Posted by: Jamie Kutchman Wynne & Stephanie Staats
Even with all of the time, energy and love that's poured into the Annual 5K for Quincy each year by the Board, Committee and countless volunteers, we rely heavily on sponsors to be able to pull off a fantastic event. Today, we're honored to introduce you to a few of our 2015 sponsors!
NOVEC HELPS is a company supported effort to gather organizational resources and engage employees in projects that target community needs. It was established to benefit the community that the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) serves. HELPS stands for Hands Engaged in Local Public Service and is a volunteer effort lead by NOVEC employees and their friends and families. NOVEC HELPS supports and sponsors a wide range of non-profit charitable, civic, educational, and youth activities in Northern Virginia. From feeding and sheltering the homeless and supporting emergency services, to raising funds to fight disease and fostering those in need, NOVEC HELPS has been there. NOVEC HELPS is excited to provide support to the Quincy Conner Foundation, serving as a sponsor for this wonderful event.
The Dale City Moose Lodge 2165 is a part of the Loyal Order of Moose fraternal and service organization founded in 1888. The Moose Fraternity was originally founded as a social club, but rapidly expanded to include valuable services to communities and care for it's members. The Moose organization contributes between $75 and $100 million worth of community service annually. In addition to local charity support, they also run Mooseheart Child City and School on a 1,000 acre campus near Chicago and Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community for senior Moose members near Jacksonville, FL. The Dale City Lodge has hundreds of members that live in and around Dale City. Supporting local charities like the Quincy Conner Foundation is what the Moose is all about!
And last but not least, we have a surprise for you. We were lucky enough to have a Q&A session with our next sponsor, the husband & wife team who recently opened Smoothie King in Woodbridge! Even more special, one is Katie Benjamin who is not only a Woodbridge High School graduate, but also a former WSHS teacher. Let's hear from Katie in her own words.
When did you open?
We opened Smoothie King March 24th of this year.
I was born and raised in Woodbridge, I wanted our first location to be where my "roots" are. After graduating from Woodbridge High School, I went back and taught at WSHS for 9 years. The Woodbridge community means the world to me and will always have a special place in my heart.
How is business so far?
Woodbridge was "hungry" for a healthy alternative and Smoothie King has fulfilled their hunger! We could not be happier with business and have done better than we imagined!
What is your view on community service/contribution?
I believe if everyone could be a little more altruistic we would all be much happier. My husband and I believe in giving back to the community. We have contributed to The House of Mercy in Manassas for almost 9 years and have sponsored a classroom there. We believe in the power of education and have donated to educational foundations, and we have supported various local sports teams.
What made you select the 5K for Quincy to sponsor?
This foundation embodies all that we believe in; scholarship, dedication, equality and honoring a man who truly deserved it and was taken too soon.
We are still welcoming sponsors for the 5K! If you're interested in sponsoring like these great organizations mentioned here and want to have your logo appear on the race t-shirts, please register by no later than September 4th. Visit the sponsorship page for all of the details!