‘Fun-raising’ Sets Red Balloon Run & Ride Apart

June 24, 2016

For the sixth year, North Texas families laced up their running shoes and adjusted their bike chains to participate in the signature fundraising event for Children’s Health. More than 15,000 participants and families converged on the Children’s Medical Center Plano campus for a day of exercise, family activities and food.

From a 1K fun run to a 72-mile bike ride, there was something for everyone at the event, including activities for children and families. The Run & Ride is produced by Passion for Children’s for the exclusive benefit of Children’s. Capital One and Denbury Resources were presenting sponsors of the family event, which raised more than $762,245.

Other sponsors included Alliance Data, Cigna, Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers, Granite Properties, Hilltop Securities, OxyChem, RBFCU, Tom Thumb and WFAA.

In addition to the race registration fee, participants are encouraged to support Children’s by donating an additional amount, or by creating or joining an existing team committed to raise funds for a specific cause. Each team – there are more than 200 – chooses a program at Children’s for its fundraising dollars. Teams of grateful patient families, friends and even the Children’s caregivers themselves support cancer, heart disease, organ transplantation, gastroenterology, allergies, the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern, and more.

“The Red Balloon Run & Ride allows supporters to direct their fundraising toward any of the numerous programs at Children’s during a fun and family-oriented experience,” said Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “The monies raised can send our patients to special summer camps or provide seed money to start or enhance initiatives that will help sick and injured children live better lives. Many of the Red Balloon Run & Ride teams have been participants in the races since the beginning. We continue to be encouraged by the commitment and support these teams – and, in particular, Joel Williams and his Passion for Children’s – give so that Children’s may continue its mission to make life better for children.”

Mr. Williams, who is the mayor of Highland Park, as well as the founder and president of Passion for Children’s, has been a supporter of Children’s since the 1990s and served on the Children‘s Board of Directors in many capacities, including as chairman. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation board of directors and an honorary life member of the Children’s Health System of Texas board of directors.



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