KANSAS CITY — 7th Street Casino held its 5th annual “Stride for Life 5k” Saturday, April 12 at Pierson Park in support of Due West Therapeutic Riding Center.
It was the first year the event was held at the Park and the event drew its largest number of participants with nearly 100 taking part in the 5K run/walk.
“7th Street is a locals’ casino. Our guests are known to us – they are family, they are friends,” said Jean Yuen, 7th Street Casino General Manager. “So one of the things we really want to do is participate in the community and support their various foundations, non-profits and to be a benefit to the community. We provide entertainment and also provide support for their organizations.”
Each year 7th Street Casino hosts a 5K run/walk in support of a local charity. This year’s event raised $6,200 for Due West TRC. The program is designed to serve children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; including autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, emotional disorders and vision and hearing impairments. Due West TRC serves individuals in Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Johnson and Douglas counties.
“We are blessed 7th Street Casino has chosen us to be the beneficiary of their 5K Stride for Life this year,” said Mary Sharp, Executive Director of Due West TRC. “We are a new program. This has been a dream of mine… to start a therapeutic riding center in Wyandotte County. This county doesn’t have any facilities of this kind.”
Yuen said therapeutic riding has been successful and she was familiar with therapeutic riding centers in other states.
“Due West I am really excited about. They are a smaller group in this community – as far as non-profits and charities. So they are much more appreciative and able to use the funds that we contribute,” she said. “We don’t get lost in the mix for them. It’s always helpful when you know they appreciate it.”
Participants received a 7th Street Stride for Life T-shirt, a 7th Street Casino logoed cup and refreshments. Category winners also received medals and other special awards.
“I think it went very well,” Yuen said. “The hills were tough, but in Kansas City, Kansas, you are going to have that.”
To see video from the Stride for Life event, click here.