2nd Annual Rock & Read 5k Raises $25,000!
The Friends of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the library, hosted its second annual Rock & Read 5K Run/Walk presented by Katten and Target on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at the Scaleybark Library Branch in Southend. The group raised more than $25,000 for book collections at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and roughly 300 people participated in this year’s event.
Race organizers also held a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and a Kids’ Dash presented by Commercial Defeasance featuring Chubby of the Charlotte Checkers and Rufus of the Charlotte Bobcats. Participants and spectators enjoyed music at every mile of the race and a festival atmosphere following the event including a live band, food and drinks. The Friends also started a new initiative this year to continue the theme of making Rock & Read a great event for everyone. They partnered with other non-profits like Communities in Schools, YWCA Central Carolinas, Literacy R.O.C.K.S. Project, No Fizz USA and several others that helped bring a really diverse group out on race day.
”Our goal this year was to connect our community and demonstrate that we are all in this race together,” said Jon Davis, Race Co-Chair and Board member of the Friends of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. “The library is a vital source of information for our citizens, and it was special to have so many organizations and sponsors involved that share our vision of moving our community forward.”