Reach Out Rocky Mount Board President Lige Daughtridge was asked if he could bottle and sell what the Rocky Mount area achieved with last month's Fun Run for Charities, which earned $455,118 for area nonprofits. He said it all has to do with "community pride."

"Everybody has to take responsibility for their community to pull something like this off," he said. "It's no secret that Eastern North Carolina and Rocky Mount are struggling," he said. "We have just chosen to take responsibility for our future."

The Fun Run event, modeled after a famous charity race in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was brought to the Nash County community by Helen Laughery, who wanted to continue the legacy of giving back to the area that she had enjoyed with her late husband Jack, former CEO of Hardees.

The event attracts hundreds of volunteers and runners. The NCCF helps with administration. "We couldn't achieve what we do without the help of the Foundation and Kelly Lee [NCCF Regional Associate]," Daughtridge said. "We thought about starting our own 501-C-3, but our partnership with the NCCF allows us to save resources and focus on execution."

Read the Philanthropy Journal article for complete details about the event's history and outcomes. Reach Out Rocky Mount's Fun Run site also provides details on grant recipients and links to more event photos.

Photo on home page courtesy of Alan Anderson Photography.

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