Bridge Run to Benefit Foundation

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 16, 2009 – Each year runners from the southeastern United States and beyond race across Georgia’s tallest span during the Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run, a certified US Track Association 5K course. While it is a test of endurance and a day for families to come out and participate in the other activities available, the Run is much more than a day of fun. The proceeds will benefit the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation.

The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, was founded in 1994 and provides the basis of ongoing support for the not-for-profit Health System’s new programs, services, and equipment needed to ensure that quality health care is always available in southeast Georgia. “The Foundation Board became involved with the Bridge Run because it is a great project, a wonderful event that we chose as our signature fundraising event this year,” says Brunswick lawyer Jim Bishop, board chair. “The Run represents the spirit of what the Foundation is all about—community.”

The Foundation Board of Directors, composed of members of the community, works to support the Health System through philanthropic efforts, so that the Health System can continue the rich tradition of medical excellence. “Our area is very fortunate to have a health care facility and physicians that are second to none,” Bishop says. “Raising money for the Health System benefits the entire community and supporting this Bridge Run is a great way to further enhance health care services in Southeast Georgia.”

The Run, which will cross the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge on Highway 17 in Brunswick, Ga., on Saturday, March 21. The cost is $25 per person. Runners and walkers can register up until the day of the run and at 7:30 a.m. under the Health System tent. The Run begins at 9 a.m. at the Brunswick side of the bridge. Because of the steep grade of the bridge, no baby strollers, running strollers, or roller blades will be allowed.

Additional activities at this annual event include a 5K Walk, Department of Natural Resources Interactive Fishing Booth, children’s activities, including a virtual fishing interactive course and face painting, live radio broadcasts by Sunny 103.3 and WYNR, food and awards.

For more information about the Foundation and the Health System, visit www.sghs.com.