(Landover Hills, MD) – The Black and Missing Foundation 5th Annual “Hope Without Boundaries” 5K (HWB5K) fundraising campaign, held on June 3, raised $20,000 and attracted more than 1200 participants from around the country. The annual run/walk brings together families and communities to shed light on the issue of missing persons of color throughout the country.
“We are thankful to the participants, special guests, vendors, and volunteers who came together to make this event a success,” said Founders Natalie Wilson and Derrica Wilson. “The ongoing support and generosity of the participants and the community allow us to assist families who desperately need our support and services.”
During the opening ceremonies at the National Harbor in Maryland, families emotionally shared stories of their missing loved one, like Toni Jacobs of Richmond, Virginia whose 22-year-old daughter Keeshae has been missing since Sept. 26, 2016.
Persons of color represent close to 40 percent of all those missing in the United States. Funds raised from the 5K will be used to raise awareness of this often ignored group and provide support to their families.
About Black and Missing Foundation Inc.:
Black and Missing Foundation, Inc (BAMFI) is established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, by a veteran law enforcement official and public relations specialist, whose mission is to bring awareness to missing persons of color; provide vital resources and tools to missing person’s families and friends; and to provide educational training on personal safety. BAMFI offers a free clearinghouse, which highlights profiles and information on missing persons of color, nationally. Profiles of missing individuals, throughout the nation, as well as news, information, and tips, can be found at BAMFI’s Web site: www.bamfi.org, IG: @blackandmissingfdn, Twitter: @BAM_FI or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bamfiorg.
Photo credit: Black and Missing Foundation