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February 6, 2015

Clarke Jacksonville Prepares for 3rd Annual Kilwins Ice Cream Run


February 6, 2015—Clarke “kiddies” are stretching out and limbering up for the 2015 Kiddie Dash that coincides with the 3rd Annual Kilwins Ice Cream Run on March 7, 2015, hosted by Kilwins Jacksonville, located in the St. Johns Town Center. Every Friday in February there is a Kiddie Dash Prize Day whereby Clarke children practice for the 100 yard dash and chances to win prizes. And on March 6th, the day before the race, there will be a school-wide pep rally and honoring of top student fundraisers.

It's the Happiest Race in Town

Each year, over 500 people turn out for this fun, family-friendly event which benefits Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. On Saturday, March 7, 2015, both adults and children have opportunities to get involved in the fun. The race, a 5K run or 1 mile walk, will feature a course around the shops of the Town Center and will end with an ice cream celebration for all participants. The grand prize for the race is a year of free ice cream from Kilwins. Participants showing their “ice cream flair” by dressing up in their favorite flavor and mode of consumption whether that be cone, dish, or banana split, also have a chance to win a year of free Kilwins ice cream! Development Assistant and race coordinator, Siobhan Egan states, “Both runners and spectators at the past races continue to comment on what a fun, happy event this is each year, so don’t miss the chance to be a part of this feel good experience!”

This is a fundraiser for Clarke Schools Jacksonville with moneys going to directly benefit the families who use Clarkes’ services. Egan states, “We have sponsorship levels to meet every need and budget with all race proceeds going to Clarke to help children who are deafor hard of hearing. With valuable benefits at each sponsor level, you can market your business while supporting a great cause–do good by doing good!”

Kilwins Jacksonville is owned by Jacksonville residents Dana and Vance Stallings. Avid runners themselves, they conceived of the race as a way to bring attention to Clarke Schools and to hearing loss. Their daughter Haley attended Clarke and as Dana puts it, “Clarke did so much for Haley and this is a way for me to give back.”

Clarke wishes to thank Kilwins for their continued generosity and partnership, and all the 2015 sponsors for Kilwins Ice Cream Run. Thank you: Baptist Health-Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Cailin Smith Photography, Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, Meridian Integrative Wellness, Atlantic Coast Bank, Brooks Rehabilitation, CAPT & Mrs. Dennis Egan USN (Ret.), Cochlear Americas, Hearing Loss Association of America- Jacksonville Chapter, Jax All Glass, MED-EL, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Wow! Hair at Palencia, Bill Corwin and Jennifer Rosner, Budd’s Medical Care, CertusBank, Citi and Gleason Hope Law, P.A. If you would like your company or organization to be a sponsor of this great event, there’s still time! For more information and to be a part of the Kilwins Ice Cream Run, visit Clarke at clarkeschools.org/icecreamrun.