Jewish Family Service’s 19th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll crosses another finish line

by | Jun 8, 2023 | Trending News

Almost 400 runners, rollers, and strollers participated in Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s 19th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll on Sunday, May 7 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 31st Street Park.

“We could not have asked for better weather and a better turnout for our big race day,” says Anne Kramer, JFS board president.

“The board members and volunteers play an integral part every year in making Run, Roll, or Stroll a success and we are so thankful to have a board that is excited to come out and show their support,” says Brooke Rush, JFS director of development.

This year’s festivities brought fun for all ages with a balloon twister, face painter, and photo booth, as well as raffles and giveaways.

“The best part of Run, Roll, or Stroll is watching kids and their families having fun and coming together,” says Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO.  “We love seeing Team Tiger from Strelitz, who continues to be our biggest team year after year, come out laughing and in friendly competition. Some of these kids we have watched grow up – seeing them each year cross the finish line.”

Run, Roll, or Stroll is made possible because of the Spring Into Healthy Living Sponsors who include many community partners such as TowneBank, Sentara, S.L. Nusbaum, Merit I.T. 2.0, Wilbanks, Smith, & Thomas Asset Management, LLC, and Changing Tides. Individual sponsors include most notably, the Gold Sponsors, Lisa and Mark Delevie, Richard S. Glasser Family Foundation, Dozoretz Family Fund, Lawrence Steingold, and the Silver Sponsors, Stephanie and Paul Peck and Ann and Robert Copeland.

“The work JFS does is not possible without the support of our generous donors at all levels. Their generosity and acts of chesed helps those in the community everyday who have nowhere else to turn for general support, food, financial assistance, a ride, counseling, care for a loved one, or a kosher meal,” says Burroughs. “We use events like Run, Roll, or Stroll to bring the community together for fun and fellowship to celebrate not only the work we do right here in Hampton Roads, but also to thank the hundreds in the community that make it possible.”

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