Published August 16, 2007
For the sixth year, Catholic Charities of Atlanta will host the fundraising race event called “Scott’s Run.” The 5K run and 1-mile walk will take place at the Carter Center on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 8 a.m., rain or shine.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Catholic Charities’ Children’s Project, a program dedicated to saving the lives of foreign-born children brought unlawfully to the United States. Most of these innocent victims have endured life-threatening situations, such as child trafficking, abandonment, prostitution, abuse and other crimes. They represent one of the most underserved segments of the American population.
Catholic Charities advocates for and rescues children who have suffered extreme circumstances. The Children’s Project began more than 10 years ago with Mei Mei, an undocumented Chinese girl found with other children in a small boat off the coast of California, all believed to be victims of child trafficking. Catholic Charities gained legal status for Mei Mei, who now lives in Georgia and attends college.
This annual benefit is named in memory of Scott Starratt, a former Immigration and Naturalization Services agent who managed and cared for victimized children found in the United States until they were safely returned to their home countries or placed in foster care. As a tribute to his work, all proceeds from Scott’s Run go directly to ensure these children are represented and given the chance for a brighter future.
Scott’s Run participants can register for the event using one of several methods: at the event beginning at 7 a.m., online in advance at www.active.com, or by downloading a registration form from www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org.
Participation fees begin at $25 and range to $500.
More information about the race and Scott’s Club is available at www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/events/scotts_sprint.htm. For additional information about registration and the event, call Catholic Charities at (404) 885-7474.