Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K raises $11,000 to fight hunger

On Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 100 runners and walkers participated in the Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K to Fight Hunger. Merrill Lynch partnered with United Way of Martin County to revive the successful race that was last held in 2015.

Thanks to generous donors, sponsors and runners nearly $11,000 was raised that will provide holiday meals for over 1,000 families in need through United Way of Martin County’s White Doves Holiday Project.

“We are thrilled with the support from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and we know that these holiday meals will mean so much to the families here in Martin County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez. Chelsea Hollingsworth of Stuart won the race with a time of 18:56.5 and Kurt Barnhill of Palm City was the top overall male winner with a time of 18:56.7. For more than 30 years United Way of Martin County has provided toys and food to families in need through its White Doves Holiday Project.

Last year, United Way distributed 14,335 toys to 2,767 local children as well as a traditional holiday meal to more than 1,000 families served.

Sponsors include: Amundi Pioneer Asset Management; Thornburg Investment Management; PIMCO; Jeremiah Baron & Co. Commercial Real Estate,LLC.; Pipeline Utilities, Inc; Sweatspiration; Federated Investors, Inc.; Turning Point Counseling Services; Treasure Coast Legal; Fleet Feet Stuart; Nuveen and Zweben Law Group.

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