Mission 500 Fundraising Tops $95K at 7th Annual Security 5K/2K

Proceeds from the event, held during ISC West, will support children in the U.S. through the Rebuilding Hope at Home program.

LAS VEGAS – Mission 500, a non-profit initiative focusing on the security industry and dedicated to serving the needs of children and communities in crisis, raised more than $95,000 at its Security 5K/2K Run/Walk and related sponsorships at this year’s ISC West.

Held April 7, proceeds from the 7th annual event will support children in the U.S. through the Rebuilding Hope at Home program, which provides academic scholarships, school supplies and essential items like clothing, personal hygiene supplies, and building materials, as well as disaster response and training for community organizations to empower young people.

Fifteen 5K/2K participants became members of the 500 Club, which recognizes volunteers who raise $500 or more for Mission 500. This fundraising added more than $15,000 to the final fundraising total of $25,000. Members of the 500 Club received a custom Mission 500 Yeti Tumbler and were also invited to take part in an essay-writing sweepstakes for a chance to win a pair of NASCAR tickets and a tour of the garage and pit area. The winning essay was written by Ronnie Pennington of Altronix.

The top fundraising team was Pelco by Schneider Electric, donating a total of $4,424 in individual and company-matched donations. Pennington was also the top individual fundraiser with $3,250, followed by Liz Cohen of Anixter with $1,000, which is to be matched by her employer. Max Burgess, Jeff Gardner and Sharon Shaw each raised more than $1,000. Pennington was honored with a trophy presented by Robert Laughlin and Rick Caruthers of Galaxy Control Systems, which sponsored the award.

Pelco by Schneider Electric hosted a customer appreciation party at Drai’s nightclub, which drew 800 attendees. At the event, Mission 500’s Advisory Board Member George Fletcher spoke about child poverty in the U.S. Pelco also featured Cocktail for a Cause, where attendees were invited to try a complimentary specialty blue drink and encouraged to donate to the Mission 500 cause during the event. Guests at the event also received complimentary snapshots, where donations to Mission 500 were also accepted.

Medal winners and sponsors were acknowledged at the Security 5K/2K awards ceremony, where Mission 500 also honored Sean Sportun of Mac’s Convenience Stores with its seventh Mission 500 Humanitarian Award, honoring individuals in the security industry who make important contributions to those in need. Alliance Security was the sixth recipient of Mission 500’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Event sponsors were Alarm.com, Altronix, Axis Communications, LRG Marketing Communications, NAPCO, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Safety Technology Int’l (STI) and ScanSource Security.

The T-shirt sponsor was DMP, COPS Monitoring was the timing sponsor, Bosch was the race bibs sponsor, race bags were sponsored by Monitronics, Avigilon was the medal sponsor, starting line banner and top fundraiser award sponsor was Galaxy Controls, water table was sponsored by PSIA, Brivo sponsored the kilometer marker, and the sponsors for the bag inserts included Boon Edam and Qolsys. For the first time, CMAC also gave a special discounted rate as a transportation sponsor. Freeman supported the event with the stage, A/V and other logistics and equipment.

This year Mission 500 launched an award to honor the exhibitors that register the highest percentage of team members attending ISC West. Mission 500 is proud to announce Paxton Access as the winner of this new award.

Race winners in various age categories included:

  • First Place Overall Female Runner: Carly Overman, 20:34
  • First Place Overall Male Runner: Erick Heller, 18:46
  • First Place Female 20-29 Category: Cathy Hartwell, 22:52
  • First Place Male 20-29 Category: Donald McClure, 19:25
  • First Place Female 30-39 Category: Ainsley Close, 22:30
  • First Place Male 30-39 Category: Michael Zuidema, 20:07
  • First Place Female 40-49 Category: Amanda Hoskins, 21:46
  • First Place Male 40-49 Category: Adam Stroud, 19:27
  • First Place Female 50-59 Category: Martha Entwistle, 25:05
  • First Place Male 50-59 Category: Scott Hollis, 21:52
  • First Place Female 60+ Category: Becki McKee: 32:00
  • First Place Male 60+ Category: Michael Welles, 24:06

You can learn more about Mission 500 here.

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