It’s all about the numbers.


And Amanda Estey would know that. She works at VisonBank® in Ames. However, in this story, she is the point of contact for the Ballard Kiwanis organization and their upcoming Fourth of July 5K Run/Walk and pancake breakfast events.


Held separately in the past, this year Ballard Kiwanis is joining the 5K and the breakfast to be held together the morning of the Fourth of July celebration in Slater. And here’s where the numbers come in…


“I would love to have 50 runners or walkers for the 5K and serve 200 at the pancake breakfast. If we can reach those numbers, along with business sponsorships, we would raise around $3,000,” Estey said.


That money raised will support Ballard Dollars for Scholars, Shop with a Cop, Vision and Dental expenses for Ballard’s youth, Key Leader Sponsorship of two high school students to leadership camp, Miracle Field and Playground, Teen Maze, Ballard Playground and Camp OK. These are all great causes.


In the past, Ballard Kiwanis held a 5K on its own in the summer, mid-July, mostly getting a response from the school’s cross country kids as participants. Then last year, they decided to hold a breakfast at the Slater Fourth of July event. “We were successful last year, serving roughly 120 people with free-will donations, raising over $800,” Estey said. General Mills donated pancake mix, Fareway donated beverages, Burke donated sausage last year, and these businesses have agreed to do so again this year.


So, the plan is to hold the 5K Run/Walk in coordination with the breakfast, and provide, as part of the run/walk participants’ entry fee of $25, a free breakfast ticket. Students can still get a great deal, because they can take part for $15 each, by showing their student ID. The run/walk event is not timed and it’s for people of all ages. All participants are entered into a raffle, and at the end, there’s a drawing for prizes. “Last year we handed out 24 prizes,” Estey said.


Estey and other Kiwanis members are hopeful that bringing the two events together on the Fourth of July, will make for an even more successful fundraiser.


“Slater’s Fourth of July has a large following already; people are already in and around town, so we hope they will participate in the run and stick around for breakfast too.”


Check-in for the run/walk will begin at 6:20 a.m. on July 4 at the beer tent area, south of the Log Cabin in the city park along Benton Street. The run/walk begins at 7 a.m., and the course will go through parts of Slater and along part of the Heart of Iowa Trail.


Sponsors for prizes are also still needed.


To find forms for prize sponsorship and for walk/run registration, go to the Ballard Kiwanis Facebook page, fitnesssports.com, or stop by VisionBank in Huxley.