St Augustine Youth Services, an organization that for well over twenty years has been providing services to boys, from the age of six to eighteen, who are in need of residential therapeutic services due to abuse or neglect, was the beneficiary at the first annual July 4th Watermelon Run.
The 5K walk and run was conceived by Philip and Mary Jacobs of Sunliner Realty Group, who organized the St Augustine Beach charitable race. Rachael Bennett, a candidate for election to the St Johns County Board of Commissioners, reported her experience with the run; where she handed out refreshments and encouragement to the participants.
Bennett told Historic City News that she is an avid and longtime supporter of the local SAYS organization, and says that she was honored to have the opportunity to volunteer for the event honoring our nation’s 236th birthday.
Before and after the 5K competition, Bennett met with supporters and participants as they crossed the finish line.
The Jacobs family is a strong supporter of the Republican candidate and her message of a smart government, which emphasizes smaller government, budget control and puts emphasis on St Johns County’s geographic potential as a tool for economic development.
“I talked with runners who ranged in age from 2 to 71 years-old,” Bennett told reporters. “It is fantastic to see this many people come out in support of such a worthy cause and help bring our community together in an enjoyable way.”
Bennett says she’s grateful to the Jacobs family, the other volunteers, and all the runners who participated in this inaugural event.