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.
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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.
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
Michigan Baseball Foundation
Special Olympics Torch Run
Bay Arenac Career Center - Student Clubs
Chippewa Nature Center
United States Sea Cadets
Wolves Hockey Team
Community Center Bay County
Free expo booths were provided to:
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.