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MAC Holding 5K Saturday to Benefit Midtown’s Working Poor

The Midtown Assistance Center's first-time event, The Midtown Race for MAC, hopes to draw a field of about 500 runners for the Piedmont Park event.

Courtesy Midtown Assistance Center, Inc. Facebook
Courtesy Midtown Assistance Center, Inc. Facebook
Patch Staff Report

The Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) will be hosting The Midtown Race for MAC, set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Piedmont Park. Open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, the road race will raise money to support the mission of the Midtown Assistance Center to help the working poor during emergency situations.

“We are very happy to hold a road race with broad appeal to all ages in Atlanta,” Dorothy Chandler, Executive Director of the Midtown Assistance Center, said in a news release. “We want people to get to know MAC and support our mission as well has have the opportunity to enjoy being outdoors in one of the most beautiful areas of our city.”

As a first-time event, The Midtown Race for MAC hopes to draw a field of about 500 runners from Atlanta and surrounding areas. Registration is open now at www.active.com. Volunteers to help on race day are welcome and may sign up at www.midtownassistancectr.org. An after race party will be held at Einstein’s for all race participants.

Platinum Sponsors for the event include Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and Palmer House Properties. The Gold Sponsors are Alston & Bird, Sutherland and Mac’s Beer and Wine.  K. Annette Hunter and SunTrust Bank serve as Silver Sponsors and Dunphy Properties, Consolidated Planning Corporation and Cruser & Mitchell are Bronze Sponsors.

MAC helps people from all walks of life. Clients are people who are employed, but facing temporary financial crises such as those brought on by illness, layoffs, and inconsistent or reduced work hours. Many of MAC’s clients are service providers in the retail, hospitality, security and construction industries. Often this population lives at the edge of poverty. On a daily basis, they are able to meet their own needs, but when the unforeseen happens, they may not have the resources to recover. 

“Often MAC is the only safety net that stands between these hard-working men and women and homelessness,” said Chandler. “Since 1986, with the support of donors and volunteers, MAC has helped in over 100,000 emergency situations.”

The Midtown Assistance Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to the working poor of Midtown Atlanta to forestall homelessness and poverty during periods of personal crisis. Located at 30 Porter Place, just off Peachtree Street in facilities provided by Atlanta First United Methodist Church, MAC is a collaborative effort of eleven Peachtree corridor congregations. In addition, MAC receives private and public funding. For information or to volunteer at MAC, visit the website at www.midtownassistancectr.org 

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