Run or Dye to Help "At Risk" Youth
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
Green Bay, WI -- Green Bay is about to get more colorful. Up to 12,000 runners getting doused with dye while on a 3.1 mile course beginning at Lambeau Field.
"I'm not afraid, nope. The more the better," chuckled Angie Vandenberg.
Vandenberg is volunteering to work the event to raise money for Run or Dye's charity partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin.
"Big Brothers Big Sisters is close to my heart. I love being able to support the youth in our community," she said.
"We feel like this is an event that brings the health and wellness of the community together and it's a fun run, so who wouldn't want to get nice and dirty with dye, right?" said Barbara Koldos, BBBS Events and Marketing Director.
Big Brothers Big Sisters needs 150 volunteers over two days to help handle registrations, man water stations and of course toss a rainbow of dye as runners go by.
"Basically, you get to come home as a life size canvas," said Shannon Baumann, event coordinator with BBBS.
The goal is to raise $13,000 to help "at risk" youth in our area.
"That means we can hopefully get our waiting list of 120 plus kids down hopefully zero. We need a lot of mentors. There's a lot of kids waiting," explained Baumann.
Koldos adds,"It's a preventative program that actually helps break cycles and encourages self-sufficiency, so we really think about the future of our area and economic development."
For Run or Dye volunteers like Vandenberg, "It's great. It's just like a refreshing feeling and afterward you're just like re-energized and you know you're doing something good."
She says there's no better way of giving back to the community than through a cloud of colorful dust.