Miami, FL (April 5, 2010) – The inaugural Security 5K/Mission 500 Charity Run in Las Vegas on the second day of ISC West raised more than $30,000 to benefit Mission 500, a charitable organization engaging security professionals to sponsor children in need through the World Vision organization. Proceeds from the March 25th event will sponsor 90 children for a full year − providing food, water, education, healthcare and most importantly, hope. Event proceeds increased the number of sponsored children to more than 360 total. The first-ever Security 5K event also kindled many colorful stories and highlighted the great sense of community and generosity of the security industry.
Despite having little time to prepare, event organizers were overwhelmed by support from across the security industry. More than 312 runners registered for the event, and about 250 ran. Registrants included 65 female runners, and participants hailed from 12 countries and 37 states. The youngest runner was 20 and the oldest 68. First place overall female runner was Karolina Orton of Reston, VA. (21:18.00), and first place overall male runner was Eric Chabin of Chanhassen, MN. (18:31.00).
"As security industry professionals, we can leverage our resources and relationships to make this world not only a safer place to live, but also make an ever lasting impact on individual lives and communities across the globe," said race participant Liz Cohen. “Thank you so much for re-energizing my faith and belief in humankind.” Runner Mark NeSmith added, "I was proud to see this many participants, but I know it will be at least double or triple next year."
A testimony to the success of the event is that six of the total of seven sponsors in 2010 have renewed their commitments to support the 2011 Security 5K/Mission 500 Charity Run, already scheduled for April 7, 2011, at next year's ISC West in Las Vegas. Alarm.com also committed itself to sponsor the 2011 event and discussions are under way with numerous companies who expressed interest in adding their support to the event. Two event sponsors this year also promoted special offers tied to the Security 5K. HID Global, a trusted leader in solutions that deliver security identity, created a Mission 500 donation wall at their booth. Show visitors could take the HID Global Mission 500 card they received in their ISC West registration bag to HID Global’s booth and have their donation badge printed on one of HID Global’s next-generation Fargo DTC branded printers. HID Global donated $1 to Mission 500 for each printed donation badge posted on their Mission 500 donation wall, a total of an additional $681.
Deister Electronics hosted the "The Mission 5K Xbox Giveaway" game at the Mission 500 race registration desk in the lobby of ISC West. Many show visitors participated in the "Olympic Racing" game, but the highest score was achieved by Nick Spaeth, a 16-year-old up-and-coming security executive and nephew of industry consultant Frank Spaeth. Shadowing his uncle at ISC West to learn more about a future career in security, Nick stopped by the Mission 500 booth around 11 a.m. and earned a score that held up through a full day of racing play. Deister Electronics is also the official racing timer sponsor for the Mission 500 Security 5K.
"The Security 5K was one of the most exciting and rewarding events that we've held in conjunction with any of our trade shows at Reed Exhibitions," said Amie Cangelosi, Marketing Director of the ISC Events. "Our ISC staff felt fortunate to be a part of something that will affect so many lives in a positive manner."
Freeman, contractor of services to ISC West and its exhibitors, waived staff costs and fees for using audio-visual equipment during the 5K race and the awards ceremony. "It's the least we can do and a very small contribution," said Stephen Hagstette Jr., Freeman National Accounts Manager. However, George Fletcher, Advisory Council Member/Volunteer, Mission 500, noted that the "small contribution" will equate to food, clothing, healthcare and education for three children for a full year! "It's easy to contribute, and it can even be done by 'gifting' services," Mr. Fletcher noted.