The Second annual Raft and Run – started by Paragon Wealth Management in Provo – raised more then $40, 000 at its event this past Pioneer Day.
All Proceeds from the five-mile raft and 5k road race go to the Live Your Dream Scholarship Foundation, which helps single mothers in difficult situations pursue their education. The money raised at the event will provide at least 14 scholarships to single moms in need.
“Pioneer Day Raft and Run” Triples Live Your Dream Foundation’s College Scholarship Awards in 2014-2015
Annual Event Gives Single Utah Moms College Hope
PROVO, Utah—May 28, 2014–In its second year, The Pioneer Day Raft and Run will give more single moms a chance of achieving their college dreams if Paragon Wealth Management Founder and President and Live Your Dream Foundation visionary Dave Young continues to have his way. On the July 24th Pioneer Day holiday, charity event sponsor Paragon Wealth Management along with other Utah-based corporate and non-profit sponsors invite Utah families and individuals who love the outdoors to join in the fun and register to participate in this event that combines the excitement of a five-mile raft float with a 5k fun run.
To showcase the program’s success with its scholarship recipients, the Live Your Dream Foundation produced a video to share the quality of life stories already achieved in just the past few years.
Inspired by Young’s daughter Katie Bunnell, whose husband’s passing left her to provide for their three-month-old daughter, the “Live Your Dream” scholarship helps single mothers in difficult situations pursue a college education. The scholarship awards up to $2,000 per individual applicant and can be used for tuition at any Utah university or college. Due to an increase in demand and support from sponsors, the Live Your Dream Foundation decided to add a few more scholarships for 2014-2015; the deadline for new scholarship applications is July 18, 2014.
The 2nd Annual Pioneer Day Raft and Run begins at Canyon Glen Park where participants load on buses for transportation to the race start, beginning with a raft trip on the Provo River to Vivian Park. Once the raft docks, each team member will be timed to the finish of the 5k run at Canyon Glen Park. To learn more about the event, prizes, and to register, visit www.raftandrun.com.
Event proceeds enable Live Your Dream Foundation to double scholarships in 2014; next scholarship submission deadline is October 15
PROVO, Utah—July 29, 2013—Onone ofthe first overcast days in July, participants from across the state gathered at Provo River Canyon to support single, Utah moms and their mission of a college degree. Raising more than $30,000 for the Live Your Dream Foundation and Scholarship, the proceeds from this year’s inaugural Pioneer Day Raft and Run will provide tuition assistance for up to 10 more Utah moms, allowing them to finish their college degrees and improve the quality of life for their families.
“We are so excited about participant turnout at the first-ever Pioneer Day Raft and Run,” said Event Director David Kyle. “We knew we had come up with something special when we couldn’t find this exact type of race hosted anywhere else in the U.S. We never imagined how well attended this unique event would be especially as it landed on a state holiday.
We raised more proceeds than projected and are ecstatic to be able to offer more scholarships to single moms in 2014.”
The Live Your Dream Scholarship awards up to $2,000 per individual
applicant and can be used for tuition at any Utah university or college. The next submission deadlineis October 15, 2013.
The Pioneer Day Raft and Run and Live Your Dream Foundation Scholarship were founded by Paragon Wealth Management Founder and CEO Dave Young after his daughter Katie lost her husband at a young age, leaving her with a three-month-old daughter to raise on her own.
Pleased with event results, the inspiration behind the scholarship and Live Your Dream Foundation President Katie Bunnell said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished on this year’s Pioneer Day and look forward to adding more rafts and runners next year to ensure the scholarship is available to Utah moms for years to come.”
In addition to Paragon Wealth Management, generous event sponsors included The Barbara Barrington Foundation, who donated $10,000 to the event, as well High Country Adventure, Rev Media, H.M. Cole®, 26.2 Running, Kneaders®, Rubios®, Noodles and Company, UtahRunning.com, Sports Clips, among others. The Live Your Dream Foundation will continue to raise awareness for their cause and welcomes donations to the foundation and scholarship on a year-round basis. To learn more about the Pioneer Day Raft and Run, Live Your Dream scholarship and foundation mission, go to www.raftandrun.com.