FALL RIVER, MA (May 5, 2019) – The Southcoast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education, and Service (SMILES), an affiliate of People Incorporated, held its Eleventh Annual Miles for SMILES 5K Road Race & Walk on Sunday, May 5, in the Fall River Industrial Park starting at 900 Riggenbach Road. The event raised funding for the SMILES program, which provides school-based mentoring by pairing youth with a mentor from the community.
Despite the rain, this year's event was a huge success, with plenty of racers coming out to support the SMILES mentoring program! The day featured a variety of family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, face painting, a photo booth, and a Kids' Fun Run for kids 12 and under. The Fun Run had a total of eight particpants, and top finishers in their age category were awarded a medal.
The 5K started at 9:30 am after the Kids' Fun Run with more than 200 runners and walkers. The top three male finishers were Jake Moniz (First Place overall at 18:47); Angel J. Rosado (Second Place overall at 18:50); and Alex Pina (Third Place overall at 19:44). The top three female finishers were Megan Scheffer (23:43); Nichole Heering (24:53); and Jessica Vezina (26:57).
Support for the SMILES program this year has been overwhelming, with local businesses and community members competing online to see who could raise the most money to support SMILES students and provide more mentoring opportunities for children in need.
BayCoast Bank, for the eleventh year in a row, was the event’s Title Sponsor, and the BayCoast team received the “Most Creative Team” award.
Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s President & CEO Joseph Baptista led the pack as a strong leader in online fundraising efforts and received the “Top Fundraiser” award. Mechanics Cooperative Bank was the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event, and the bank’s entire team led by team captain John McMahon, earned the “Top Fundraising Team” award.
We want to thank all of our fundraisers for helping to build the SMILES program, and we want to thank all of our sponsors for making this year's event a success and for continuing to support SMILES mission of providing a mentor to every child in need of additional support!
Eastern Benefits Group showed their support for the mission of SMILES with a Community Level Sponsorship. People Incorporated Board Chair, David Bedard of Comp-Net Insurance, generously donated as a Mission Level Sponsor and participated in the awards ceremony that immediately followed the 5K Road Race and Walk. Mission Level Sponsors included Atlantic Cleaning Co., Bearingstar Insurance, Bristol Pacific Homes, DarrowEverett LLP, The Lopes Companies, and Saint Anne’s Hospital. WB Mason demonstrated their support for the event by donating to BayCoast Bank’s fundraising page. The SMILES mentoring initiative is also generously supported by the Office of the Bristol County District Attorney, Thomas M. Quinn, III.
SMILE Sponsors: MobilityWorks, BankFive, Blount Fine Foods, GM Refrigeration, Lafrance Hospitality Company, Bishop Electric, Klear-Vu Corporation, Read Insurance & Financial Services,and St. Anne's Credit Union
Route Sponsors: Land Home Construction, Dartmouth Building Supply, Lift & Care Systems, Inc., S&S Concrete, Complete Recycling Solutions, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, South Dartmouth Construction, Tech Service Center, Certified Rescue Courses, and Fall River Municipal Credit Union