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Charity Partnerships

St. Michaels Running Festival 2014 is off and “RUNNING!” Looking back, 2013 was a wonderful event with more than $40,000 raised for our charity partners -- up from $10,000 the first year! In 2014, we hope to make an even bigger impact and create greater awareness for our charity partners.

St. Michaels Running Festival encourages all participants to run for charity. Runners may choose between one of our official charity partners, or pick one of their own registered non-profits through our online fundraising portal.

The charity selection committee has made the selections for 2014. However, we encourage any charitable organization to purchase a block of entries for use in conjunction with fundraising efforts. Many organizations re-sell these entries for a higher cost while other organizations require that individuals pledge a certain amount in order to secure one of the entries.

If you have already registered for the St. Michaels Running Festival, you may fundraise for a charity through our online system here. If you haven’t already registered, you may select a charity during the registration process. To see the list of our official charity partners click here.

If you are a 501c3 and are interested purchasing a block of entries, please email Kelley at for detailed information.

Registered non-profits also may fundraise through our online system here.

Official Charity Partners for the 2014 St. Michaels Running Festival

St. Michaels Community Center

The Mission statement of the Saint Michaels Community Center is to promote and provide quality activities and services that will contribute to the physical, emotional and social well-being of the community.

Yellow Ribbon Fund

The Yellow Ribbon Fund provides support to injured service members and their families while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia, and at home.

“We are proud to be part of the St. Michael’s Running Festival once again. Our mission to assist injured service members and their families has been embraced by the Eastern Shore community and it’s exciting to see the support we get through SMRF.”
- Mark Robbins, executive director, Yellow Ribbon Fund.

Lilabean Foundation

The Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research (LBF) was founded to research and support projects at the Brain Tumor Institute (BTI) at Children's National Medical Center; and eventually at similar institutions around the country. The initial focus at the BTI is identifying novel molecular targets, developing innovative transitional, and to aid in delivering the best in multimodality therapy for children with brain tumors. LBF seeks to identify projects that are dedicated to overcoming and abating pediatric brain cancer.

“The Lilabean Foundation is thrilled to once again be included at the St. Michael's Running Festival! Last year, with the help of sponsor Nationwide Insurance, we raised over $14,000 and are hoping to surpass that amount this year. This opportunity allows us to not only raise awareness, but also to raise a considerable chunk of money for pediatric brain cancer research at the Brain Tumor Institute at Children's National Medical Center.”

Saint Martin’s Ministries

For 30 years Saint Martin’s Ministries has been helping low income mid-shore families meet their basic needs of food, clothing and housing while respecting and affirming their dignity and addressing the root problems that perpetuate the cycle of chronic poverty. Services offered at Saint Martin’s include, a two- year residential housing program that helps women and their children transition from homelessness to stability, an emergency food pantry, rental assistance program and a thrift store.

“Saint Martin’s Ministries is thrilled to be chosen as a charity partner for the St. Michaels Running Festival. Our residents and staff have participated in the run since its inception in 2012. We are grateful that Peter and Sparrow recognize and appreciate the many ways Saint Martin’s helps families in the Mid-Shore area, including families from Talbot County and the Bay Hundred area, with the basic needs of food, clothing, and housing.”
– Jean Austin, president, Saint Martin’s Ministries

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, including over 10,000 in the state of Maryland. MS is the #1 disabling disease of young adults, often striking when people are starting families and careers. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a world free of MS, and address the challenges of everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. For more information about MS, or to Join the Movement visit us, or call 443-641-1200.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Saint Michaels Running FestivalWe look forward to working with runners, volunteers and the Saint Michaels community, with one goal in mind -- helping to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.”
- Mark Roeder, president

Talbot Humane

Talbot Humane provides a safe and healthy environment for unwanted companion animals in its care; places adoptable companion animals in good homes; protects all animals from cruelty and neglect; and reduces the unwanted companion animal population through spay/neuter and educational services in Talbot County, Maryland.

“Talbot Humane is excited to work with SMRF this year not only to help raise funds for our organization and all of the other charity partners but to help get people moving too!”
- Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, executive director

Habitat For Humanity Choptank

Habitat for Humanity Choptank works in partnership with God and all people to transform communities and the lives of qualifying families in Dorchester and Talbot Counties by building simple, decent and affordable homes.