Hitting A Home Run For Charity

Gordon Brown.

Gordon Brown.

The ninth annual Home Run 10k run and 5k run/walk, sponsored by Yum! Brands, is on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Bernheim Forest. Benefitting the Home of the Innocents, it is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and draws people from Louisville, as well as Elizabethtown and Bardstown.

The event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the region’s most scenic and beautiful forests, with fall foliage and crisp, cool autumn air. Home of the Innocents’ president and CEO, Gordon Brown, shares some details about the event and the work of Home of the Innocents in this week’s conversation.

Lori Kommor: There are a number of fall walk/run events – in fact, there’s practically one every weekend. What sets the Home Run apart from those events?

Gordon Brown: Well first of all, you simply can’t compete with the location. Bernheim Forest is a nationally recognized area – filled with color and scenery rarely found anywhere else. Plus, it’s a natural open space. It allows runners and walkers to truly enjoy the maximum benefit of the great outdoors. The location is one of the primary reasons participants return year after year. Ultimately though, what really sets the Home Run apart is the fact that it’s a race to help one more child.

LK: Who can participate in the Home Run?

GB: Anyone can participate in the Home Run. Each year we see everything from serious runners to entire families walking with their dog. We want an event where everyone feels welcome and able to support the home. There truly is a sense of community at this race, because everyone is enjoying the scenic beauty and, at the same time, supporting a great cause during a great time of year.

LK: The Home Run is a great opportunity for the public to become better connected to the home. Tell us more about the Home of the Innocents and how participants can continue or further their involvement.

GB: For more than 130 years, the community has known Home of the Innocents as a light in the dark for children who are victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect, as well as those needing full-time medical care. Of course, our mission to help kids in crisis is only made possible by generous community support of the Home Run and our many other initiatives. We welcome both individual and group volunteers in all areas of the home, and even have teen volunteer opportunities, in addition to interns and corporate volunteer groups for special events as well. People can also donate items for our wish list. There are a number of committees on which we welcome volunteer expertise and advice. To learn more, our web site provides information about volunteering at the Home (www.homeoftheinnocents.org).

LK: How can people sign up to participate in the Home Run?

GB: The pre-registration fee is $25 (by Oct. 19). Day of registration fee is $30. Participants can register online at www.homerunforkids.org. They can also call 502.596.1025. Registration on the day of the event takes place at 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., with the race beginning promptly at 9 a.m. We look forward to seeing everyone there!