ADDISON - The Addison Ladies Club’s mission has always been to serve others and meet the needs of their community. Now, their hearts are all aglow, so to speak, as they prepare for a new fun activity.
The Addison Ladies Club is sponsoring its first-ever glow run Friday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Park, located on County Road 41 North. The run, which will actually be a one mile fun run/walk, will take place on the track at the park. The entry fee is $5 per person, and the run is open to all ages. Club members will be handing out glow sticks, and attendees are welcome to wear glow-in-the-dark clothing items to help stand out.
“They can take the glow sticks and make bracelets out of them, make necklaces out of them. They can put them around their waists if they want to. I’m hearing a lot of people are getting the glow socks,” Addison Ladies Club Treasurer Wendy Isom said.
The club sold T-shirts for the event for $20, waiving the entry fee for anyone who purchased a T-shirt. The deadline to purchase a T-shirt has already passed. The shirts are expected to glow in the dark, as well.
In addition to the glow run, the Addison Ladies Club is sweetening the fun Friday night by giving away a Valentine’s Day gift basket filled with gift certificates from local businesses, including The Foodshack, Southern Faith Boutique, KC Nutrition, Timeless Reflections Photography and more. Tickets for the drawing are $5 apiece or $5 tickets for $20. They can be purchased by seeing any Addison Ladies Club member.
A portion of the proceeds from the glow run will be going to the American Heart Association, club members noted. February is American Heart Month, a time when Americans reflect on heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans. This year marks the 57th annual American Heart Month recognition. According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States dies of cardiovascular disease ever 34 seconds. Someone dies of a stroke approximately every three minutes in the United States, an average of 446 deaths per day. Almost half of all U.S. adults are believed to have high blood pressure.
With so many families affected by heart disease, including within the Addison Ladies Club’s ranks, the club members believed February would be a good time to bring awareness to the disease in a fun way. Plus, the month of February is usually easier for people to get out and participate in extra events, without as many school events.
“I don’t know a single family who hasn’t been affected by heart disease,” Addison Ladies Club President Sabrina Wright commented.
The club hopes to add the glow run to its list of annual community events, which also includes an Easter egg hunt, a Christmas market, bows for breast cancer awareness and the Valentine’s basket giveaway. The club takes a special interest in helping those in the community with cancer, and also holds food drives and other fundraisers to help those in need within the immediate Addison area.
The Addison Ladies Club is always seeking new members. They meet every second Monday at 6 p.m. at the Addison Community Center. Those interested can come out for a meeting or call (256) 347-2767 or (256) 347-9662.
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