LPCF’s Heart Hero Hustle is a brand new annual fundraiser which will take place every spring at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The event includes a 5k, 1-mile Fun Run, and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Walk. Corporate sponsorships, race registrations, and t-shirt sales contribute to this event’s success. In its inaugural year in 2016, over $20,000 was raised for LPCF.
Helping Heal Little Hearts is an annual fundraiser held every August, presented by Newsradio 1150WJBO with celebrity host Michael Berry. This party for a cause is held at the Varsity Theatre and features a private Meet and Greet with Michael Berry for top sponsors, VIP tickets including free drinks all night, an exciting live auction, catered food by Stroubes and live music by the V-Tones and The Chee-Weez bands. The combined proceeds from sponsors, auction items, and ticket sales bring in over $85,000 for LPCF.
The LPCF Family Picnic provides a wonderful opportunity to unite local children and families who have similar medical conditions and experiences. This free, annual event for children with heart disease and/or defects is held every fall at BREC’s Webb Park in Baton Rouge. All children and their siblings enjoy food, balloon art, crafts, face painting, inflatables and more. The event concludes with a special red & blue balloon release honoring all children battling heart conditions and especially our heart angels.
2nd Annual Heart Hero Hustle
Join us for LPCF’s 2nd Annual Heart Hero Hustle! This event is a partnership with Ascension 4-H/LSU AgCenter and will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. It includes a 5k, 1-mile fun run, and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Walk. Runners of all ages will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the course around the lake. Men, women, boys and girls are invited to participate. This is a non-competitive race, but a clock will be posted at the finish line for runners to check their times. Every finisher will receive a custom Heart Hero Hustle medal. Louisiana’s exclusive Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Walk featuring heart families from all over the state will take place immediately after the 1-mile fun run ends. Food and drinks will be provided as well as post-race activities and entertainment for children. Wear red and blue or superhero attire to show your support for the cause! All proceeds from this event will benefit the Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation.
Sponsors are needed for this event! Levels range from $250 – $5,000. We’d love to have your support!
Online race registration is now open! Go to https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Gonzales/HeartHeroHustle to register for the 5k and/or 1-mile fun run! If you are ONLY participating in the CHD Awareness Walk, registration is not required.
Registration will be available online until March 24. Runners can register on-site at the event beginning at 8:15 am, but will not be guaranteed their preferred t-shirt size. Bring exact cash ($25.00 for 5k; $15 for 1-mile fun run) or a check made out to LPCF for faster processing. Packet pickup will take place on:
- Thursday, March 30, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the LPCF office located at 2137-A Quail Run Drive, Suite A in Baton Rouge
- Friday, March 31, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the LPCF office located at 2137-A Quail Run Drive, Suite A in Baton Rouge
T-shirts are now available online for purchase! Central Cross Threads is handling all t-shirt orders this year and there are many options to choose from. Personalization on the back of the shirt is available for an extra $5 to add the name of a heart warrior. Shipping is also available! http://www.centralcrossthreads.com/lpcf_heart_hero_hustle
We encourage anyone participating in the CHD Awareness Walk to purchase a t-shirt to wear to the event! Or, if you have family and friends who would like to support the cause but cannot attend, purchasing a t-shirt is a great option. ***If you register for the 5k or 1-mile fun run, your registration includes a short-sleeve, gray t-shirt- the same shirt available in the online store.
LPCF’s heart screening team will be providing free heart screens for high school athletes at the event. To pre-register a high school athlete for a heart screen, RSVP with the child’s name, age, and school to Kelee King at firstname.lastname@example.org AND download the consent forms on our website to complete before your arrival. Be sure to bring the forms with you on the day of the event! High school students who play any school or club sport in addition to cheerleaders, dance, flag or band members, and even mascots should get screened.
8:15 am- Check-in begins
9:00 am- 5k begins
10:00 am- 1-mile Fun Run begins
10:45 am- CHD Walk begins (group photo after)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm- Food & fun activities for kids!
After the CHD Walk ends, we will take a large group photo. Delicious jambalaya will be cooked on site by the Cortana Kiwanis! Drinks and sweets will be available they last. Face-painting, balloon art, inflatables, princesses, superheroes and games/crafts will also be available. Two photographers will be on-site throughout the event. Tables and chairs will be set up under tents, or bring a picnic blanket to sit by the lake!
Start date/time:4/1/17 9:00 am