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19th Annual OLPH Charity Race Helps Glenview Families and Others in Need

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Andree Beckham

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church announces the running of the 19th annual OLPH PHUN RUN 5K RUN AND WALK to support the good works of the Needy Family Fund. The 'Phun Run' will be held on Sunday, October 6th at 8:00 AM in Jackman Park, in the Glenview neighborhood of Swainwood.

The 5k course is a timed event that will begin at the circle drive of the Glenview Library, closest to Jackman Park, and will continue on through the neighborhood of Swainwood, with the finish line back at Jackman Park. The primarily flat, paved course is suitable for individuals and families at all fitness levels. Strollers are allowed for walkers. A post event celebration will also be held in Jackman Park. To register for the race visit

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"In 2012 the event raised over $16,000 for the Sister Paulanne Needy Family Fund, largely due to the fact that we achieved a 20% increase in registrations from the previous year. Our goal this year is to reach 600 registrations," said Lisa Zimmer, race organizer and co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Chicago. "We are excited to help provide Sister Paulanne with the additional resources necessary to manage the Fund and support the families it serves, "said Zimmer.

For more than two decades, Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund has been helping families in Glenview and around the Chicago area find housing, food, and other necessities. Sister works with more than 200 families within the community a year, and 600 families use her food pantry. The Fund supports all those in need regardless of religious affiliation. Over the last 15 years, runners, walkers, and sponsors have raised more than $150,000 in support of the Fund. The Fund will need to raise $1.5 million in 2013 to continue supporting the community.

"My hope is that events like the OLPH PHUN RUN 5K RUN AND WALK will help us be more efficient in our answering the needs of the people in our parish and in the community, and that we will be able to have enough money to help people move forward with their lives," said Sister Paulanne.

Runners and walkers can sign up at The registration fees for runners pre-race day is $25.00 and walkers is $20.00 (event day registration is $30.00 for both runners and walkers). The race welcomes all ages and will have age group medal awards beginning with the 6-8 year olds through ages 75 and older.

About Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund

For more than two decades, Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund has been helping families in Glenview and around the Chicago area. Sister works with more than 200 families a year and 600 families use her food pantry. To learn more about the Needy Family Fund, please visit, To see firsthand how people in the community have benefited from Sister Paulanne, view this video that highlights three families.

About Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH)

OLPH is a Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago located in suburban Glenview, Illinois, 16 miles from Chicago. Originally established in 1907 as the Mission of St. Joseph, Our Lady of Perpetual Help is now one of two Catholic parishes in Glenview along with St. Catherine Laboure. The parish numbers between 3,000 -- 4,000 families, making it one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese. Rev. Thomas E. Hickey is the current pastor. To learn more about OLPH Parish visit

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