Students may be returning to school, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun and giving is coming to an end.  We are less than 3 weeks away from one of my favorite fundraising events of the summer, the Kirkwood 5K!  This run/walk/push is family focused and designed to get the entire community involved.  The race is nestled right in the middle of the cozy Kirkwood neighborhood and is guaranteed to be fast and fun!

All of this fun is made possible by our generous sponsors, and the title sponsor, Charles Aris Inc.  Charles Aris Inc. is a full service, global executive search firm which has specialized in recruiting world-class talent for more than 40 years. A major sponsor of BackPack Beginnings, this is the 6th year Charles Aris has been the title sponsor for the Kirkwood 5K.  Because of their donation, every race registration fee goes directly toward helping and feeding the children of Guilford County.

When asked about their motivation behind this, CEO Chad Oakley had this to say, “At Charles Aris Inc., we have 22 Guiding Principles.  Number 12 is ‘We Innovate.’  Innovation starts with learning, and as we all know, it’s impossible to learn when you are hungry. Let’s keep innovation alive by making sure that kids throughout the Piedmont Triad never come to school with an empty stomach.”

This event isn’t just about the race either!  There will be food from The Fresh Market, a visit from Sargeant Swarm, amazing swag bags, and great prizes from Radiance Yoga and The Fresh Market.  Events like this are only possible because of these generous sponsors and community members like you!  For more information and to sign up click here,


If you would like to become a BackPack Beginnings volunteer, please visit our volunteer page. Want to host a food drive or make a donation?  Your donations will allow us to serve more children in need. Thank you!

Written on 8/7/17 by Erin Williams.