Last year, we ranked the Blue & Green Back on My Feet Bash as one of the best events of 2012. This year’s gala was even better, serving as a wonderful mid-week celebration during the lulls of early spring.
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.
The event featured an opening reception, followed by a seated dinner and entertainment. Featured guests were Jim Handly of News4, Anne Mahlum, BoMF Founder & CEO, and The Redskins Cheerleaders, who performed at the conclusion of the dinner program.
The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many Members achieve independence through employment and housing.
Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources. Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness.