Henry Spiegel Milling LLP and Local Runners Support Shepherd Center
Four top Atlanta runners recently joined the Henry Spiegel Milling LLP Team for the Kaiser Permanente 5K Corporate Run/Walk, and finished with an incredibly fast time. The 2-male/2-female team completed the 3.1 mile race in a combined time of 74:06. To put this into perspective, the top all-male team at the same race last year finished in 77:04.
The primary purpose of the event for the firm, however, was to support the SHARE Initiative at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center, a program that provides specialized care to troops that have suffered spinal cord or brain injuries. "The race was a terrific event for our whole firm, and our charity runners were a true testament to what hard work and commitment can accomplish," said HSM partner, Harvey Spiegel. "What Shepherd Center provides for its patients and their families, and particularly our troops, is truly extraordinary. We are honored to be able to support that effort in a small way."
The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk is a huge Atlanta event. With over 400 participating companies, and 15,000 runners and walkers in the 5K, it is often referred to as the "World’s largest office party." Companies are encouraged to promote health and fitness over an 8 week period, which culminates in the September athletic event at Turner Field. This year’s runners started and finished under the Olympic rings on Hank Aaron Street, and enjoyed great running weather with race-time temperatures in the low 70’s.
The Henry Spiegel Milling Charity Team consisted of Kaye Anne Starosciak (18:18), second fastest overall female, Kari Beard (20:58), whose husband used to work at Shepherd Center, Scott Lowe (17:05), a former U.S. Marine Corps Corporal, and Chris Bair (17:45), an annual high-finisher in the KP race. Team Captain Kaye Anne Starosciak said "It was a very fast race this year. The weather was great, and we really pushed the pace. Running to support the tremendous work done at Shepherd Center also provided unlimited motivation."
Teammate Scott Lowe agreed. "We are very lucky as Americans to have troops willing to make the sacrifices these injured men and women have made. As a former member of the military, I was honored to do my part to support them and their families."
Scott Sikes, Executive Director of Shepherd Center Foundation, expressed his appreciation, too. "We are exceptionally grateful to receive this fantastic gift from Henry Spiegel Milling LLP in support of the SHARE Initiative. We at Shepherd Center need the assistance of our community in order to help the veterans who have so heroically served our country. This gift is a testament to the firm’s commitment of giving back to the community and will serve as an excellent example for others to do the same."
This is the first year Henry Spiegel Milling LLP has participated in this event, but the firm is no stranger to supporting local and national charities and organizations. "A number of years ago we replaced our annual holiday party with the building of a Habitat for Humanity house for a local family", explained HSM partner, Clay Milling. "We’ve been very fortunate over the years because clients trust us to help them move forward after tragic, life-altering events. We feel compelled to give back to the community as much as possible. The KP Run/Walk provided an opportunity to do this, and it was a ton of fun, too."
Henry Spiegel Milling LLP’s donation of $5,000 will go to support the SHARE Initiative for injured troops at Shepherd Center.