Balmoral Park fundraiser garners $4,400 to fight breast cancer

2013-06-24T00:00:00Z Balmoral Park fundraiser garners $4,400 to fight breast cancerFor The Times
June 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CRETE | Runners from all over the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana converged June 8 on Balmoral Park for the fifth annual Runnin' With The Horses 5K run, which drew about 400 runners and raised more than $4,400 in the fight against breast cancer.

The money raised was for the One In A Million campaign, part of the Dancing With Chicago Celebrities fundraising efforts in the Chicago area.

"We had over 100 more runners than we've ever had and raised more money than ever before," said Ken Churilla, Balmoral Park director of marketing. "On top of being such a unique run where horses are literally running alongside you on the actual track, I think it's important to keep fighting against breast cancer all year long. Breast cancer doesn't just attack in the month of October so we shouldn't just think about it then either."

Since the Dancing With Chicago Celebrities inception in 2006, it has raised more than $1 million in the fight against breast cancer.

"What a wonderful Saturday," said Dina Bair, of WGN-TV and board member of DWCC. "We were thrilled when Balmoral Park let us know that we would be the recipient of the funds raised from this terrific event and it was so much fun to actually run with the horses."

Jane Melvin, co-chair of DWCC and the One In A Million campaign, expressed gratitude to Balmoral Park for the successful fundraiser.

"Every dollar we receive from this campaign will be donated directly to research in breast cancer prevention and access to care in Chicagoland," she said.

Dancing With Chicago Celebrities raises funds to donate to organizations fighting breast cancer with a focus on preventative research and access to care. It hosts an annual fundraiser that is a night of dancing with celebrities from news, media, sports and entertainment industries and the year-round One In A Million campaign.

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