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JUNETEENTH Inaugural 5K Run/Walk 2014

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The Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is proud to announce its JUNETEENTH Inaugural 5K Run/Walk 2014 scheduled to kick off at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, June 21 at Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, 4659 Airport Highway. (Run/Walk REGISTRATION is from 7:30-8:30 a.m.)

Register for this fun family event today at: http://www.imathlete.com/events/jackjilljuneteenth2014

“The Toledo Jack and Jill members wanted the focus of this inaugural family-fun event to emphasize the freedoms that all citizens enjoy in America,” said Arnyka Harris, JUNETEENTH 5K Run/Walk Chairperson.

Alexis Means, WTVG 13abc reporter, will serve as the event MC/Host, and serving as event Honorary Co-Chairs are Candidate for Common Pleas Judge Ian English and Vallie Bowman-English, Clerk of Court/Toledo Municipal Court. Lee Randle, a member of the Ohio 5th Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troop Company C, an area Civil War black regiment reenactment group, will be on hand to help start the 5K Run/Walk and educate attendees about blacks in the Civil War era.

Jack and Jill’s 5K Run/Walk honors the observance of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Although slavery officially ended in the U.S. in 1863 with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, it wasn’t until 1865 that this important news hit Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth’s roots lie in the U.S. Civil War era.

“Today, Juneteenth celebrations like Jack and Jill’s JUNETEENTH Inaugural 5K Run/Walk are held in most, if not all 50 states, establishing Juneteenth as a special day of recognition,” said Kelli Winston, Toledo Chapter Jack and Jill President.

Interested walkers and runners are encouraged to register in advance by clicking on the link above. On-site registration will also be available (7:30-8:30 a.m. on event day).

The Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to

the following community sponsors and supporters:

WTVG 13abc and Alexis Means, The Andersons, Shumaker, Loop& Kendrick, LLP, Toledo RoadRunners Club, Ohio 5th Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troop Company C, and event Honorary Co-Chairs Candidate for Common Pleas Judge Ian English and Vallie Bowman-English, Clerk of Court/Toledo Municipal Court

Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was founded on January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a meeting of 20 mothers under the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. 

Locally, the Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was founded in December 1952 by a group of exceptionally loving women who were all dedicated mothers. Catherine Holland was the chapter’s first president.
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