DANA POINT, Calif., August 16, 2013, 4:56 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce has announced the four local charities who will receive a portion of the proceeds from the 36th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. The four charities will utilize Crowdrise, an online donation platform, to garner donations from Turkey Trot registrants and their supporters. In addition to the funds raised on Crowdrise, each charity has the opportunity to receive an additional $5,000 from the Dana Point Chamber by earning the most donations online. Each charity is guaranteed a donation of at least $1,000.
The four participating charities are The Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano, Family Assistance Ministries, The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934. Supporters can choose their favorite charity and make a donation at Crowdrise.com/danapointturkeytrot.
The charity that raises the most money through Crowdrise will receive an additional $5,000 donation from the Dana Point Chamber. The charity to raise the second highest amount will receive an additional $2,500 donation; the third $1,500 and the fourth $1,000.
“We are so appreciative of Dana Point businesses and community members who welcome the Turkey Trot each year,” said Heather Johnston, Executive Director of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. “Because of this support, we have been able to donate over $100,000 to local charities in the past and we are excited to continue this tradition of giving.”
The Dana Point Turkey Trot brings more than 15,000 people to the coastal community of Dana Point every Thanksgiving Day morning. The presence of runners, walkers, volunteers, and partners from near and far have a positive impact on the Dana Point economy not just on Thanksgiving Day, but the entire weekend. Families travel from surrounding cities and states to spend their holiday weekend in one of Dana Point's many hotels or enjoy their Thanksgiving Day meal at one of Dana Point's local restaurants. Additionally, monies raised during the Turkey Trot help fund the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce programs centered around helping local businesses grow and succeed.
About the 36th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
Now in its 36th year, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has been named one of America's best Thanksgiving Day runs by Fitness Magazine. An Orange County tradition with more than 16,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, spectators, sponsors and vendors, the course runs through the scenic and picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Running USA said the Dana Point Turkey Trot is the ninth largest Thanksgiving Day race in the nation, and the second largest in California. The race offers walkers and runners a 10k, 5k, Kids' Gobble Wobble, and a two-day health and wellness expo. For more information about the 36 th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, visit http://www.turkeytrot.com