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Supporting local charities

The race has a long history of donating race proceeds to local non-profits, and last year the race decided to provide a new opportunity to area charities, allowing 3 partner charities to use the race as a fundraising platform.

The 33rd Bridge of Flowers 10K and the newly renamed "Nathan Hale Charity 3k Run & Walk" will take place on Saturday, August 13th 2011 in beautiful downtown Shelburne Falls, and this year the race is partnering with 5 non-profit charities.

When you register you can select a "charity of choice" from one of the 5 agencies listed. The charity you select will get a larger percentage of any profits from the race. You will also have the option to raise money through a pledge page for the charity, but this is NOT mandatory for participation in the race. (A pledge page is automatically created for you when you register, but you are under no obligation to use it)

The 2011 Charity Partners are: (in order of joining the race)

DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services is a community-based non-profit agency that has been serving the youth and communities of Western MA since 1977. Providing a wide array of services that foster youth empowerment and community service. Over the course of the last three decades, more than 18,000 area youth have been served by the agency in Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the North Quabbin Region.

Forest Moon:Celebrating Cancer Survivorship offers free/low-cost support programs for people living with a cancer diagnosis and an accompanying friend or family member in western MA, VT and NH. Retreats and workshops offer activities such as writing, art, meditation, yoga, physical exercise and healthy cooking to help participants deal with the emotional challenges of cancer within a supportive community.

Ballet Renverse's mission is to foster the art of ballet by providing classical ballet training and performances for the public. Ballet is the core curriculum and our classes follow a Cecchetti-based syllabus, designed to be appropriate to a child's age and level of development. All classes take place after school at the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School in Shelburne Falls, MA. An important feature of the program is Duncan dance taught through selected works from the Duncan repertory by Cynthia James. Isadora Duncan is known as the mother of modern dance, a pioneer of expressive dancing.

Sunrise Foundation supports children's programming in Nicaragua. While reaching out to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families, they encourage and support collaboration between school, government and community organizations in order to address their educational, emotional, psychological, social and health needs.

The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support recovery at both the individual and community level through trauma-sensitive peer supports and the development of a regional network. They believe that human relationships are at the center of what heals people who have experienced extreme emotional states, trauma, mental health diagnoses and a variety of other challenges in life.

For more information call Phil Ringwood, Charity Admin. at 413-774-7054 ext115.