Each year, the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run chooses five local nonprofits to support. Four receive $2,500 each and one receives $25,000. This year, Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic was chosen to receive $25,000 for its By Your Side Food Pantry.
"Many of our patients are faced with an impossible choice between paying for their utility bills or paying for food," says Parkside Fundraising Director Derek Frazier. "This wonderful donation from the Tulsa Run will contribute to our patient’s physical and mental health while making our community healthier, happier and stronger."
Parkside offers outpatient counseling and inpatient hospitalization for children, adolescents and adults experiencing acute mental health crises. The By Your Side Patient Assistance program offered at Parkside provides food, books, clothing and treatment transportation for patients in need of support.
"Many of Parkside’s patients struggle with chronic illness that hinders stable employment," says By Your Side Coordinator Willie Roundtree. "Charity funds from the Tulsa Run will allow Parkside to stock our Food Pantry with more nutrient-rich foods and fresh dairy products." In 2018, the By Your Side program helped 1,298 patients and 3,628 family members of patients served.
The four $2,500 recipients are Resonance Center for Women, #racismstinks, Run the Streets and American Diabetes Association-Oklahoma.
The 2019 Tulsa Run will be Oct. 26. Register for the 5K, 15K or 2K events at tulsarun.com.