The inaugural Parkland Dash 5K Run and 2 Mile Fun Run / Walk, that was in October and more successful than expected, has left city officials with a happy problem.
The event raised $8,443, with 248 people participating. At a recent workshop, city officials discussed whether to use the money to continue funding Family Central and Area on Aging, the two nonprofit organizations that currently receive city grants, or to spread the money around to other groups. The decision to use the money for the city’s grant program was made in April this year.
Vice Mayor Mark Weissman wanted Family Central and Area on Aging to receive some of the money. “We also have the city’s education advisory board [EAB] and the Parkland Education Fund. My proposal would be to give these four organizations about $2,100 each.”
Commissioner Jared Moskowitz said he was in favor of the city inviting applications from nonprofit organizations looking for support. “The application process should be accompanied by some kind of objective criteria.”
“I like that the money stays in Parkland when we support Family Central and Area on Aging,” Moskowitz said. “A lot of charities have been hit hard due to the economy. Homelessness has increased dramatically in this area. I would be interested to see what else is out there and who is hurting.”
A portion of the money should be set aside as seed money for next year’s event, Mayor Michael Udine said. “We far exceeded what we thought we were going to do. Let us set aside about $1,400 for next year’s event. I think it will be a mistake to open this up to applications; we will then get tons of requests from everybody for $7,000.”
“We thought we would raise a maximum of $5,000,” Commissioner Dave Rosenof said. “Everyone who took part in the event wanted to know where the money is going.”
According to the decision made by the City Commission, the city will set aside $5,000 to spend on its schools. The EAB will get back to city officials with proposals on how to spend the money. To make next year’s event a bigger one, the city would set aside $1,400 while about $2,000 will be given to nonprofit organizations.
The inaugural event, which was presented by Standard Pacific Homes, was organized on Oct. 16 at Pine Trails Park.