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Maka-Maka Fun Run/Walk

n Hawaiian, “maka maka” means “friend”. At Maui Jim, it symbolizes a 3-mile fun run and 1.5-mile walk to benefit the Peoria Friendship House. The 19th Annual Maui Jim Maka Maka Fun Run and Walk will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6:00 pm at Maui Jim’s tropical atmosphere on North Allen Road in Peoria, Illinois. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Peoria Friendship House, which has been providing services in the near North side of Peoria for over 60 years. The mission of Peoria Friendship House is to do the work of Jesus Christ, providing relief, respect, and renewal to Peoria’s most vulnerable individuals and families. Through the simple gesture of a free meal, a clean shirt, or a safe place to learn, Friendship House offers the hope of a new start to the least, the last, and the lost. The Peoria Friendship House is also a home away from home for many people that are less fortunate.

All About Maka-Maka

WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS EVENT!

As we celebrate the 19th Annual Maka Maka Fun Run, we are once again offering a unique opportunity for participants to raise additional funds for the Peoria Friendship House and win Maui Jim Sunglasses with our 2022 “Friends Helping Friends” Fundraiser! All proceeds from this event will benefit the Peoria Friendship House which provides various services to families and individuals in need throughout the Peoria Area.

Raise $500 and receive one free non-prescription Maui Jim Plano sunglass gift card. Retail up to $524 MSRP, plus 1 race entry. PRIZES DO NOT ACCUMULATE.

WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BE A PART OF THIS EVENT!

1. Maka Maka Fun Run/Walk: Fill out the application attached to this form and mail it in with your $40 registration fee to Maui Jim Sunglasses Attn: Alicia Choitz, One Aloha Lane, Peoria, IL 61615 OR you may register online at: https://tinyurl.com/2022MakaMaka. All checks are payable to Maui Jim. The Entry Fee for the race will include a vintage shirt, race packet, and entry to the post-race party.

2. Friends Helping Friends Fundraiser: As we celebrate the 19th annual event, we are once again offering a unique opportunity for participants to raise additional funds for the Peoria Friendship House and to win Maui Jim Sunglasses! Raise $500 and receive 1 race entry and 1 Maui Jim Sunglass (MSRP up to $524).

3. Post Race Party: Not a runner? Come to the Post Race Party and enjoy Double A’s Pizza, beverages, a raffle, a silent auction, and a concert featuring Mike & Joe! A $25 donation is requested for entry for non-runners and non-walkers.

MAKA-MAKA SHIRTS

Participants that register by August 4th are guaranteed a vintage shirt. Limited sizes will be available to runners/walkers who register after August 4th. Packet Pick Up and Race Day Registrants’ shirts are subject to availability.

Packet Pick up at maui jim*

Date: Wednesday, August 17th;

Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Date: Thursday, August 18th Race Day; Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

*Please bring your ID to packet pick-up & on race day to receive a wristband. Wristbands must be worn to receive adult beverages at the Post Race Party. ID Required for Adult Beverages—Strictly Enforced.

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A NOTE FROM THE CEO OF THE PEORIA FRIENDSHIP HOUSE OF CHRISTIAN SERVICES:

Thank you to Maui Jim and our entire community for supporting Peoria Friendship House. Our food pantry services have increased to better provide additional assistance to families in the area. We have identified that shelf-stable foods are extremely affordable but lack nutritional value. With our current budget, we are limited to this type of food and are excited to expand our offerings. We would like to include fresh produce, and protein (meat) in addition to our regular services. The funds raised from the 2022 Maka Maka Run would allow us to offer healthier food choices for our youth and families participating in our programs.

 

PFH provides a holistic approach towards a path to overcome poverty through wrap-around services and short and long-term mentoring. Individuals and families striving to improve their circumstances, work together with Parent Managers and create achievement plans towards overcoming specific issues and improving lives. We provide to families: Income support through resources such as clothing, food, housing/shelter, utilities, employment mentoring, and financial coaching.

 

Again, we would like to thank you for considering a donation to this year’s Maka Maka Run and to the Peoria Friendship House services. We truly appreciate all of your support of our community.

 

Sincerely,