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Boys Town Texas Brings Awareness with Race for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Boys Town Texas held their fifth annual Race for the Prevention of ​Child Abuse “family fun event” Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Valero Energy Headquarters. Hosted by lead sponsor, Valero Energy Foundation, the races included a 5k and 10k.

Rain and chilly weather did not stop more than 400 individuals from supporting the cause. Participants ran in a wide array of accessory attire — from tutus, rain ponchos, baby buggy pushers, and umbrellas, participants took a stand running and relishing in the cooling rain.

Food and entertainment was provided as KENS-5 sportscaster Vinnie Vinzetta emceed and IAAP helped time all the races. This year, Frost Bank won the Team Spirit trophy with over 72 individuals who ran and 15 volunteered throughout the day. Vendors were set up along the pavilion creating a cheery and engaging atmosphere as dedicated volunteers assisted with the races.

“The race was a huge success,” said Sibonae de la Garza Jones, Assistant Vice President, Frost Private Bank. “The team work and dedication that Boys Town Texas puts into this race and each child they support goes hand-in-hand with what Frost represents when it comes to helping people and making a difference.Year after year our involvement with the race has grown because we recognize the need and want to help in any way we can to prevent child abuse in our community.”

“We learned that there are many people who believe in our mission and want to make a difference in our organization and the lives of children,” said Joyce Horner, Development Director, Boys Town Texas. “We hope to grow this event to become one of the top running events in the city.”

More than $60,000 was raised with all proceeds helping the youth at Boys Town Texas.

Child abuse is a prevalent societal issue and Boys Town Texas hopes to continue saving children and healing families by raising awareness in the San Antonio community. The Race for the Prevention of Child Abuse creates awareness for the need of more foster parents and kicks off April’s Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month.

A hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect affects more than six million children annually in the United States. And according to Childhelp, it’s a widespread war that we have the power to stop, and understanding the issue and bringing awareness is the first step.