On February 26th, 280 runners, 150 spectators, and 500 friends and family members took part in a magical adventure – the “Race for the Dream” Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida. For the second year in a row, TEAM SBH ran the 13.1 miles for a beautiful cause – to raise money for Sephardic Bikur Holim (SBH), which, for so many years, has been the backbone of kindness in our community.
In honor and admiration of the team’s heroic display of “social responsibility” and showing themselves to be “the next generation of compassionate leaders,” Jane Carey, Councilman David Greenfield’s chief of staff, presented TEAM SBH with a gilded proclamation on Sunday, February 12th. The beautifully worded document commended SBH for their charitable work and for the help they provide to so many Brooklyn families. It also recognized the unique purpose of Team SBH, the single largest team in the race, in coming together – creating a sense of unity in the community’s young by joining for the common goal of helping people in need. Finally, the proclamation praised the volunteers, staff and leaders responsible for putting the race together, wishing them much success and declaring February 26th Team SBH Day in Brooklyn and Orlando. It’s not often that charitable organizations get days named after them, but then again, it’s not often that you see so many young people giving like this – racing with everything they have for their dream of helping others.
The marathon runners have been training for the event since early October, taking part in weekly multi-mile runs that reinforced their drive to make it to the finish line. The participants’ families and friends made donations of at least $1,800 to SBH in their honor, as did many outside sponsors, like NYU and Maimonides hospitals, Verizon, MetLife, Rahmey Financial group and others, who donated anywhere from $7,500 to $25,000 to the effort out of great respect and admiration for the work of SBH.