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In 2019, the proceeds from the race were originally planned to be given to the Wyandotte Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1136 to help them purchase and install solar panels and repair their roof. The estimated cost to do this was around $140,000. Their electricity bill was $2,000 a month on average and is not sustainable due to declining membership and increased costs. The goal is to purchase solar panels to lower the electricity bill down to a sustainable level and reduce their carbon footprint.
Since the original plan, it was determined that it was no longer feasible to hold the 5K in Wyandotte due to the challenges faced with designing a course that does not cross county roads or railroad tracks. Heritage Park in Taylor was chosen as the new course location. The City of Taylor also has VFW Post 4422. It only seemed right that if we are going to host this event benefiting the Wyandotte VFW in the Taylor community that we share some of the proceeds with the Taylor VFW as well. A small portion of the proceeds will also be retained by Running To Honor which is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit.

Since 2019, we have been able to raise enough money to get complete three separate phases of the solar panel installation at the Wyandotte VFW. The solar panels have reduced their electricity bill by $1,500 a month. There is one final phase of the solar panel project that needs to be completed before the entire project is finished. This will bring their monthly electricity bill to around $100 a month.

In addition to finishing Phase 4 of the solar panels, the roof needs to be replaced at the Wyandotte VFW and a natural gas line needs to be installed to the roof top A/C units so that they can also supply heat to the building during the winter months. Unfortunately when the roof top A/C units were installed in 2019, the VFW did not have the additional $6,000 that was needed to install the natural gas pipe. The units are capable of producing heat or cold air but currently only supply cold air during the summer months. The VFW is currently relying on a boiler that is 30+ years old to keep their building warm during the winter months. We anticipate the boiler is going to permanently fail in the next few years. We want to make sure the Veterans have the natural gas pipe installed to the roof top A/C units before the boiler fails so that a replacement heat system will already be in place and functioning with the flip of a switch.

We are hoping to raise $80,000 to take care of all three of these projects for our Veterans.

Race Goal $80,000
- $74,400 Wyandotte VFW Post 1136 - (specifically for solar panels, roof replacement and RTU natural gas pipe)
- $3,200 Taylor VFW Post 4422 - (for general operating expenses)
- $2,400 Running To Honor

If the $80,000 goal is not reached the proceeds will be divided based on the percentages of how the proceeds above were going to be allocated:
- 93% donated to Wyandotte VFW Post 1136
- 4% donated to Taylor VFW Post 4422
- 3% donated to Running To Honor