Crescent City Classic Charity Initiative Announces Fundraising Goal

NEW ORLEANS  – On Jan. 24, fundraisers announced a goal of raising $1 million for local nonprofits at this year’s Crescent City Classic 10K race. Participants in a press conference at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans included race officials; city and state leaders; representatives from LCMC Health, the race’s new title sponsor; and members from 26 participating charities.

Officials said the “Run for It!” program has raised more than $6 million to support nearly 35 nonprofits since it was created nine years ago by CCC officials Ricky Thomas and Eric Stuart.

As part of the program, the Crescent City Classic provides charity race bibs/numbers and donates incentives to each participating nonprofit. The nonprofit partners then recruit and organize teams of runners and walkers who commit to raising a minimum of $200 for their charity by race day. Official charity runners receive various perks and incentives as part of the “Run for It!” program including a commemorative T-shirt only available to charity runners, prime starting position in the charity corral, and a personal online fundraising page.

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“The New Orleans community never ceases to amaze us with their generosity when it comes to charitable giving and supporting those in need throughout the area,” said Crescent City Classic Race Director Eric Stuart. “All we can hope is to continue to outdo ourselves year after year.”

The Crescent City Classic attracts almost 20,000 runners and walkers each year. This year, for its 46th running, the race will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 outside the Caesars Superdome and end at City Park.

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The full list of participating nonprofits includes:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)
  • Bastion Community of Resilience
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Camp Pelican
  • Clover (formerly Kingsley House)
  • Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
  • Community Center of St. Bernard
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
  • Covenant House
  • Children’s Hospital New Orleans
  • First Grace Community Alliance
  • Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Girls on the Run
  • Giving Hope
  • Heart n Hands Inc.
  • Junior League of New Orleans
  • Kids Join the Fight
  • Magnolia Community Services
  • New Orleans Habitat Humanity
  • No Days Offline
  • Split Second Foundation
  • Team Gleason
  • West Jefferson Medical Center
  • Youth Run NOLA

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