COMMUNITY IMPACT

The Bay City St Patrick's Day Races are a major fundraiser for Bay Area Runners Club, a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization donating proceeds right back into the community.


Did You Know?

Since 2012, Bay Area Runners Club has donated over $160,000 to local charities and organizations as part of an effort to positively impact our local communities. Sponsorship funds from presenting sponsor Catholic Federal Credit Union, Expo Sponsor Covenant HealthCare, Leprechaun Race Sponsor Renue Physical Therapy and others help to ensure that prices remain low to participants AND contribute to the charitable impact to the community.

If you've ever wondered where the registration proceeds go (after paying the significant cost of custom medals, t-shirts, timing, etc.), then you may be surprised to learn that the majority of it is donated partly to the organizations volunteering at the races year after year AND to various local groups and programs as determined by the Bay Area Runners Club's Board of Directors.


Bridget Staffileno - CFCU (St Pat Race Presenting Sponsor), Deb Militello - myTeamTriumph and Linda Flues - BARC

Bridget Staffileno - CFCU (St Pat Race Presenting Sponsor), Deb Militello - myTeamTriumph and Linda Flues - BARC

On November 27, 2017, the Bay Area Runner’s Club (BARC) was thrilled to present a $5,000 check to Deb Militello with myTeam Triumph-Great Lakes Bay Region (mTT) to purchase Chariot Race Chair. The feedback from the community after the donation of funds for a similar chair by BARC prior to the 2017 event inspired this second donation.  

myTEAM TRIUMPH, a 501 (c)3, an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.

 


Linda Flues, a longtime BARC board member, couldn’t be more proud of her running club’s commitment to making a difference in the community. Flues shared something most people do not know, “Money raised at our Bay Area Runner’s Club St. Patrick’s Day Race is donated right back into our community. Last year was the second year in a row we have been able to help myTeam Triumph, which is made possible by  the generous support from our title sponsor Catholic Federal Credit Union as well as the many other sponsors who make the weekend a success.” In 2016, more than $25,000 was distributed to local charities and organizations. In 2017, that number grew to over $30,000. And it 2018, over $40,000 was donated back.

In addition to major donations to organizations like my Team Triumph, Bay Area Runner’s Club is very happy to donate to other worthy clubs, groups, teams and organizations in our community. Below is a partial list of

RECIPIENTS OF DONATIONS FROM 2018 ST PAT’S RACE PROCEEDS TOTALING $40,650

  • All Saints Bowling - Boys & Girls

  • All Saints Dance Team

  • All Saints Girls Volleyball

  • All Saints Poms

  • All Saints Girls Tennis

  • American Legion Post 18

  • BARC Scholarship Endowment to Bay Area Community Foundation

  • Bay Veterans Foundation - Battery Park

  • Bay Arenac ISD - Nursing Program

  • Bay City Central HS Track Team

  • Boy Scouts Troop 150

  • Boys and Girls Club of Great Lakes Bay Region

  • D Street Entertainment

  • Dow Bay Area Family Y - Kids Field Trips

  • Elf Khurafeh (Al Kayner's Memory)

  • Garber Girls Golf Team

  • Garber Post Prom

  • Garber Track - Garber High School

  • Good Samaritan Mission

  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail

  • Humane Society of Bay County, Inc

  • Humane Society of Midland County

  • John Glenn Cross Country/Track Team

  • John Glenn Science Club

  • Kolb Elementary School

  • Riverwalk Committee - BACF Memo RW/RT

  • Safe Harbor Kitchen

  • Saginaw County Animal Care & Control

  • St Pats Parade Committee

  • VFW Post 6950 'Pool Program'

  • Make a Wish Foundation

  • Reese Track Program

  • Robert Cole Foundation

  • Sacred Heart Rehab Foundation

  • Laker Cross Country

  • myTeamTriumph

  • Michigan Baseball Foundation

  • Camp Fishtales

  • McLaren Hospital

  • Carriage House

  • Special Olympics Torch Run

  • Bay Arenac Career Center - Student Clubs

  • Chippewa Nature Center

  • United States Sea Cadets

  • Wolves Hockey Team

  • Community Center Bay County

ADDITIONALLY

Free expo booths were provided to:

  • myTeamTriumph

  • U.S. Army

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Free race registration provided to 22 myTeamTriumph Captains

In 2010, the Bay Area Runner’s Club Scholarship Fund was established and is to this day being facilitated through the Bay Area Community Foundation.  The fund will provide $1000.00 scholarships each year to 2 deserving high school students to further their education. The Club is close to having enough funds endowed to accomplish this.