Emerald City 5K seeks sponsors to battle homelessness

Anabel Mayo, left, and Tara Pagliarini show off a black diamond that is being raffled to benefit Family Promise of Brevard.

The Emerald City 5K Run/Walk, the second in a five-race series, needs sponsors to help families combat homelessness.

The race/walk is Feb. 26.

The race’s Journey Home theme this year sees “Dorothy battling the Wicked Witch.”

“It’s been a witch year because of the pandemic and people losing their jobs,” said Shayna Gleckel, the director of development for Family Promise of Brevard.

Gleckel said proceeds from the race benefit Family Promise of Brevard, which assists families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The proceeds help resolve and prevent families from becoming homeless and provide resources to get them on a path to long-term self-sufficiency.

The lack of affordable housing, skilled jobs and opportunities for social mobility highlight the obstacles 40 percent of the community faces as it strives for a stronger future.

“It’s one of our big fundraisers of the year,” Gleckel said. “This is a way to bring our community together. It’s a way to build awareness of what we do.”

Businesses are needed to join the title sponsor, Rolle IT LLC.

The Emerald City 5K Run/Walk, managed by Running Zone, takes place Feb. 26 at the Church at Viera.

“It’s a great way for companies to get their names in the community,” Gleckel said.

Both in-person and virtual event registrations are available. The race follows COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by Running Zone. All registrants receive a shirt, commemorative medal and raffle key to unlock the themed gem — a black diamond donated by Wesche Jewelers.

To purchase raffle keys for the black diamond or learn more about the event and sponsorships, go to familypromiseofbrevard.org/ec2021.

To register for the Emerald City 5K Run/Walk and begin your team fundraising, go to runsignup.com/Race/FL/Melbourne/TheresNoPlaceLikeHome5KRunWalk.

For more information, contact Gleckel at familypromiseofbrevard.org or 321-209-3391.