Monitronics has a proud history of supporting the nonprofit organization Mission 500, and the latest chapter took place on Saturday, Aug. 6, at our headquarters in Farmers Branch, Texas. We partnered with Mission 500, along with Title One schools, for the inaugural Moni 5K for Children.
In this case, 5K equaled 25K: The event raised $25,000 for Mission 500, which has worked closely with the security industry since 2007 to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis.
More than 300 runners participated in the race, which culminated in an awards ceremony. The top three male and female finishers received trophies and cash prizes:
- First place: Ben Chesang and Kelsey Bruce ($1,000 each)
- Second place: John Valentine and Lauren Versweyweld ($750 each)
- Third place: Clint Bell and Anna Salazar ($500 each)
Our employees have always been known for pitching in for a worthy cause, and the race was no exception. Dozens of Moni employees ran in the event, while many others contributed a huge chunk of their time to volunteer. The event also got a boost from an appearance by Bill Rodgers, an American icon among runners and a four-time Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon winner.
The Moni 5K had its genesis last spring when 17-year-old Brock Gardner expressed interest in doing a service project. A race was a natural fit since Brock’s dad, CEO Jeff Gardner, has been running and helping to sponsor races for years. Working together, and also with employees across the organization, everyone created a successful event that will continue beyond this year.
“The race is an important cause for Monitronics,” Jeff said. “It not only brings our community together, but it provides much needed resources and support for children in need. We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Mission 500 to expand this event for years to come.”