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January 11th, 2022
Death Valley to Hope of the Valley
The 250 Mile Run to End Homelessness
Starting February 23rd, Ken Craft (Founder/CEO of Hope of the Valley) and Rowan Vansleve (President/CFO) are going to run from the lowest, the hottest, the driest… the most isolated place in the United States—Death Valley—to a place called HOPE. For those who have been to Death Valley, you know that not much lives there; the terrain and temperatures are inhospitable. It is called Death Valley for reason; that is where things die.
Death Valley is the perfect analogy for what happens when people become homeless. When people lose their housing and are forced to live unsheltered, they slowly start to die. Mental, emotional and physical capacity diminish. Dreams die…Hope dies! The flicker of life slowly gets extinguished. We must move people from a place of death to a place of hope!
The 250 mile run will illustrate the inevitable struggle that takes place when a person determines to exit the Valley of Death and move to the Valley of Hope!
On Wednesday February 23rd, they will attempt, physically and mentally, the most difficult challenge of their lives. Over a 16-day period, they will put their bodies to the test, running an average of 15-17 miles per day over formidable terrain to make a point, increase awareness and raise much needed funds for the Mission. Hope of the Valley is on the verge of opening the Trebek Center but still needs to raise approximately $500,000. Their hope is to raise $250,000 through Death-Run-per-mile sponsorships and the other $250,000 through major gifts.
Please consider sponsoring Ken and Rowan with the most generous per mile donation you can afford. Example, if you sponsor $.50 per mile, you would donate $125.00. If you sponsored $1.00 per mile you would donate $250.00. If you sponsor $5.00 per mile you would donate $1,250. If you sponsor me $10.00 per mile you would donate $2,500.
No sponsorship amount is too small or too big. Equal sacrifice not equal gifts!
Special Incentive – For those who are able to make a flat sponsorship of $5,000 or higher, we will name one of the Trebek Center bedrooms in your honor! (107 Bedrooms Available). You will also receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt with a special quote from the late Alex Trebek and artwork by Ryan Murray.