The Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) Blueberry 5K Run/Walk held on
May 14, 2016 at Holland Family Blueberry Farm raised more than $8,000,
exceeding the goal by more than $3,000. Proceeds benefitted the Parrish
Early Care and Education (PECE) program at The Children's Center in
“We’d like to thank Holland Family Blueberry Farms for selecting
PECE as the beneficiary program and The Children’s Center as the
event partner. The community supported this event through sponsoring,
running and walking which helped us exceed our goal so more children can
be successful in school,” said Barbara Terhune, chair of the JPMF
Board of Directors.
More than 400 runners, walkers and volunteers participated in the sixth
annual Blueberry 5K, which was the final race in the Titusville Racing
Series. The PECE program provides high-quality developmental and educational
care in fully inclusive classrooms where typically developing children
and those with special needs learn together. The Children’s Center,
a service of Parrish Medical Center, houses seven not-for-profit agencies
that annually provide services for more than 2,200 families. Through collaboration
and coordination of specialized services, it offers a continuum of care
to all children, regardless of ability or socioeconomic status.
The committee secured sponsorships by community members and organizations.
Platinum sponsors included Jeffrey M. Barlow, DDS, PA and N. Christine
Sylvester. Gold sponsors included Canaveral Plastering Inc.; Bill and
Rachel Terry; and The Watauga Company. Event co-chairs were Jayne Goehmann
and Christina Mitsakos. Other members of the committee included Lori Duester,
Lorna Holland, Amy Lord, Esther Porta, Kathy Simonsen, and Marty Winkel.
The event was chip timed and managed by Space Coast Event Management.