First Annual Betty Griffin House 5k

© 2014 Historic City News
© 2014 Historic City News
Historic City News was provided an update from Joyce Mahr, Executive Director of the Betty Griffin House, on the activities and winners from last weekend’s inaugural 5k Run and Walk at the St Augustine Beach Pier.

In addition to the race, 87 people attended a fundraising brunch which followed at the Pier Pavilion. Anyone who donated $100 to Betty Griffin House received an invitation to the Friends of Betty Brunch catered by Gypsy Cab Company.

“The charity race, presented by Flagler Hospital, brought out 568 runners and walkers on a very warm and sunny morning to make the event a wonderful success,” Mahr reported. “More than $25,000 was raised for our mission to support the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Eighty volunteers, including student members of the National Honors Society from St Augustine High School, came out bright and early to help. Mahr extended her appreciation, crediting the volunteers with the successful operation of the fundraiser.

Justin Taylor was the Male Overall Winner with a time of 16:33 and Ani Veltcheva, a 9 year old, was the Female Overall Winner with a time of 18:47. Not only was Ani the overall female winner but she also set a world record for her age group of 1-9 years old.

As a private, nonprofit agency, Betty Griffin House provides emergency shelter to abused women, men and their minor children. Other support services available to shelter residents and non-residents include a 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, forensic medical rape exams, and legal assistance. Confidential individual and group counseling are available in all parts of St. Johns County, including Hastings, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach. For more information or to make a donation, please visit the website at You may also like us on Facebook. If you or someone you know is being abused, please call the Betty Griffin House hotline at (904) 824-1555.

Photo credits: © 2014 Historic City News contributed photograph by Joyce Mahr

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