CHICAGO – Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) celebrates the more than 27,000 girls it has helped to become strong, healthy women at its 13th Annual Sparkle & Shine Gala. The event is held Friday, November 16 at the landmark Drake Hotel and all funds raised help to underwrite scholarships for Girls on the Run participants and support program expansion in low-income communities throughout Chicagoland.
GOTRC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Using a fun, experience-based after school curriculum which creatively integrates running, the innovative program for girls in grades 3-8 combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. The program culminates in a 5k event, which gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as the framework for setting and achieving life goals, athletic or otherwise. “We have just finished conducting our annual evaluation which has shown, with statistical significance, that girls who complete the program have a stronger sense of identity, a greater acceptance of themselves, a healthier body image and an understanding of what it means to be physically and emotionally healthy.” Said Kristen Kainer-Turner, GOTRC Senior Program Manager.
During the 13th Annual Sparkle & Shine Gala, GOTRC will host its popular live and silent auctions featuring the best in sports & fitness, food, adventure, travel and more. High-profile items that will be up for auction at the Gala include a weekend in a Porsche Panamera; a private flight in a WWII plane, tickets to Jay Leno, Windy City Live, The New Ricki Lake Show, and The Wendy Williams Show; dinner for two at Girl & the Goat; a family membership to the Chicago History Museum; a golf foursome and lunch at the Olympia Fields Country Club and more.
Additionally, attendees will enjoy wine, beer and specialty drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres and live music
courtesy of Final Say. “Our annual gala helps support our scholarship fund that distributed more than $761,000 in program fees last year alone to ensure that every girl can participate in our life-changing program, regardless of financial need,” said Kainer-Turner.
Tickets are $150 for gala admission. For more information on the Girls on the Run-Chicago 13th Annual Sparkle & Shine Gala or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.gotrchicago.org/gala or call the Girls on the Run-Chicago office at (773) 342-1250.
Major sponsors for the event include PEAK6, Perkins Investment Management, Eileen Fisher, Allstate, AT&T,
Ideaction Corps, Chicago Athletic Clubs, The John and Carol Walter Family, Running Away Multisport, The
Drake Hotel, Aloha Document Services, Southern Wines & Spirits, MillerCoors, Accelerated Rehabilitation
Centers, TimeOut Chicago, and PepsiCo.
About Girls On the Run-Chicago
Girls on the Run-Chicago is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be healthy and confident. Using a fun, experience-based after-school curriculum which creatively integrates running, the
innovative program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Over the past 13 years, Girls on the Run-Chicago has served more than 27,000 girls aged 8-14 across 6 Chicagoland counties. In 2012, more than 1,000 coaches will mentor 8,000 girls - empowering them with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women.