When the Hance Family Foundation (HFF) started the 5K Run Walk and Family Fun Day back in May of 2010, there was no way of knowing that more than $700,000 would be raised for its Beautiful Me program. HFF’s main purpose is to honor the lives of Jackie and Warren Hance’s three daughters, who were killed in a horrific accident on July 26, 2009. The organization does this by ensuring healthy, happy and safe children through innovative educational programming. The foundation’s central project is Beautiful Me, a self-esteem program designed to educate girls by promoting appreciation for their genuine qualities, accurate self-awareness and the satisfaction of helping others.
This all-day affair has become one of the most highly anticipated dates on the Floral Park calendar. Despite threats of rain, the day’s festivities kicked off at 9 a.m. as nearly 2,300 participants ran in a trio of races—Emma’s Mile, the 5K Run/Walk and the Pee Wee Run. The family-friendly atmosphere was omnipresent thanks to myriad activities sprinkled throughout the post-race event known as the Family Fun Day that included rides, a petting zoo, face painting, music and a barbecue.