On Friday, August 18, Arena’s Deli & Bar in downtown Milford hosted the Third Annual Running of the Goat 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. In a huge display of support for The Club, over 300 runners registered for the race along the Mispillion Riverwalk and Goat Island Nature Preserve and others joined the fun at the outdoor after party at Arena’s that included live entertainment and food off the grill.
The name for the event honors the newest addition to the Mispillion Riverwalk, the Goat Island Nature Preserve. A manmade island, Goat Island was created by local shipbuilders in the 1940’s as they needed to straighten out the path of the Mispillion River to make way for the wooden subchasers that were built in Milford shipyards. These subchasers were used in the larger war effort during World War II as many of them saw service around the world including Pearl Harbor, Normandy and Japan. The target area of the Goat Island project consists of a nine acre island located within the city limits containing four adjoining habitat environments: high woodland, tidal flooded woodland, tidal freshwater wetland marsh and open water. Goat Island Nature Park now anchors the eastern most phase of the Mispillion Greenway as the final phase of the Riverwalk project, resulting in a two mile pedestrian and bicycle path.
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Money raised through sponsorships, runners and additional funds from after party attendees will help the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club continue to provide programs at the Club that are geared toward helping kids develop into productive, responsible and caring citizens. This year’s event was a match event for the organization meaning that each dollar raised by the local Club will be matched by the Delaware Boys & Girls Club, instantly doubling the funds raised on Friday night.
“We exceeded last year’s totals of runners and sponsors and this will result in a very positive impact to our scholarship fund. Which means we will continue to be able to assist families to ensure that their children can participate in all of our programs,” said Director of the Milford Club Tod Van Eyken. “The event could not have happened without a group of extremely dedicated volunteers who gave of themselves and their time to ensure success and on behalf of our kids, staff and parents I want to thank them for a job very well done.”
The Club’s before and after care from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, is aimed at changing the lives of not only the children who attend every day but also their families and the community at large. In addition to providing daily guidance and mentoring, the Club offers structured programming throughout the year which has supported improved academic performance and attendance of Milford Club kids in local elementary, middle and high schools.
The Greater Milford Boys & Girls club will host several other fundraising events over the next 12 months including the Bowl-A-Thon at the Milford Lanes in March. Families and community members are encouraged to visit The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club off Airport Road at 101 Delaware Veterans Boulevard. For more information on events and Club services, individuals are encouraged to visit them on Facebook at Milford BG Clubs or call 302-422-4453.
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