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Neighborhood House Scare Away Hunger 5K Run/Walk Goes Virtual

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – In order to practice social distancing, Neighborhood House has decided to take their Scare Away Hunger 5K run/walk virtual. For this virtual 5K, you can choose one of the three suggested routes or choose a route wherever you would like between October 1-18. You can run, walk, or jog the distance to complete your entry. This is a great opportunity for runners, walkers, and families to get outdoors while helping those less fortunate right here in our community. 
Every year, this event draws competitive runners, strolling families and everyone in between. Although this event will look different this year, some suggested routes will be provided including Scare Away Hunger’s previous route starting from the Rochester University Campus.  New route options will take runners past the Neighborhood House main office, Clothes Closet, and Food Pantry where participants can take pictures at selfie stations. 
“The benefit of a virtual 5K is the flexibility,” says Sally Anglim, Scare Away Hunger Race Director. “You can run, walk or even use a treadmill on your own time – whichever you prefer, and there’s a virtual community participating with you while raising funds for an important cause.” 
Due to COVID-19, Neighborhood House has experienced an increase in need and decrease in fundraising events. Because of this, Neighborhood House has created a COVID-19 Emergency Fund with a goal of $914,000. Funds raised at this event support the Neighborhood House COVID-19 Emergency Fund in efforts to continue providing programs such as emergency financial assistance, the Food Pantry, the Clothes Closet, transportation, educational classes, counseling, and more for struggling families in the greater Rochester and Auburn Hills areas. 
“We are so excited to host the 10th annual Scare Away Hunger 5K Run/Walk,” Kathy Losinski, Executive Director, Neighborhood House, said. “Since COVID-19 hit, we have experienced a 70% increase in need at our food pantry. This is an excellent opportunity to bring awareness and support to the services Neighborhood House provides to local individuals and families in crisis.” 
Local families are excited about the Family Sponsorship which allows them to make philanthropy an active family event. This $250 sponsorship includes six complimentary registrations and a listing on the event t-shirts. This sponsorship and others ranging from $500-$5,000 are still available and include various benefits from logos featured on the selfie stations, the runners’ t-shirt, event webpage, along with complimentary registrations, and more. 
Race registration is $30 per person and $25 per student. Participants who register as a family or a group also receive a discount. In order to secure your t-shirt and medal, you must register by September 15th. New this year, individuals can create a fundraising page. If individuals raise $100, they run for free. Race participants will be able to pick up their t-shirt and medal at the Neighborhood House Food Pantry on September 30. Participants are encouraged to bring food donations to the Neighborhood House Food Pantry when picking up the t-shirts and medals.
For registration and more information, visit Interested in a sponsorship? Contact us at or 248-651-5836 ext. 17.
About Neighborhood House:
Neighborhood House serves Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township. They provide rent and utility financial assistance, operate a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, offer transportation services, provide counseling, facilitate many educational programs for families in need, and more. Last year, Neighborhood House's programs helped over 3,000 households on their path from financial crisis to self-sustainability. Fundraising events, including Scare Away Hunger, are crucial to the success of Neighborhood House. You can follow Neighborhood House on Facebook at

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