In the event of major thunderstorms and lightning impacting the Run/Walk at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday, regretfully, we will be forced to cancel the first phase of the event.
However, we will continue inside with the remainder of our celebratory festivities and open the Beaumont Civic Center at 9:30 a.m. for fabulous rhythm and blues singer Yvonne Washington and her band, prior to the bedazzling Richard Simmons show and picnic lunch, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Please plan to be with us to celebrate survivorship and life and to have a good time, no matter the weather.
Saturday, Sept. 29, downtown Beaumont will go festive for the second annual Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run/Walk. Far from being just your usual charity fundraiser, this event staged by the Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program provides a wonderful opportunity to help a truly good cause in the community and have a good time doing it. So bring on the fun!
Start with health and fitness guru Richard Simmons, a unique television personality for more than three decades. As Examiner reporter Brenda Cannon Henley said in the introduction to a memorable interview earlier this month, “He truly oozes energy, excitement and enthusiasm for what he does, and makes the hearers want to get up and join up in his fun, frolic and commitment to good health for all.”
This is not going to be one of those celebrity appearances where they are in and out the door almost before you get to see them. Richard is a very hands-on guy who loves to meet people. He is going to be all over this event; we couldn’t stop him even if we wanted to — and we don’t. From 7 a.m. as registration begins until the start at 8 a.m., there will be a welcome and warm-up with the celebrity guest. There are some surprises planned with Richard during the run/walk, which will culminate with the Stayin’ Alive Lunch & Show in the Civic Center starting at 10 a.m.
“We are thrilled to have Richard Simmons as our celebrity speaker and performer for this Southeast Texas celebration of survivorship,” said Regina Rogers, “Gift of Life” founder and chair. “He is an American treasure whose popularity is legendary. Simmons has dedicated his life to helping other achieve wellness through exercise and a healthy lifestyle. With a passionate and enthusiastic approach to fitness, Richard will inspire and energize survivors and all other participants.”
Back by popular demand is Yvonne Washington, Queen of Rhythm and Blues, who absolutely rocked this event in 2011.
From her debut at the age of 5 singing at the rodeo to her performances in China, Europe and The Netherlands, “Miss Yvonne” has a voice richly influenced by gospel, jazz, R&B, Motown, big band, pop and New Orleans jazz. She recorded “Autumn in New York,” the title tune from the movie of the same name starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder.
There are plenty of great voices out there, but Yvonne’s voice comes jam packed with a personality to back it up and soul to keep you wanting to hear more.
Julie Richardson Procter
All the fun and frivolity of this event is in service to a very serious cause. The Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run/Walk is named in loving memory of Julie Richardson Procter, (Feb. 17, 1960 – April 30, 2011), a well-respected Southeast Texas attorney and devoted “Gift of Life” board member and volunteer who lost her battle with ovarian cancer last year.
Although Procter’s cancer was diagnosed at an advanced stage, she approached each day with optimism and grace, hoping that her illness would serve as a meaningful platform to educate more women about the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. With the support of her husband, Beau Procter, a trust in her name and proceeds from last year’s Ribbon Run/Walk, the “Gift of Life” established an Ovarian Cancer Educational Awareness Initiative reaching thousands of Southeast Texans.
Please join us
Putting on the Pink is a celebration of survivorship and hope in observance of breast and ovarian cancer awareness month. Registration packets may be picked up Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 25-27, at the “Gift of Life” office. You may also register online at giftoflifebmt.org or call the “Gift of Life” office at (409) 833-3663. The “Gift of Life” will provide complimentary passes to survivors of breast, ovarian or other gynecological cancers to the 5K Ribbon Run/Walk.