Every March the Donut Dash is held in Land Park with a stop at Marie’s Donuts. Participants start in Land Park then run, jog, or walk 2 miles to Marie’s Donuts. At Marie’s, participants consume 4 donuts (competitive division) OR 6 donut holes OR nothing at all before making their way back the 2 miles to the start/finish area.
Proceeds from fundraising events are used to benefit hospitalized children. Donated funds are used for programs including Beads of Courage & Music Therapy and activities such as art projects, games, toys, movies, video games, iPads, and exercise equipment. These programs and activities are designed to help children and families cope with their medical experiences, educate children about their illnesses, prepare them for procedures and surgeries, offer normal childhood play experiences, and celebrate holidays and special events during hospitalization.
After a successful first Donut Dash in 2009, Donut Dash 501(c)3 was started in 2010 to raise funds for the Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento. Starting with Donut Dash Ate in 2016, the event will benefit the Child Life Programs at Sutter Children’s Center & UC Davis Children’s Hospital. This expansion will allow Donut Dash funds to benefit even more hospitalized children!
To date, Donut Dash 501(c)3 has donated over $387,000 (through September 2016) to Sacramento area Child Life Programs. Cash & in-kind donation totals include funds raised by the Donut Dash, The Duck Dash, & other events.
2009 – Donut Dash – $1500
2010 – Donut Dash 2.0 – $3500
2011 – Donut Dash III – $15,000
2012 – Donut Dash 4-4-4-4 – $35,000
2013 – Donut Dash No5 & The Duck Dash – $60,000
2014 – Donut Dash Seis & The Duck Dash – $61,000
2015 – Donut Dash Lucky #7 ($80,000) & The Duck Dash ($11,000) = $91,000
2016 – Donut Dash Ate ($100,000) & The Duck Dash ($20,000) = $120,000
About Donut Dash 501(c)3
So you feel confident with your donations and participation, Donut Dash 501(c)3 is run entirely by volunteers. Expenses from events are offset by goods and donations from sponsors so that 100% of your registration and/or donation is directed to the Child Life Program. We are committed to funding programs, activities, and “fun stuff” that children use on a daily basis during hospitalization and procedures. Although important, we do not fund research, medical equipment, or staff positions.