4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX in Support of Diversity Draws 800 Participants and Raises More than $55,000 in Charitable Giving
Event sees 50% hike in participation and donations over 4K 4Charity runs held in Las Vegas and Amsterdam and receives kudos from Portland’s Mayor – www.4K4Charity.com
Portland, Ore. – October 28, 2015 – Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, together with founding co-sponsors Puppet Labs and Simple, today announced that the 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX held Wednesday, October 21, at Portland’s Waterfront Park raised $55,798 in proceeds for Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS). The 4-kilometer (2.49-mile) event attracted more than 800 registrants, with nearly 680 runners, walkers and skaters including 120 RAHS students, faculty and administrators, on the course.
“What a perfect blend for our community: The 4K 4Charity Fun Run supports an excellent educational program, supports diversity, and highlights our burgeoning tech sector. All that: plus it’s fun. That’s a win all around,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX first-place male and female finishers were Phil O’Brien of Webtrends and Haley Kern of Banfield Pet Hospital. The first-place RAHS student finisher was Woody Gelin, a junior at the high school. Photos from the run are now available at http://4k4charity.com/run/pdx/. The next 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX will take place in September 2016. Sponsorships will open on May 2, 2016. Inquiries about the 2016 event may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recognizing that Oregon still falls below the national average for software-related jobs, and that many of these jobs are not equitably distributed along gender or racial lines, the 4K 4Charity Fun Run in Portland is one effort to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Proceeds are designated for Portland-based organizations focused on reaching and serving students underrepresented in technology university programs and professional careers.
This year’s recipient, RAHS, is an Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) community-based alternative high school which provides open-door, year round access to students who have either been expelled or dropped out of public high school and includes many who are homeless. The school plans to use proceeds from the 2015 4K 4Charity Fun Run to accelerate its Technological Literacy & Applied Computer Skills Education initiative.
“The Portland business community’s concern and involvement in this run is a huge inspiration for our staff, volunteers and students. We are thankful for the generosity of the sponsors, in-kind supporters and individual participants. This run is putting muscle behind Portland’s Tech Diversity Pledge,” said Joe McFerrin, CEO of Rosemary Anderson High School. He noted that funds from the run will be used to invest in classroom technology infrastructure and to support the launch of a 16-week technology course.
The 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX was supported by co-founding sponsors Elemental Technologies, Puppet Labs and Simple; association sponsors Silicon Florist and the Technology Association of Oregon; premier sponsors Act-On, New Relic, Planar and Zapproved; executive sponsors Chirpify, the Portland Trail Blazers, GlobeSherpa, Tektronix and Tripwire; medal sponsor JLL Corporate Real Estate; grab bag sponsor Voyager Capital; and after-party sponsors Ernst & Young, the Portland Development Commission and Rentrak.
A corporate challenge, which tracked the top five corporate participants by number of registrants and donation amounts, was featured in the 2015 run. The top five donors for the run were (in rank order) Elemental, Ernst & Young, Simple, RAHS, and Puppet Labs. The top five participating organizations were RAHS, Elemental, Simple, Ernst & Young and Puppet Labs.
About the 4K 4Charity Fun Run
The 4K 4Charity Fun Run Series celebrates growth and achievements across a variety of industries, while promoting wellness, networking and charitable giving in a fun and casual environment. To date, this event has raised more than $150,000 for worthy global and local charities. To learn more, please visit 4k4charity.com and follow @4K4Charity on Twitter.