Mission 500, a charitable organization that works closely with the security industry to serve children in need in the U.S., raised $113,000 at its ninth annual Security 5K/2K Run/Walk and related sponsorships at this year’s ISC West.
Proceeds from the event will benefit children in need in the U.S., with a portion donated to a project in Puerto Rico which benefits children living in poverty who have been affected by Hurricane Maria.
While at ISC West, attendees assembled Mission 500 Care Packs for 500 children in need living in Las Vegas. This initiative was generously sponsored by HID Global.
The packs were distributed by The Children’s Health Fund and were personally delivered and donated by Mission 500, HID Global, Freeman and the ISC West Security Events team.
“ISC West continues to be one of the cornerstone events that Mission 500 participates in every year,” said Tim Purpura, Chairman of the Board, Mission 500. “On behalf of Mission 500 and all of the children and families in need we support, I extend my sincerest thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers and people who participated in the successful fund raisers staged at this year’s show.”
Fifteen members of the 500 Club, which recognizes volunteers who raise $500 or more for Mission 500, raised a combined $22,000 and received branded Mission 500 portable battery power banks for charging smartphones, tablets and most USB devices.
The top fundraising team was Brink’s Home Security, which raised a total of $9,880. Jeff Gardner of Brinks was the top individual fundraiser, collecting $8,750, followed by Ronnie Pennington of Altronix with $3,100.
Heather Miller of Anixter raised $1,720, which will be matched by her employer for a total of $3,440. Two staff members from Brink’s Home Security, along with Jeff Gardner, have been awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Mission 500’s next Service Trip in Puerto Rico.
Mission 500 acknowledged medal winners and sponsors at the Security 5K/2K awards ceremony.
Additionally, Mission 500 honored The Hurricane Harvey Heroes with its annual Humanitarian Award and Corporate Social Responsibility Award, which acknowledges individuals in the security industry who make important contributions to those in need. Winners of the Humanitarian Award include:
- Curtis Kindred, President of American Defense Systems
- Harley Schild, President of Vault Security
- Todd Fitch, President of Point Security
- Altronix Corp. of Brooklyn, NY, received Mission 500’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award.
The Security 5K/2K is a joint collaboration organized by United Publications, the publisher of Security Systems News, ISC Events and Mission 500. Confirmed charter sponsors are Alarm.com, Altronix Corporation, Avigilon, Axis Communications, Bosch, Brink’s Home Security CMAC, COPS Monitoring, DITEK Corporation, DMP, Freeman, Galaxy Control Systems, HID Global, Hikvision, LRG Marketing Communications, Milestone Systems, Safety Technology International, Inc., and ScanSource.
The race was operated by Las Vegas Running Company, a race management company that stages approximately 25 road races each year across Southern Nevada.
This year’s fastest female was Karen Salerno of ISC Events with a time of 21:43. The fastest male and overall winner was Brian Matthews of Vingtor Stentofon, who completed the 5K course in 20:42. Complete race times can be found at here.
For more information on the Security 5K and Mission 500, contact Jeff Eichenlaub at email@example.com, or call 631-219-8728.
Mission 500 is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children living in severe poverty across the United States.
Through corporate sponsorships and donations, the volunteer-driven initiative has distributed more than 15,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools, provided almost 70,000 weekend meals to children who aren’t promised a meal outside of a school setting, and most recently, donated 300 hope packs filled with school supplies and essential hygiene items for children misplaced by natural disasters.
Mission 500 also serves as an advisory team for partners in Canada and Latin America. Through this partnership, Mission 500 LATAM is currently sponsoring 1,000 impoverished children around the world.