Mercy Ministries is a faith-based residential treatment center for young girls and women who are facing a myriad of life’s challenges. Mercy Ministries does not charge for its services and, since 1983, has helped over 3,000 young women reclaim their lives – many of whom were broken to the point of attempted suicide. Mercy Ministries hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, with Race for Mercy being one of the most community-oriented.
In 2010, supporters of Mercy Ministries joined forces to raise awareness about the organization through Run for Mercy 5K and Family Walks. The events, were held in Nashville, St. Louis, Sacramento, and Charlotte, raised over $100,000 in funds to help Mercy Ministries continue providing support services to residents of their six centers in America.
In attendance were runners and walkers of varying abilities, all gathered to show their support for Mercy Ministries. Many runners were grouped into teams, with Mercy Ministries advocate Dave Ramsey’s team leading the way with an impressive 97 supporters. Team Exodus Health, while smaller than Team Ramsey, raised the most money through pledges – a staggering $10,000. A little friendly competition brought out the bright pink dresses and knee socks, landing Team Blair the prize of Most Team Spirit.
Mercy Ministries founder and president Nancy Alcorn, a Nashville native, was pleased that the Volunteer State lived up to its name, with over 1,000 runners in attendance. St. Louis was next in line with 500 registered runners and an average of $110 per runner in revenue raised. The race in Sacramento was followed up by a community tour of the facility, and in Charlotte, runners were looking forward to the potential of a groundbreaking of a future Mercy Ministries home there.
Each Mercy Ministries event was preceded by a symbolic balloon release, honoring the brave young women who commit to Christ each day through Mercy Ministries. The Race for Mercy in 2010 was so successful that Mercy Ministries repeated the event in 2011 and is fired up and ready for the 2012 races.
For information on how to sponsor a Mercy Ministries Race for Mercy event, please visit the website at www.raceformercy.org