ICHS Foundation raises over $38,000 in the first virtual edition of the Lunar New Year 5k

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ICHS Lunar New Year Virtual 5k

Participants from across the country joined together to raise money for free and low-cost health services for International Community Health Services patients.

ICHS Foundation raised $38,736 in the first-ever Lunar New Year Virtual 5k last week. Over 350 participants ran and walked courses of their own choosing, while practicing social distancing in this experimental fundraising event for ICHS Foundation. All the proceeds will fund free and low-cost health services for ICHS patients who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

Running together, safely apart

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events have been cancelled to decrease the spread of the virus. At the same time, many ICHS patients have lost health insurance at a time when access to health services are paramount. In order to continue this year’s Lunar New Year 5k to support our patients in a way that would keep participants safe, the planning committee pivoted to a new event format – a virtual 5k.

A new experience

As a virtual event, the Lunar New Year Virtual 5k was planned to provide flexibility for participants to run safely. Rather than a set course on a specific day, participants completed their 5k runs or walks along the course of their own choosing throughout the week. Some participants took a walk in their local neighborhoods, others ran along the old race course on the Interurban Trail in Shoreline, and others completed trail runs in Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The event reached two milestones. The first being the widest age range with participants age 1 to 93 joining in the event. The other, being the most wide-reaching participation ever for ICHS Foundation with participants running in 15 states!

To continue the camaraderie and celebration, the virtual 5k also connected with the community on social media. Participants shared selfies and course photos wearing their event t-shirts and using the hashtag #ICHSLNY5k. ‘Running together, safely apart’ became the central message of the race as social media pages filled with photos of participants sharing in their commitment to the cause and completion of the race.

As our communities continue to be resilient through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, this February has also been a time of hope as ICHS has continued to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to our most vulnerable. Despite the challenges we all face together, ICHS Foundation continues to bring together the community to support the mission of health equity and access for ICHS patients.

We look forward to seeing you next year – the Year of the Tiger!

 

We extend our gratitude to our generous 2021 Lunar New Year Virtual 5k sponsors:

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR ($7,500):

Columbia Bank logo

 

GOLD SPONSORS ($5,000):

Super jock 'n jill logo

 

SILVER SPONSORS ($2,500):

Amerigroup

Arcora Foundation

Kaiser Permanente Logo

 

BRONZE SPONSORS ($1,000):

Denise Louie Education Center

Molina Healthcare of Washington

Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing ($1,500 contribution)

Seattle Gummy Company

ICHS Foundation raises over $270,000 for patient care during unprecedented times

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The International Community Health Services Foundation raised over $270,000 during the first-ever Bloom Online Fundraiser, surpassing an initial goal of $200,000. Hundreds contributed as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a virtual fundraising strategy in light of new uncertainties and social distancing.

All donations directly serve over 32,000 ICHS patients across King County to provide discounted and free health services in over 50 languages. The funds will help mitigate the impacts of a pandemic that has taken a financial toll on many families in the region, making vital health services out of reach.

“I want to thank our generous sponsors and donors, whose support for ICHS never wavered amidst the uncertainties that this pandemic brought,” writes Leeching Tran, ICHS Foundation Board president. “When we realized that our in-person luncheon originally scheduled for April 25th could no longer take place, we worried about how it would affect our fundraising efforts. I’m relieved and touched that our supporters came out stronger than ever to continue to give to ICHS.”

ICHS continues to adapt and respond to the changing health needs of the diverse communities it serves, including hosting COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites, rolling out telehealth services and working with community partners to bolster wellness through food and meal programs, at-home visits and other means of support.

 


2020 Sponsors

Sun and Family Fun at the 2020 Lunar New Year 5K

Lunar New Year 5k

Despite a forecast of rain, sunny skies greeted runners and walkers for the fourth annual ICHS Foundation Lunar New Year 5k on February 23. The event raised $30,000 to support health care access for families who couldn’t otherwise afford it, taking place on the Interurban Trail just blocks away from the ICHS Shoreline Medical and Dental Clinic.

Approximately 300 attendees ranged in age from 1 to 88, including one family of participants that included three generations – the parents running and grandparents walking with grandchildren. Highlights included a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed by the International Lion Dance Team and a lively group warmup led by Toshiko Aramaki, a Shoreline-area exercise instructor.

“It was wonderful to see so many people, of all ages, enjoying themselves for a great cause,” said Ron Chew, ICHS foundation director. “We look forward to building upon this year’s success, so start training for the Lunar New Year 5k in 2021, the Year of the Ox!”

The event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of many volunteers, sponsors and partners from within the community. The City of Shoreline and Aurora Rents were Presenting Sponsors. Race check-in was held in Shoreline City Hall and the Lunar New Year performance and vendors in the courtyard of Aurora Rents.

Volunteers from the Shoreline Fire Department donated time as medical emergency responders, while international education students from Shoreline Community College helped serve as event staff. Local organizations with a presence included the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park chapter of the League of Women Voters, Shoreline Senior Center and Prevail Physical Therapy.

Presenting Sponsors:

  • Aurora Rents
  • City of Shoreline

Platinum Sponsor:

  • Swedish Hospital

Gold Sponsors:

  • Rainier Vehicle and Vessel Licensing, LLC

Silver Sponsors:

  • Amerigroup
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Tai Tung Inc.

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS)
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Merchant’s Parking Association
  • Mei-Ling Woo State Farm Agency
  • Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation Development Authority
  • StickerGiant

Shoreline Area Donors:

  • Central Market
  • One Cup Coffee
  • Starbucks on 185th Ave
  • Streetzeria at the Beach

Photos:

View Lunar New New Year 5k Photos on ICHS’s Facebook Page.

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Join a rat race that makes a difference: Registration now open for ICHS Lunar New Year 5K

 

Banner - Lunar New Year 5kJoin a rat race that promotes good health and makes a difference. International Community Health Services (ICHS) today opened registration for its annual Lunar New Year 5k Walk / Run at: www.ichs.com/5k.

This year’s fundraiser takes place along Shoreline’s Interurban Trail on Feb. 23, 2020 in celebration of the Year of the Rat. All proceeds will support health services for community members who could not otherwise afford them. Festivities will include a traditional lion dance for good fortune and firecrackers to chase away evil spirits in honor of the Lunar New Year, the most important Chinese holiday.

“ICHS Foundation looks forward to a great event that brings the community together in support of local families,” said Ron Chew, ICHS Foundation director.

Registration is $35 with an early bird discount price of $30 until Dec. 31. Attendees under 14 or 65 and older can participate for free. Participants will receive a time chip, bib, Lunar New Year 5k tee-shirt and other special giveaways from ICHS and event vendors. Free parking is available at Shoreline City Hall and ICHS Shoreline Clinic.

For more information or to learn how to become an event volunteer, email: foundation@ichs.com