WORCESTER – The Jewish Healthcare Center (JHC) held its 15th annual Home Run 5K Road Race on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The event, sponsored by Patrick Motors, raised $20,000 to support Jewish Healthcare Center, which includes Eisenberg Assisted Living, JHC Hospice, Homecare and PrivateCare.
There were more than 150 walkers and runners, many walking and running with their dogs. This includes 24 JHC staff members and their families who came out to support the event.
Besides the road race, the event included a bouncy house and kids activities, a bagel breakfast donated from Price Chopper and Table Talk Pies, and a DJ and music provided by Worcester Music. Second Chance Animal Shelter came to the event with dogs to adopt and Ellie’s Pet Barn gave out doggie gift bags.
The JHC commended the Worcester Police for helping to direct traffic and keep runners and walkers safe.
Cheering on the participants were members of JHC’s Family Advisory Council.
“The sponsors and donors who continue to support this event are the best!” said Jody Fredman, JHC’s development director. “They donate their time and money every year. Many have strong connections to JHC, such as Joe Tortorelli, of Worcester Sound, whose mother has been a resident for many years. Leah Goldstein completed the race this year. She received therapy at JHC and was so happy to be able to participate in the 5K. Tom Davis, a Family Advisory Council member at JHC has been very dedicated to JHC since his mother became a resident at Eisenberg Assisted Living and JHC. She passed in August, and Tom remains involved and attended the road race, helping spread the word about the JHC and the Family Council. And we can’t forget Neil Patrick, who does the fundraising for the road race every year and leads the Pace with his VW Bug. There are so many wonderful stories that were told during this special event.”