Nearly three dozen team members on Sunday, October 21, competed on behalf of the Eastern Municipal Water District “Splash of Hope” team in the annual Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure event in Temecula.
While final fundraising totals will not be announced until early November, EMWD’s contingent finished Sunday as the leader in the Corporate Division, having raised nearly $4,600. That figure is expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Despite early-morning rains, 33 EMWD participants were among the thousands who turned out at the Temecula Promenade Mall to take part in the 14th annual 5K race/walk.
EMWD has raised more than $40,000 in the eight years it has participated in the event. All the money raised by EMWD has been through voluntary donations collected by employees.
The EMWD team included 20 employees and 13 friends and family members. Twenty-three team members reached or surpassed their individual fundraising goals of $100 each. Two of the participants were breast cancer survivors.
Throughout October, pink “change buckets” have been stationed around EMWD’s facilities so employees could donate. Those buckets raised nearly $800.
EMWD staff also participated in “Passionately Pink” day on Thursday, October 18. With a $5 donation, employees were allowed to wear jeans to work and pink items of clothing. Dozens of employees across multiple departments participated.
EMWD was one of 340 teams that participated in the race.