One of the main fun­d­raisers for the Eliza­beth­­town Police Found­a­tion is set for Saturday night at Free­man Lake Park with the second E’town Light the Night 5K.

Foundation Executive Director Carl Bee said the 3.1-mile run goes a long way to provide the foundation with necessary money to assist law enforcement in times of financial hardship and to help the Elizabethtown Police Department with unbudgeted needs.

For instance, when a records clerk with the police department died of cancer, the found­a­tion helped pay for fun­eral ex­penses and when then EPD officer Ron Caffee was injured in July 2016 while making a traffic stop, the foundation step­ped in and provided assistance, Bee said.

“We’re there in times of need,” Bee said. “You never know when someone will need some help.”

However, the foundation is much more than that.

When EPD needs new equipment or trai­n­ing and money is not available in the department’s budget, the foun­dation has helped make pur­chases or had officers trained.

“It’s been a big help,” said Bee, a former deputy chief with the department.

The race features a course that will have glow lights and police cruisers lighting the path. The race begins at 7:52 p.m. and registration continues until race time. Cost is $35 for the Light the Night 5K Glow Run for adults, $20 for the kids’ 5K and $35 for a virtual 5K race.

Last year, about 400 runners participated, Bee said, and officials are hope­ful that mark can be reached or surpassed.

“It’s one of our major fundraisers and it’s a cool environment,” Bee said. “We also have a golf scramble earlier in the summer as a fundraiser and we get donations from businesses.”

The Elizabethtown Po­l­ice Foundation was laun­ched in October 2013.

For more information on the race, go to and search the event name.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or

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Gotta help fund those false arrests and drunkards somehow.

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