Hundreds of Runners Participated on Saturday; 7th Annual Event Has Raised Nearly $150,000 for Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
For 68 years, Nashville-based Shoney’s has been known for family, food and fun. This past Saturday morning May 9th at LP Field, all of those things will were on beautiful display at the 7th Annual Shoney’s 5k Family Fun Run, Walk & Festival.
Hundreds of participants gathered on the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to compete in the scenic 5K while hundreds more came to LP Field to celebrate Nashville’s men and women in blue at the annual Fun Run & Festival, which featured a complimentary Shoney’s Legendary Breakfast Buffet®. This year’s event raised $17,000 for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).
Shoney’s Chairman and CEO Davoudpour graciously sponsors the event each year and personally matches all money raised through race registrations dollar for dollar. Several beneficiaries of previous Shoney’s 5K Fun Runs were on hand and personally sought out Davoudpour to thank him.
“Nashville is a premier international and cosmopolitan city and under the leadership of Chief Anderson, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has worked hard to keep Nashville a safe place to live, to do business and to raise a family,” said Davoudpour.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson and dozens of the MNPD’s officers were on hand to oversee the event and thank its organizers. Tennessee Titans offensive guard, Andy Levitre served as the event’s official starter.
“David’s generosity and Shoney’s support of the MNPD is without equal and is truly appreciated,” said Chief Anderson. “Shoney’s helps make Nashville the thriving city it is and this event benefits our officers with higher education opportunities they might not otherwise have. This event gets better every year and we could not be more thankful.”
One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds benefit the Nashville Police Support Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund provides tuition assistance to police officers seeking social-science related college degrees. Nearly $150,000 has been raised by Shoney’s over the past seven years.
The female and male winners of the 5K, Lydia Kosgei and Scott Weitecha, each received $500.
Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with approximately 150 restaurants in 16 states. Since its humble beginnings in 1947 as a Charleston, West Virginia drive-in restaurant, guests have enjoyed Shoney’s family-friendly, casual dining experience. Visit www.shoneys.com for more information on restaurant hours, locations and special offers. You can also follow Shoney’s on Facebook, Twitter @Shoney’s and YouTube.