Fort Lauderdale fundraiser to reel in the crowds

August 28, 2013 by  

The annual Tunnel to Towers 5K event is due to take place on in early September in Fort Lauderdale. More than 2,500 people are expected to take part in the fundraiser, with a mixture of walkers and runners.

According to a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman, the Florida firefighters consider it an honor to take part in the event and express gratitude to those who offer support to the Tunnel to Tower Foundation – a non-profit organization raising money to help war veterans and honor first response teams.

The group was set up in honor of Stephen Siller, who ran three miles to reach the World Trade Center and help other responders during the September 11 attacks. Siller joined Squad 1, which had no survivors. Servicemen and women who have received severe injuries are helped by the organization, and it also raises money to build homes for those who have lost limbs while working to defend their country. The regional race director of the organization, Vicki Casas, says that the help is an attempt to give something back to the veterans and help them regain their independence.

Families are encouraged to participate in the event, with all proceeds going to the organization. Although the event has been taking place for three years, promotion is still no doubt required to direct interested parties to the location of the race. Local banner printing services may also be used on September 7, when the event takes place.