The storms blew away the festival tents on the eve of Shoney’s 6th Annual 5K Family Fun Run, but nothing could dampen the spirit of Shoney’s and the Nashville community on race day.
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 free food and fun, all courtesy of Shoney’s. The event raised $20,000 for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD).
Shoney’s Chairman and CEO David Davoudpour graciously sponsors the event each year and personally matches all money raised through raise registrations dollar for dollar. In fact, when Davoudpour learned the day’s proceeds were nearly $18,000, he decided to donate even more. 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 Mayor Dean and Chief Anderson, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has worked hard to keep law and order so that Nashville is a safe place to live, to do business and to raise a family,” said Davoudpour. “We are proud to sponsor this event every year for the past 6 years and were thrilled to see record numbers this year both in attendance and donations for this wonderful and worthy cause.”
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, 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 running back Bishop Sankey, the team’s 2nd round selection in this year’s NFL draft, 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. More than $120,000 has been raised by Shoney’s over the past six years.
Shoney’s is a Nashville-based company with more than 165 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.