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 racesignup.com and search the event name.