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Coalition’s event raises $21K for homeless shelters

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Walkers, kids, costume contest participants and stroller pushers were among those who took part in the Rock, Run ‘N Roll fundraiser Saturday for the Roswell Homeless Coalition. (Submitted Photo)

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Calling the event an “amazing show of community support,” a Roswell Homeless Coalition board member said the group’s recent fundraiser raked in thousands, drew in hundreds and offered music, fun and fitness.

The First Annual Rock, Run ‘N Roll event Saturday at Enchanted Lands Park raised $21,594 and had 210 participants, including volunteers and walkers, runners, bike riders, roller bladers, roller skaters, scooter riders, wheelchair drivers and stroller pushers.

Registrants raised part of the money, and individuals and groups also sponsored the event at the vinyl level for $500, gold level for $1,000 and platinum level for $2,500. The event also included a costume contest and live music with bands and performers.

“We wanted to make sure that everybody who wanted to participate could. That’s why we did it as a 1K, 5K. We did have a clock out there, but it wasn’t for competitiveness,” said Jeneva Martinez. “We wanted it to be more fun and inclusive for everyone.”

All of the money raised will go to the coalition, which manages a men’s and a women’s shelter.

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“We raised about two and half months’ worth of operational funds for the shelters, and 100 percent of the money raised goes directly to keeping those doors open,” Martinez said. “It was a very successful event. But, because we don’t receive any federal, state and local money and we only rely on money from the community and fundraising right now, we are still looking at what our next fundraiser will be.”

The Heart of Gold event at the home of Jesse McDaniel is slated for Dec. 21. The event features Christmas decorations, hot chocolate and dessert.

The coalition also has requested state capital outlay funds for shelter improvements. But, if approved by legislators, funds would not be available until the second half of 2019 at the earliest and could only be used for capital projects. The nonprofit also continues to accept donations. More information is available from its website, roswellhomelesscoalition.com.

Martinez said that the coalition has housed 183 clients so far this year and last month alone served 2,127 meals.