MOORE — It wasn't long after a May 20 tornado caused death and widespread damage in Moore that Jennifer Lambrecht and her friends decided they needed to do something for the families whose children died.
A week after the disaster, members of a group now known as Run for MOORE Hope began organizing a fundraising run and family festival to be held Aug. 17 at Earlywine Park, 11801 S May Ave. in Oklahoma City.
The Run for MOORE Hope 5k and Family Fun Fest will directly benefit the nine families who lost 10 children in the tornado.
“We're just a group of women who came together,” Lambrecht said. “A couple of us had a connection to two of the families that lost children, and we began to see an immediate need financially that these families have.”
Lambrecht said those needs include a vehicle that wasn't fully covered by insurance, and replacement of clothing and other personal items not covered by insurance.
So far the group has raised $9,000 to cover the cost of putting on the 5k run. About 100 people have registered for the run, paying a $20 advance entry fee. The entry fee on race day is $30.
The event kicks off with a 7 p.m. family walk and then the 5k at 7:30 p.m.
The family festival will include food, drink, inflatables, face painting and fireworks.
The timing was intentional. School starts in Moore on Aug. 16.
“We wanted it to be right at the time when school was starting because that will be another very challenging period for these families,” she said. “We wanted something to lift them up as they are facing that.”
The majority of the proceeds will be divided evenly among the families with a small percentage contributed to the Moore Project Teacher Fund.
The group still is looking for sponsors for the run and family festival. To register or for more information, visit www.moorerunandfun.com.