Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Family Foundation Fund
Did you know that 15 million children live without their fathers in the United States? We have an epidemic of children living in fatherless homes in the United States. Our hometowns are no exception.
Twenty-six thousand of Nashville’s children have been abandoned or are neglected by their fathers. This epidemic crosses all social, economic, religious, and racial boundaries. According to research, children from single-parent homes are at a higher risk to experience challenges such as learning disorders, behavioral issues, and emotional problems.
I first discovered The Family Foundation Fund (FFF) when they received a grant from the Giving Tree in 2009. But their own giving goes back to when they were established in 1993 to address the fatherhood vacuum.
And now the Family Foundation Fund needs your help! They are raising awareness to the issues of the fatherless and celebrating fatherhood. They will host their 10th Annual 5k Run/Walk for Family and Fatherhood on June 18 at the Fontanel Mansion. You should come and celebrate family, fatherhood, and father’s day with them.
Race Day Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. However, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The 5K begins at 7:00 a.m.
But besides a road race there is a lot of fun to be had. Stick around after the run and listen to Vince Gill's mini-concert. Hot air balloon rides are available for children 10 and under.
Proceeds from the event support the Family Foundation Fund. Registration is $25 per person and $75 per family including parents & children 17 and under until May 15. May 16 through June 3 the price will rise to $30 per person and $85 per family. Register online at
The FFF uses these funds to benefit many but mainly identifies boys from fatherless homes before their teen years. The boys enter a disciplined program where they are nurtured into Christ-centered manhood. Each boy is enrolled in a private Christian school and matched with a surrogate father (mentor).
The lives of fifty-four FFF sons (program participants) have been positively impacted through the work of the Family Foundation Fund. None of the program’s graduates have been involved with the juvenile justice system. Nor have any become teenage fathers. After completing high school, graduates have gone on to serve in the military, continued their education, or gone on to work.
For more information about the Family Foundation Fund or the 5K Run/Walk for Family and Fatherhood please visit or call them at 615.876.7170.

Originally posted at Brentwood Home Page.

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