The 3rd Annual JMU Horn Society Century
What? On Saturday, April 14 2018, The JMU Horn Society will start running at 9am, and continue until we have accumulated 100 total miles as a group. Our members will also be performing horn ensemble and alphorn music at our Purcell Park shelter to entertain all attending and participating during the event!
Why? As members of both the JMU and Harrisonburg communities, we are eager to use our collective efforts in a healthy activity (running!) to raise awareness and funds for the Harrisonburg Schools Food Backpack Program, and our annual Guest Artist Series.
Our Charity The Backpack Program is an initiative that distributes a weekend supply of healthy foods to kids in need. Bags go home in a participating child’s backpack on Friday afternoon. This supply of food is easy for children to open and/or prepare themselves. Families apply through an open enrollment each school year and are selected through a conference of administrators, counselors, teachers and staff. Backpack Programs are active in most of the area elementary schools, both city and county. While many students have benefited from funding to provide weekly Food Backpacks, there is a long wait-list of local children still in need. Our goal to to help fully fund several more Backpacks for the upcoming year.
Our Guest Series brings performers and teachers of national and international acclaim to JMU for horn recitals, masterclasses, and other guest presentations. Past Guest Artists have included: William Caballero (Principal Horn, Pittsburgh Symphony), Andrew Pelletier (Soloist and Horn Professor at BGSU), Douglas Hill (Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison), Zachary Smith (Associate Principal horn, Pittsburgh Symphony), Shawn Hagen (Peabody Conservatory), Dan Wions (Principal Horn, Pennsylvania Ballet), and Abel Pereira (Principal Horn, National Symphony).
With support from local organizations, including:
On Sunday, May 1st, 2016, the JMU Horn Society ran 100 Miles and raised funds for The Mercy House and our Guest Artist Fund! Thank you to all who supported our event!
We raised $700 for The Mercy House, bringing our two year total donation amount to $2300!
Following the amazingly successful 2015 Century Run, the JMU Horn Society will collectively run 100 miles at Purcell Park in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on May 1st, 2016. This year we will be inviting JMU Horn Society Alumni to participate as well, and hope to forge a strong connections with our JMU alums for years to come!
Thank you for your encouragement and support!
The JMU Horn Society thanks you for your sponsorship!
Back row: Ben Knicely, Lincoln Marquis, Zach Nicely, Ben Yehle, Dan Atwood
Front Row: Olivia Lawson, Kaitlyn Brown, Emily Williams, Austin Frank, Hunter Payne,
Martha Blanks, Grace Chan
Please enjoy these pictures from our 1st enormously successful Century Run. We ran 117 miles and raised $1600 for The Mercy House!
The mission of Mercy House is to provide food, clothes, and shelter to homeless families with dependent children in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area in a safe community while providing services to help overcome the barriers leading to homelessness.
Special thanks to Rui Zhang for the photos from our 2015 Century Run!