“There is no doubt in my mind that funds raised, confidently, will help children reach a safe and healthy place. You can really feel blessed in being a part of helping us do that,” said Child Advocacy Services CEO Rob Carlisle to Middendorf’s and race sponsors. “We’re just so thankful for the support that you give us. It means so much to us.”

Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant hosted a Thank You Luncheon for the sponsors of their 9th Annual Middendorf’s Manchac Run and revealed the highly-anticipated numbers from the event.

This year, 682 people participated in the 5K, 10K and 10 mile races that started and finished at Middendorf’s on Old Hwy 51. The money raised from the November 11 event came to a record-breaking $20,100 thanks to participant entries and sponsorships.

“As business owners, we get asked to donate, donate, donate. We all choose things that we love, and we all want to help our community,” said Middendorf’s Owner Karen Pfeifer to luncheon guests. “My belief is truly take care of your village, and my village is Tangipahoa Parish and my region. I start here, and I can’t do that without the other businesses. It’s so beautiful to have you step up to the plate with me as business owners and jump into growing our village. It starts with the kids which is what Child Advocacy Services does.”

Child Advocacy Services is the recipient of the 2017 race proceeds. The private, non-profit organization serves ten parishes throughout our local area. It provides advocacy, clinical services and prevention resources to give voice, healing and security to children through their Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Child Advocacy Center (CAC) programs.

“There is no doubt in my mind that funds raised, confidently, will help children reach a safe and healthy place. You can really feel blessed in being a part of helping us do that,” said Child Advocacy Services CEO Rob Carlisle to Middendorf’s and race sponsors. “We’re just so thankful for the support that you give us. It means so much to us.”

After receiving the race check, Carlisle presented Middendorf’s with a framed button and explained the very special meaning behind it.

“Like buttons, children come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and they all need a secure thread to hold them tightly and let them know there is hope. Each child that comes to Child Advocacy Services selects two buttons — one to represent their journey and one to give to us. We collect our buttons to show other children just how many children have come before them, bravely and courageously, but then we also take those buttons out of the jar to give to our fantastic donors.”

And the thank you’s kept coming. As a year-round thank you to the race sponsors, Middendorf’s announced that they will dedicate a portion of the front of their building to showcase the sponsors and details about this year’s race. It will be painted on the building and stay up until next year’s race.

In November 2018, the Manchac Run will reach a milestone — it’s 10th year. Hopefully, it will get an even better reaction from Pfeifer than in 2017.

“There was an incredible turnout. The weather was phenomenal. The crowds were great, and it was just a beautiful, beautiful day.”

Race results are available online at www.nolarunning.com. To stay up-do-date with happenings at Middendorf’s, log onto www.middendorfsrestaurant.com. To learn more about Child Advocacy Services, log onto www.childadv.net. You can also follow both on Facebook and Instagram.

Contributed by Christie Gardiner