By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 8.26.16 PMThe second annual 5K run called Soles 2 Remember, will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 8 am beginning at Pine Lake Country Club.

Proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund

“The goal last year was $3,000,” says Sgt. Michael Gainey from the Mint Hill Police Department. “But we raised $8,000.”

Gainey feels the support was overwhelming because of the nature of the project.

“It’s a really good cause,” he says. “It’s for remembering police officers who have died in the line of duty, and people really recognize that and appreciate the role of the police in keeping them safe.”

The memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC was dedicated on October 15, 1991.

The Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.

Gainey explains that there are several ways citizens can help.

“First of all, signing up for the 5K is easy,” says Gainey. “Runners can go to www.soles2remember.org, or visit our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/soles2remember.”

Pre-registration fees are $25 and day-of registration fee is $35.

Gainey says that Papa Johns in Mint Hill is also helping out by donating 20 percent of total sales on April 16 and May 7 toward the fundraising efforts.

Additionally, Queen’s Grant Middle School, and Queen’s Grant High School are sponsoring fund-raising efforts, and winning classes at both schools will receive a pizza party, courtesy of Papa Johns.

With on-line registration, help from Papa Johns and Queen’s Grant schools, Soles 2 Remember is well on its way to meeting a $10,000 goal set for this year.

For more information, please call 704-545-1085, email mgainey@police.minthill.com, or go to www.soles2remember.org.