The Grayson Crisis Center’s popular Moonlight 5K and fun run is getting a new name and beneficiary this year.
The Sherman City Council recently approved a request to temporarily close streets in downtown for the Moonlighting for the Cards 5K and Fun Run to benefit the Pottsboro Independent School District Education Foundation. The evening event is scheduled for Sept. 29 in downtown Sherman.
“The only reason this is not on consent agenda, which it normally would be, is because this event is changing hands this year,” Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch said. “This was previously an event to benefit the Crisis Center. They have basically transferred ownership of this event over to the Pottsboro Education Foundation.”
The Pottsboro ISD Education Foundation is expecting between 400 and 500 participants this year and plans to have an open tent on the lawn of the Grayson County Courthouse that will provide runners with snacks and water, and may have music playing through loudspeakers.
“We have told the education foundation that because this is an organization outside of Sherman that they will be required to pay for their own security or their own police, if they choose to include that,” Strauch said.
In a letter to the city, Pottsboro ISD Education Foundation President Asa Jessee wrote the foundation’s personnel are requesting city support for security/directing traffic while the race is going on.
“The mission of the Pottsboro ISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Pottsboro Independent School District to enrich, maintain and expand programs needed to meet the district’s stated mission of excellence in education,” Jessee said in the letter to the city.
In a document prepared for the council, city staff indicated Sherman workers would provide equipment for traffic control assistance and place and remove barricades and cones.
“Why are they coming to Sherman?” council member Willie Steele asked before the council voted on the item. “Just because they’re taking it over, but it’s going to benefit Pottsboro at this point?”
Strauch confirmed that was the case and Mayor David Plyler remarked that Sherman’s downtown area is “awesome.”
“Everybody wants to be in our downtown,” Plyler said.
Steele then motioned to approve the request and the council voted unanimously to temporarily close streets in downtown for the September event. The Crisis Center held the Seeds of Hope Moonlight 5K each of the previous four years, but held its inaugural Denim & Dollars Gala fundraiser in April of this year.