Mission 500 5K charity run raises more than $30K at ISC West

Proceeds to benefit children in need throughout the world


At a Reception and Awards Ceremony for Security 5K runners, Mission 500 awarded its first "Mission 500 Humanitarian Award" to Alan Forman, President of Altronix Corporation. The award honors individuals in the security industry who make important contributions to those in need. "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice," said Mr. Fletcher, quoting Nelson Mandela as he handed the award to Mr. Forman. "It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life." Mr. Forman reminded everyone how fortunate they are to be in a growing industry and stressed the need to become engaged in some way in social justice.

More than 70 of the runners also set up fundraising Web pages and added more donations to help the cause: Jim Hoffpauir of Zenitel USA was top fundraiser with $2,220, followed by Mark Pickett with $1,805 and Caleb Simonyi-Gindele with $1,095. Mr. Hoffpauir went as far as to print special "Security 5K" business cards with his name and fundraising page and gave them to anyone he met before and during the show. "In 1999, I traveled to Guatemala City to rescue an infant boy named Pablo from a life of poverty," said Mr. Hoffpauir. "I adopted him into my family and gave him his American name Austin Michael. Without intervention, Austin would have been challenged daily to find enough nutrition to simply sustain his life. It is sad to know that every day there are still thousands of children just like him around the world that awake to a life of poverty."

Other race winners in various age categories included Lori Walker of Orem, Utah (23:26.00) among females ages 20-30, and David Paul of Ft. Collins, Colo. (19:50.00) among males ages 20-30. Alison Slavin of Vienna, Va. (23:16.00) was fastest among females ages 31-40, and Ken Zemach of Sioux Falls, S.D. (19:16.00) was fastest among males ages 31-40. Martha Entwistle of Yarmouth, Maine (25:20.00) won the race among 41-50-year-old females, and Eric Taylor of Pacheco, Calif. (19:03.00) won among males ages 41-50. In the 51-plus age categories, Leslie Baker of Woburn, Mass. (29:25.00) won among females and Alberto Penaranda of Caracas, Venezuela (22:10.00) won among males. Louise Nesterenko of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, participated in the race despite having a broken knee-cap that was wired − and finished in 39:20.00 minutes.

The Security 5K / Mission 500 Race at the 2010 ISC West Expo in Las Vegas is a collaboration between United Publications, publishers of Security Systems News and Security Director News; Reed Exhibitions, proprietors of ISC Expos; and Mission 500. Charter sponsors are Altronix Corporation, AXIS Communications, Deister Electronics, HID, LRG Marketing Communications, Morse Watchmans and Safety Technology International, Inc.

See a brief video presentation of the race at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fS6v0utNN0