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PRESS RELEASE: Devotion to Children’s 3rd Annual Mother’s Day 4 Mile Run Grows to Nearly 800 Participants

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For Immediate Release

For more information or to obtain digital photos from event, please contact:

Mali Phonpadith    OR  Rosemary Tran Lauer

MaliPhonpadith@gmail.com   rosemary@devotiontochildren.org

703-608-2181

Devotion to Children’s 3rd Annual Mother’s Day

4 Mile Run Grows to Nearly 800 Participants

Event Helps Non-Profit Raise Awareness Year-Round for Lack of Affordable Child Care

Reston, VA – May 21, 2012 -- Nearly 800 childcare crusaders of all ages, including 600 registered runners, 12 corporate sponsors and an enthusiastic crowd of community volunteers, family supporters and students turned out for the Devotion to Children’s (DTC) Mother’s Day 4-Mile Run held May 13. The event raised more than $7,000 to help local families with young children gain affordable access to child care and other vital resources.

"The Devotion to Children Mother's Day 4-miler, and other events we have planned throughout the year, help us to shine a brilliant spotlight on the need for affordable, quality child care," said DTC Founder Rosemary Tran Lauer.  "In addition to our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers, DTC is fortunate to have the ongoing support of so many families in our community.  In particular, I'd like to recognize all of the young runners from Green Hedges School in Vienna, VA, who participated in the true spirit of our youth helping one another. We could not do what we do without all our community supporters."

The increasingly popular Mother's Day 4-miler is just one of several events DTC holds annually to help raise funding and awareness for its cause.  In September, the organization will host its second annual Cards 4 Kids Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament.  On November 14th, DTC will hold its largest fundraiser of the year the 9th Annual Red, Heart and Soul Gala. The 2011 Gala took in more than $100,000 to assist local families.

This year’s event sponsors included Rosenthal Automotives, Potomac River Running, Chasin’ Tails, Long and Foster/Christie’s, Lyon Bakery, McLean Insurance, Smolen Plevy, Tetra Partnership, Atlantic Realty, Eagle Bank, Nordic Naturals and RGS Title.

Devotion to Children® (DTC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling the needs of children from birth to age six, so that they may become mentally, physically and emotionally healthy members of society.  Founded in 1994 by Rosemary Tran Lauer, DTC helps families become economically self-sufficient by helping them obtain preschool and childcare services so that parents may seek and maintain gainful employment.  DTC pursues its mission by promoting greater access to subsidized and charitable preschool and childcare services and providing financial assistance to families.  DTC also educates the public about the need for affordable, high-quality educational and childcare programs while raising awareness about the availability of such services to families with young children.  For more information, please visit www.devotiontochildren.org.

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