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Shelter Inc. holds fund-raising race in Busse Woods

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  • Alex Bartkowiak, 14, and her mom Vicki Bartkowiak and grandmother Karen Wonak of Elk Grove Village warm up before the start of the Shelter 5K Run/Walk Saturday in Busse Woods.

       Alex Bartkowiak, 14, and her mom Vicki Bartkowiak and grandmother Karen Wonak of Elk Grove Village warm up before the start of the Shelter 5K Run/Walk Saturday in Busse Woods.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Gabriel Chavez of Woodridge claims first in the Shelter 5K Run/Walk in Busse Woods on Saturday, beating out Allison Evans of Arlington Heights, who has done the race for three years. Chavez found the race "exhausting," stating that it's only the second time in 17 years that he has run in an event like this.

       Gabriel Chavez of Woodridge claims first in the Shelter 5K Run/Walk in Busse Woods on Saturday, beating out Allison Evans of Arlington Heights, who has done the race for three years. Chavez found the race "exhausting," stating that it's only the second time in 17 years that he has run in an event like this.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • More than 200 runners and walkers under a beautiful blue sky Saturday kicked off the start of the Shelter 5K Run/Walk in Busse Woods. Some runners were with dogs, others with baby strollers as they showed support for the effort to help abused children.

       More than 200 runners and walkers under a beautiful blue sky Saturday kicked off the start of the Shelter 5K Run/Walk in Busse Woods. Some runners were with dogs, others with baby strollers as they showed support for the effort to help abused children.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
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The Shelter Inc. 5K Run/Walk kicked off at 9 a.m. on a perfect spring Saturday in Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village.

Vicki Bartkowiak, who works for Shelter and was running in the race with her mother and her son and about 200 other people, talked about the good work the agency does in working with abused children and how much it needs donations.

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"It's overwhelming how people come out and support Shelter all these years," Carol Brown, Shelter's director of development said, adding that she's "so grateful of the level of support."

Elliott Bambrough, co-host of the TV show "Chicago's Best," was emcee.

All proceeds benefit Shelter, the only nonprofit, licensed and accredited child welfare agency in the Northwest suburbs providing community-based emergency and longer-term care and housing for children and adolescents.

Shelter has emergency, traditional and home-of-relative foster care programs, and operates three group homes for boys, girls and older adolescent males. More information is at shelter-inc.org.

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