Bethany Medical Clinic and The Lenny Peters Foundation are the presenting sponsors for the third annual Family Services Wake-Up Walk & 5K, which takes place Saturday morning, August 25, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Bailey Park.

Bethany Medical Center and the Lenny Peters Foundation“Dr. Lenny Peters, CEO of Bethany Medical Center began the Lenny Peters Foundation out of the desire to give back for what he has been blessed with in his life.  The Lenny Peters Foundation’s goal is to assist those in need around the world and right here in the Triad. Alongside Bethany Medical Center the Foundation strives to support local non-profit organizations like Family Services who work so hard to benefit our community,” states Kristen Moore, director of marketing and development for the two family owned organizations.

A month ago, Bethany Medical Center expanded into Winston Salem with a comprehensive pain center at 160 Kimel Forest Drive. Along with providing pain management services, the location will also offer a full spectrum of primary care including complete physicals, management of chronic diseases and urgent care.

Dr. Lenny Peters describes is life as one with humble beginnings in India.

“Despite the overwhelming odds, this young boy committed himself to his goal of becoming a physician and, at age seventeen, entered medical school while still in India,” states the Foundation website.

“Dr. Peters’ aspiration matches the hope of Family Services, that every child and family in Forsyth County would have access to opportunities that will help them reach their full potential,” says Michelle Speas, Chief Development and Public Relations Officer.

“As our presenting sponsor for the Wake-Up Walk & 5K, Bethany Medical Clinic and The Lenny Peters Foundation are expanding the programs and services that will enable more of our city’s vulnerable children to thrive,” she adds.

Family Services is holding the Wake-up Walk & 5K at the height of “back-to-school” weekend and at a time when the corporate, philanthropic, education, nonprofit, and civic sectors are rallying to ensure that all Forsyth County’s youngest children have the resources and supports they need to succeed in school and in life.

“Early childhood well-being needs to become a community priority right now, and the Wake-Up Walk & 5K  is an occasion for the community to come together to affirm its commitment to make Forsyth County the best place in North Carolina for families with young children,” says Bob Feikema, President and CEO of Family Services.

If you go:

Online registration is open until 3:00pm on Friday, August 24, at www.wakeupwalk.org.  In person registration and packet pick-up will take place at Family Services through 3 p.m. on Friday (336.722.8173 or Lhiggins@familyservicesforsyth.org) and at Bailey Park on the day of the race, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Timed runners must register before 8:30 a.m. in order to be included in race results.

Family Services is partnering with the Junction 311 timing company to draw participants from all over the Triad, and the new Winston-Salem Academy Sports + Outdoors is sponsoring awards for top race finishers in all age groups.

In addition to the timed race, the event offers a one-mile fun run and parade walk through downtown and part of Research Parkway, games for children, food trucks, and local vendors and information about community resources.

Local hometown athlete, former MBA player, and motivational speaker C.J. Beatty will emcee the event.

Participants are invited to donate back-to-school early childhood supplies or books for local children, ages 0 to 5, who are enrolled in Family Services Head Start/Early Head Start and Child Development programs.

And those who cannot attend are invited to Wake-Up To GIVE throughout the day at www.familyservicesforsyth.org or on Facebook.

More information is available at www.wakeupwalk.org, by calling 336.722.8173 or emailing Lucia Higgins (Lhiggins@familyservicesforsyth.org)