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Non-profits adjust to keep fundraisers and activities

Posted at 12:04 AM, May 28, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Memorial Day is typically the start to summer and all summer has to offer. This year, with COVID-19 and social distancing, plans will change. That’s especially true for non-profits and their activities and fundraising. Like Independent Health Foundation's Kids Run, the race usually happens in early June in Delaware Park. This year, the run that attracts thousands, will be virtual.

“We thought let's go virtual with it. And we're so glad that we did because we got such a positive response,” said Carrie Meyer, the executive director of Independent Health Foundation.

Four-thousand runners are already registered to participate around their neighborhoods.

The Child Advocacy Center with BestSelf Behavioral Health is busy educating about child abuse.

“If you suspect abuse, tell someone and get it investigated,” said Tracy LeBlanc, the vice president of marketing and development at Bestself Behavioral Health.

Every June host a golf tournament fundraiser. This year it's a virtual one

“We're going to randomize people's strokes. So, they get assigned a stroke for every hole,” described LeBlanc. “Every day they'll be a leaderboard at the top. They'll be a winning foursome every day and then there will be an overall tournament winner.”

Both organizations lost sponsors this year.

“Many of our sponsors have said to us, we're going to not sponsor anything this year, any kind of event or any kind of gathering, because we're all assuming that they're not going to happen or take place,” said Meyer.

The Child Advocacy Center lost about half for their golf tournament sponsors. The Kids Run main sponsor, Wegmans, is still on board.

Still time to join both events:

The golf tournament is June 2nd-4th.

The Kids Run is June 5th-7th.