EDINBURG - The Housing Alliance of Valley Employees South Texas Region (HAVE – STR) hosted their first 5K Bunny Dash April 15 at the Edinburg Municipal Park to raise funds for scholarships.

“Three, two, one, go!” Were the words that officially initiated the 5K Bunny Dash run.

People of all ages walked, jogged or ran wearing the vibrant green 5K T-shirt as they enjoyed the sunny Saturday morning.

Throughout the path volunteers stood on the sidelines to cheer chants and encouraging phrases as runners came through and made their way to the finish line.

After the 5K Bunny Dash and half-mile Bunny Hop run finished kids ran in excitement to the field to collect as many eggs as possible, filled with candy, toys, and other goodies.

The success of the 5K, half-mile run, and Easter egg hunt, was all due to the time and effort the volunteers, exhibitors, and Edinburg Fire Department contributed.

The HAVE – STR Association would like to thank Linebargar Goggan Blair & Sampson LLC, Affordable Homes of South Texas, United Core Management Inc, Brownstone Construction LTD, Vesta Management Corporation, Thorson and Associates LLC, Law office of Javier Villalobos P.C., Olivarez Family Partnership LTD, Workplace Benefit Advisors LLC, Valley Land Title Co, Newkirk & Newkirk INC, Wiring Communications, State Farm Insurance, MACH Attorney at Law, David Lee Fuentes Campaign Fund, Edinburg Housing Opportunity Corp, Arnold Padilla, MJM International Corp., IBC Bank, Rick Villarreal Farmers Insurance and LNR Apts for their participation, and contribution to the 5K Bunny Dash and Bunny Hop.

The HAVE – STR association is a growing and influential membership organization with over 500 organizational and individual affiliates statewide. HAVE – STR covers 14 different counties and more than 35 cities within South Texas.

The HAVE – STR association assembled this 5-kilometer run to raise funds for the HAVE-STR Scholarship program, which provides annual scholarships to deserving students graduating from high school whose families are in Public Housing or the Section 8 Program. Through this initiative HAVE – STR raised over $11,000 that were awarded to scholarship recipients from different housing authorities.

“The race was very special because there were a lot of children involved when compared to other general 5k runs. It was specifically targeting the children, something you don’t see often.” said Consuelo Sanchez, an Edinburg housing resident and volunteer at the 5K Bunny Dash.

HAVE – STR President Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramirez and Vice – President Arnold Padilla were extremely grateful for the help they received to make this 5K possible.

“Arnold and I would like to thank everybody who contributed to this initiative and made it successful. We look forward to next year’s 5K.” said Mr. Ramirez, when asked about the success of the 5K.

The HAVE - STR Association invites everybody to next year’s Bunny Dash on April 24th, 2018. HAVE – STR looks forward to another Easter run extravaganza. You can visit www.have-str.org to learn more about the association and stay informed on upcoming events.