Little Hearts, Big Smiles: Annual Fun Day walk/run benefit May 18


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Gracie is among the returning team captains for this year’s annual fundraiser set for Saturday, May 18.

Gracie is among the returning team captains for this year’s annual fundraiser set for Saturday, May 18.


WILMINGTON — Little Hearts Big Smiles has been helping families and special needs children in Clinton County since 2006.

Initially established as a support group for families seeking guidance, emotional support and networking opportunities, it has evolved into much more. You may be familiar with the handi-accesible playground on Fife Avenue and may have even attended an event or two.

For the past three years, the annual 5K has grown from a simple run/walk to a day filled with team captains, t-shirts and tons of smiles.

The three new team captains this year are Roman, Ryder and Shilo — who will be profiled in the News Journal next week — along with returning captains Abby, Braydyn, Andrew, Brei, Gracin, Kaylee, Gracie, Paxton & Irene, and Sarah.

LHBS will also be hosting its annual Fun Day 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18.

In 2017, the 5K started utilizing team captains – kids in our community that are indeed superheroes — and 2019 brings on a few new faces in addition to the returning captains.

Those newest captains LHBS will be welcoming are Roman, Ryder, and Shiloh.

This will be a walk-or-run event with prizes going to the top three finishers for both males and females. All of the teams will have a specialty shirt made for the 5K. Joining a team is not a requirement to participate.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on May 18 at 1400 Fife Ave., with the 5K starting at 10 a.m.

Registration is now open to sign up for the 5K for a fee of $15, which can be mailed in or paid online. Same-day sign-up for the event will be $20.

All proceeds from this event will go to benefit Phase 4 of the Little Hearts Big Smiles Playground. Phase 4 includes the addition and maintenance of handi-accesible restrooms for children and families.

To find out more about the 5K and for more information about Little Heart Smiles Big Smiles, visit www.littleheartsbigsmiles.org or find them on Facebook.

Gracie is among the returning team captains for this year’s annual fundraiser set for Saturday, May 18.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/05/web1_Gracie.jpgGracie is among the returning team captains for this year’s annual fundraiser set for Saturday, May 18.

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