On Saturday, May 7, more than 120 runners gathered at Poverty Point State Park in Delhi, Louisina, to participate in the second annual Big River Rice & Grain 5K Race. The event, which also included a one-mile fun run, raised $5,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
“Hosting events like the 5K race that involve the community are important because our producers and our customers are also our friends,” said Jeremy Raley, Big River Rice & Grain’s director of merchandising. “The majority of Big River employees were born and raised in northeast Louisiana, and now continue to live here. Therefore, it is Big River’s responsibility to help our community and give back to a cause that personally affects our customers and friends.”
Raley and the rest of the Big River team decided to donate this year’s proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) because of the personal connection the juvenile diabetes cause has to the community: one of Big River’s customers’ son is a seven-year-old boy with diabetes who is heavily involved with JDRF.
“There are so many people in the Big River community who have diabetes or know someone that has it,” said Raley. “Big River is honored to have helped raise awareness for a good cause.”