WHEATON – Cantigny Park, part of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, awarded a check for $10,000 to the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton. The donation, presented on Veterans Day, represents net proceeds from the 15th annual Cantigny 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 3.
The amount included cash donations from participating runners and walkers totaling $2,159 – money contributed in addition to the entry fees.
Including this year’s donation, the Cantigny 5K has generated $116,500 for MSHV since 2008, the event’s first year of association with the shelter.
MSHV also receives funding from Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion, based at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park. The legionnaires hosted a pancake breakfast at Cantigny during the 5K that collected $1,700 in direct donations to the shelter. MSHV is the primary community service activity of Post 556.
Founded in 2000, the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans provides vets and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency. MSHV’s operations include three facilities in downtown Wheaton. To learn more, visit the shelter online at helpaveteran.org.
The next Cantigny 5K will take place on Nov. 2, 2019.