2022 Racing for Rescues Breaks Records, Raises Over $55,000

It was a misty Sunday morning when everyone lined up for the starting horn. People and dogs alike, in their waves of starting times, ready to make that 5K trek through Dorothea Dix Park. And what a day it was!

Second Chance’s yearly Racing for Rescues 5K/fun walk is an event that many of our supporters look forward to every year, both as a community event and as a way to raise funds for the oldest no-kill rescue in Wake County. But this year, it seems the community had a little extra love for Second Chance and our animals: the 2022 race saw a record number of registrants with 580 runners and walkers! That beats our 2017 record by over 20 people! Considering how unpredictable the past few years have been, we were both stunned by and grateful for the turnout.

Finally, the number everyone has been wondering about: how much money did this year’s event raise for our kitties and pups? Thanks to our generous donors, fundraisers, raffle ticket buyers, sponsors, and registrants, we were able to raise over $55,000! Yes, you read that right! These funds will go towards supporting Second Chance’s mission of championing homeless cats and dogs in our area to find forever homes as well as promoting responsible pet ownership.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the park, participated virtually, or donated in lieu of being able to attend. Your support is greatly appreciated, and we cannot wait until later this year for our next big event, the Evening of Pawsibilities gala/auction! Save the date (September 24) and keep your ears perked, as more details about ticket sales will come in early July!

The Mini-Challenge is BACK! Ready, Set, GO!

With just 10 days left until Racing for Rescues, we’re bringing back the mini-challenge: a week-long burst of fundraising for cats and dogs who need a second chance. In addition to the overall fundraising awards, the mini-challenge awards will be handed out at the 5K race/fun walk on May 1. (Can’t join us or need to leave early? That’s OK! We have a virtual event for remote participants, and even in-person participants needn’t be present to win.)

Ready? Here are the details for the challenge, which runs from April 22 to April 28 (ending 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 28):

  1. The fundraiser who receives the highest number of gifts$20.00 or more April 22-28 (NOT the largest amount of funds, but the largest number of individual gifts) will win a $25 Starbucks gift card AND a Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant gift card for dinner for two!
  2. All fundraisers who receive at least 5 gifts of $20 or more April 22-28 will be entered to win (in a random drawing) two FREE registrations (shirts included) for next year’s Racing for Rescues event!

And YES! These prizes are in addition to our other fundraising prizes up for grabs (three $50 Target gift cards, one $250 Diamonds Direct gift card, and free 2023 Racing for Rescues registrations/shirts). Learn more about those prizes and how to win them by clicking HERE and scrolling down to the fundraising prizes section.

The Fine Print:

  1. Eligible contributions must be made directly to your fundraising page or must be in the form of a check or cash with an indication that the money is for your fundraiser.
  2. Eligible contributions include gifts of $20.00 or more per donor, and the donor cannot be you if it is for your fundraiser (you are, however, welcome to donate to someone else’s fundraiser and have your gift count towards their total). For example, if two of your neighbors donate $20 each to your fundraiser, both will count for the challenge; if your mother donates $20 three times, only one gift will count for the challenge; if you donate $20 to your own fundraiser, the gift will not count for the challenge; if you donate $40 to another fundraiser, that gift will count as one contribution for them.
  3. All online donations must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 28. All checks and cash must be received by Second Chance (address below) by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, April 29. You’re welcome to add these funds as an offline donation if you have a JustGiving page so your total is accurate, but the checks/cash must be received by our organization to count towards the competition.

The How-to:

  1. If you haven’t already taken this step, register to run or walk in-person or remotely and select the option for “Yes, I would like to help raise more money for animals in need!” when asked about fundraising.
  2. We’ll email you all the info you need to create your fundraiser, or if you’d like to set up right away, you can create a Facebook or JustGiving fundraiser. While you don’t have to edit your page from its pre-set defaults to begin receiving donations, sharing your story–and photos–with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers will get them to donate more!
  3. Ask others to support you. You can share your fundraiser’s link with everyone you know! You can email or text the link or post it on your social media pages.

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