Shirley Dawgs will present the inaugural Jolly Jog for Havis’ Kids next month.
Event organizer Annie Richardson said the one-mile run is intended to be a “parade of Santas” running down Fillmore Street.
The run will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the courtyard of First Baptist Church, and head down Fillmore Street to Cruise Street, turn on Jackson Street, then onto Childs Street to get back onto Fillmore to finish back at the church courtyard.
At the race’s conclusion, there will be hot chocolate, apple cider, festive music and pictures with Santa.
Richardson said she had wanted to do a Jolly Jog and Havis’ Kids was a wonderful cause.
“It’s a good family-friendly run and it’s so festive and fun to see Santas running through the streets. Our hope is that we can grow this event every year and it will bring people to town. We want it to be big in years to come. We might even be looking at adding distance in the future,” said Richardson.
Does one have to actually “run” to join in the fun? Absolutely not, said the organizer.
“You can run, walk, skip, jog or stroll ... we don’t care how you get to the finish line as long as you participate. Come on out and support us,” said Richardson.
Registration before Nov. 30 will be $25 for all ages. After Nov. 30, registration increases to $30. Participants will be provided a Santa shirt, hat and beard to wear.
Participants are asked to register before Nov. 17 to guarantee delivery of their Santa shirt.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to Havis’ Kids and will help pay for at least 20 special needs children and one parent for each child to go to Disney World.
Overall, there will be about 130 people going on the trip, which is set for Oct. 6 through 13, 2018. Money raised before the trip will used for trip expenses and admission fees to the park, but also at least $300 spending money for each special needs child.
(For more information regarding the Jolly Jog event, search Jolly Jog for Havis’ Kids on Facebook or contact Annie Richardson at 662-808-0415. Registration forms are available online at tinyurl.com/jollyjog or can be picked up at JB Darnell State Farm or Relaxstation Day Spa.)