(Posted Sept. 9, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
A Madison County organization dedicated to raising money for pediatric brain tumor research has rocked its way to state recognition.
Rockin’ on the Run, a 5K run/walk and family fun day held each May in London, was among 14 non-profits featured in Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s Ohio Business Profile in August.
Launched in 2011, Ohio Business Profile highlights Ohio companies that create transformative products, offer outstanding service, and/or contribute to their local communities. Each month, Husted recognizes a handful of local companies tied together by a common theme. The theme for August was non-profits.
“Wherever your personal passion drives you to get involved, there’s a non-profit that can help you channel your energies and resources to make a difference,” Husted stated in a release about the month’s honorees.
Over 500 people attended this year’s Rockin’ on the Run, held May 11 at St. Patrick School in London. The day featured a 5K, carnival games, merchandise vendors, face painting, a caricaturist, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
Since its start nine years ago, Rockin’ on the Run has raised more than $142,000 for pediatric brain tumor research. Funding also goes to the “fun fund” for children receiving treatment and care on the hematology/oncology floor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
A Madison County resident anonymously nominated Rockin’ on the Run for the Ohio Business Profile.
“I wish we knew who it was so that we could thank them,” said Ashley Winebrenner, Rockin’ on the Run vice president. “It’s nice to get the recognition… It’s further validation that what we are doing is making a difference.”
With the event’s 10th anniversary coming up in 2019, Winebrenner said organizers are working on ideas to make it the biggest and best yet.
Go to rockinontherun.org or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the local non-profit and how to get involved. Rockin’ on the Run is held the third Saturday in May.
To learn more about Ohio Business Profile, including how to nominate a business for recognition, go to sos.state.oh.us/secretary-husted-office/office-initiatives/.