On Sunday, December 11th, the Steadfast Giving Tree, in association with our Steadfast Santa Fun Run team, held our 2nd annual 5K for charity. Over 350 people registered and attended this super fun and worthy event.


The morning dawned cool and overcast, perfect for a run (or a walk—depending on your mood). Everywhere you looked you saw Santa hats, Fun Run red shirts, children, dogs and smiling faces. Everyone knew they weren’t just there for a quick run, but were there to support a great cause. Kids, anticipating the arrival of Santa, spent their time jumping in the bounce house, working at the craft table or having their faces painted until it was time. Christmas music and our emcee, Carrie Polonsky, kept everyone in the spirit. After the kick-off blessing by our founder, Rod Emery, it was time to head to the start line.


Then what to our wondering eyes should appear, but Santa Claus in his running gear. We took our marks, we got set and we WENT! Some were serious about their run taking off quickly at the start line, others took a more leisurely pace with their children, dogs and just socialized.


Once the 5K was done, it was time to take pictures with Santa and present the awards to the first, second and third place finishers. Hotdogs, popcorn and cotton candy were provided to the tired and sweaty runners. We’re proud to announce from donations and registrations, we raised…wait for it…


Over $74,000!! All of the proceeds benefit the Steadfast Giving Tree Foundation and will be distributed to the deserving organizations in which it supports. To learn more about these organizations and the Steadfast Giving Tree Foundation, please visit www.SteadfastGivingTree.org. Special thanks to all of our volunteers for their tireless efforts and for the sponsors that helped to make this event a great success!  Get rested team (and runners), we’re already looking forward to next year’s run.

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Our Charities:

Orange County Rescue Mission

Steadfast is also a supporter of the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope.  The Village of Hope, a 192-bed transitional housing program for homeless men, women and children, opened in March 2008 with the arrival of 30 men from the Rescue Mission’s shelter in Santa Ana. The Children’s Dream Center, a 6,000 square foot center located on the Village campus, was completed three months later in July and the Rescue Mission began admitting single homeless women with children and intact families. Learn more about the Orange County Rescue Mission here


Thomas House

Thomas House was founded in 1986 by a group of Orange County Residents who were members of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church. The mission of Thomas House is to provide a safe, supportive environment and the resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient. Learn more about Thomas House here


Isaiah House

Isaiah House of the Orange County Catholic Worker has served poor people with dignity since 1987. Located in Santa Ana’s eastside barrio on Cypress Street, this house of hospitality is open to people in need. Respectful personal attention is at the heart of our service.  Learn more about Isaiah House here


Project Access

Project Access strives to be the leading provider of vital health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities.  Our goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active. Learn more about Project Access here


Steadfast Employee Assistance Fund

The Steadfast Employee Assistance Fund (“EAF”) is a charitable account funded by Steadfast employees for Steadfast employees. Any employee of Steadfast Companies experiencing financial hardship is eligible for financial assistance, subject to certain application procedures.


To learn more about The Steadfast Giving Tree or how you can donate and volunteer, visit http://www.steadfastgivingtree.org/.


Contributed by Shellie Sylla, Marketing Manager (and 5K participant) Steadfast Management.