Northville Educational Foundation receives $10,000 gift from Solstice Run organization

Northville Educational Foundation receives $10,000 gift from Solstice Run organization

Northville Educational Foundation receives $10,000 gift from Solstice Run organization


The Solstice Run organization recently announced a $10,000 gift to the Northville Educational Foundation to support educational and enrichment programs to benefit Northville Public Schools students.


The Northville Educational Foundation is one of four local charities and non-profit organizations to benefit from the net proceeds of the annual world-class road race event, which takes place each June in Northville in conjunction with the weekend-long Arts & Acts festivities. Established in 2003, a record 3,300 runners participated in the June 25, 2011 Solstice Run, which included a 10 Mile race, a 10K race, a 5K race, a “Maui Mile” for younger runners, and a 5K run/walk.


“Alan Whitehead and the Solstice Run have made a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of Northville residents. Each year hundreds of Northville students and adults train for and participate in the race. The Solstice Run’s generous donation to the NEF affirms its commitment to our children and our community, “said Foundation Secretary Mark Knoth.


Solstice Run founder Alan Whitehead offered that , “Along with creating an athletic tradition and festive community event promoting fitness, the Solstice Run is proud to be able to support the work of local organizations like the Northville Educational Foundation.  We appreciate NEF’s commitment to excellence in Northville Public Schools.”


This fall, the Solstice Run organization will host the inaugural Wicked Halloween Run on Sunday, October 30, in downtown Plymouth. Races include a 10K, a 5K, and a “Monster Mile” for younger runners. The spooktacular event also will feature a Costume Contest; fun and fast course routes, live onstage dance performances to the Michael Jackson song, “Thriller;” and a haunted finish line. Candy and Fluid Aid Stations will also be offered along all courses.


To register or for more information, visit the Wicked Halloween Run website at or contact Whitehead at [email protected] or 248-345-6168.


Established in 2000, the Northville Educational Foundation is a Michigan nonprofit organization committed to providing support for programs that enhance educational excellence and strengthen learning experiences for students in Northville Public Schools. The Foundation raises, professionally manages and, in partnership with Northville Public Schools, distributes donated funds to supplement and enrich educational programming. All money donated to the Foundation stays in Northville and benefits the children of Northville Public Schools from preschool through high school, including the district’s special education center programs.


For more information about the Northville Educational Foundation and how you can become involved, visit the Foundation website at or contact Foundation Manager Jennifer Pearson at [email protected] or 248-344-8458