By Sharon Aron Baron
The Run 4 Beigel 5K event is more than just a fun run.
Runners from across the country gather bi-annually to honor the life and legacy of Scott J. Beigel, a beloved Parkland teacher, cross-country coach, and summer camp counselor who was killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland on February 14, 2018.
The event raises funds for the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established by Linda Beigel Schulman, Scott’s mother, and her husband, Michael Schulman, days after their son’s death.
The Fund’s mission is to send at-risk, underserved children touched by gun violence to summer sleep-away camps. The Fund has already sent 680 children to camp and is on track to give out grants totaling $1 million since its establishment in 2018.
This year, the Fund is expanding beyond the six camps in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to include a seventh camp. In partnership with the Florida Sheriffs Youth Camp, the Fund will send 20 children from Broward County to camp in Florida.
The Run 4 Beigel event is a celebration of Scott’s life and legacy, bringing together runners, sponsors, and donors to support the Fund’s mission. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, March 5 at Pines Trails Park in Parkland. Participants can register online at www.Run4Beigel.com or in person at the event.
The event, which includes a 10k walk/run, a 5k walk/run, and a 1k fun walk/run, is made possible by the generous support of sponsors, including Jay & Mindy Jacobs, The Eaton Family, Eaton Financial Group, UKG, Marriott Resort Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach, Orange Theory Fitness, Office Evolutions Coral Springs, One to One Fitness, Sun Blue Pool Services, The Haggard Law Firm, Baptist Health, SLAM Marketing Media, FAS, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Independence Title, The Motherhood Village, Jet Direct Mortgage, Cutler Rader, True Character Parties, Todd Michaels, Road Runner Sports, Broward Health, 4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions, Basser’s Fine Wine and Craft Beer, Listopad & Finder, DDS, PA, Homeland Property Inspections, South Shore Plumbing, John Knox Village, Decocrated, Runner’s Depot, and The Riettie Group.
Linda Beigel Schulman, founder and President of the Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund, wants to acknowledge the kindness and love shown to them by the people of Parkland, Coral Springs, and Broward since that horrific day five years ago.
“It is your help that allows us to change the lives of these children. Thank you for your caring and support; it is greatly appreciated.”
Scott J. Beigel’s passion for working with children is at the heart of the Fund’s mission. The Fund’s efforts allow children to grow and flourish through summer sleep-away camp experiences that they may not have otherwise had access to. Scott strived to have a positive impact on every child, regardless of their background, and the Fund aims to continue his legacy through its mission.
In addition to sending at-risk children to summer sleep-away camps, Linda Beigel Schulman has also been a leader and tireless advocate for gun safety legislation. She played a key role in the enactment of both Florida and New York’s Red Flag Law along with the Scott J Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act, which prohibits the sale of unfinished frames or receivers (parts of ghost guns) in New York state.
Register here for the event at Run 4 Beigel.
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