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Destination Health Draws 500 Supporters

More than 500 people came out to support the Center for African-American Health's first annual Destination Health 5K Walk/Run/Learn event on Saturday, July 30 in Denver's City Park. The event helped raise funds and new friends in support of the Center's programs to alleviate the health disparities facing African Americans.

Participants included individual walkers and runners of all ages, as well as teams representing a wide range of community-based organizations, health providers, and churches, as well as teams organized by elected officials like State Representative Rhonda Fields. The Center was fortunate to have Denver's newly elected mayor, Michael Hancock, kick off the walk/run with an encouraging message about the importance of active and healthy lifestyle behaviors.

The event featured a health expo with 36 exhibitors providing information and resources. The day concluded with a soulful performance by Denver's First Lady, the Mary Louise Lee Band.

Lilly was the event's lead sponsor. Other sponsors included KeyBank, Colorado Access, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Mental Health Center of Denver, Colorado Health Foundation, University of Colorado Cancer Center. Supporting sponsors were Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Brother Jeff's Cultural Center, Colorado Black Chamber  of Commerce, COPIC, LiveWell Colorado, The Piton Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, Denver Water, and The Colorado Trust. In-kind sponsors included McDonald's Corporation, Safeway, Powerade and DJ Perry Washington. Media sponsors CBS 4, Jammin' 101.5 and the Urban Spectrum.

Plan now to be part of the next Destination Health: Saturday, July 28, 2012 in Denver's City Park.

Photo caption (from left): Billy Thompson, Denver Bronco Alumni Coordinator; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; Haven Moses, former Denver Bronco/event chair; Grant Jones, the Center's executive director.

 

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