Walk. Run. And Glow on Saturday, March 25th on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas for the 29th Annual The Dash Experience benefiting U & I, a 72-year-old nonprofit that works to build opportunities of inclusion for veterans, adults and youth with disabilities.
“This is a unique event as we celebrate those who are often overlooked in our community including our veterans and people with disabilities,” said Hugh Breland, CEO of U&I. “Our organization focuses on providing employment, housing, transportation and education for veterans, adults, and youth with disabilities. This family-friendly event will help us fund important programs to assist the most vulnerable in North Texas.”
The Dash 2023 includes a certified 5k glow-run, a one-mile walk, shop small market, kids zone, food trucks and live music experience featuring Paul Wall & The Chris Perez Band. Registration is now open at TheDash23.Com or participants can register the day of the event. The 5k is $30 per person and the one-mile walk is $20 per person. On-site registration and pre-race activities begin at 4:30 p.m. Registration increases to $35 for the 5k and $25 for the one-mile walk on race day.
There will be fun for the whole family with DJ Throwdown Sam from Majic 94.5 mixing live alongside a full line-up of amazing musicians, a Kid Zone featuring games, face painting and interactive activities; scrumptious eats at the Food Truck Alley; spirits at the Beer Garden; and local vendors in the Shop Small Market.
The 5k race, one-mile walk and glow experience kicks off at sunset. U&I will invite participants to light up Trinity Groves with glow paint, glow sticks and other glowing surprises.
In 1951, Jean Walker Bentley overcame cultural barriers and spoke out for disabled children and their families. She started the Children’s Development Center to meet the scholastic and socialization needs of children with special needs. In 1981, the federal government mandated that public schools had the responsibility to educate children with disabilities. The organization evolved to help veterans find employment and provide vocational training for special education students preparing to transition out of high school.
Today, as one of the largest workforce development centers in North Texas, U&I continues to meet the needs of disabled individuals by providing vocational training, job readiness training, paid work opportunities and community placement to more than 1000 youth and adults with severe intellectual, physical and/or mental health disabilities. More information about U&I is available at uandispreadthelight.com.
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