio, both of Hampden Township, were integral in our fundraising efforts and major supporters of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K. As a resident of Hampden Township, Iâ€™m proud of our efforts to bring neighbors and businesses together to fundraise for important projects such as the HTVRCâ€™s Memorial Park.â€
For more information about HTVRC and their plans to build a Memorial Park in Hampden Township, visit HampdenPAVeterans.org.
*MP Cares is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, fiscal sponsor. A portion of the total money raised was from the MP Cares Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, on behalf of Mr. Michael Pion.