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White Knight Midnight 5K

(West Frankfort, IL, September 17th, 2011) Friday nights are not only for football. Last Friday night kept runners and walkers up late ... all for a good cause. West Frankfort City Hall was host to The White Knight Midnight 5K fundraiser for The Night's Shield in Memory of Erin Davis-Howell. Erin was a huge supporter for the shelter and the fundraising committee wanted to honor her memory and continue her efforts in helping the children.

Friday night's event secured over $5,000 in donations that will directly support the children by providing healthcare, clothing, food and education at the shelter in the upcoming months.

Runners came for the event from as far as Richmond Heights, MO as well as a vacationer from Las Vegas, NV. One-hundred and twenty-two participants enjoyed the race including 5 children for a "Fun Run" one mile trek. Grant Venus came in first, followed by AJ Johnson, both from Goreville. Their award was a beautifully handcrafted crown and scepter made by children that are currently staying at the Night's Shield. (photos attached). Placing adult runners included Decia Stewart, from Golconda placing third, Mark Smith, from Pinckneyville placing 2nd and Brad Blakey, from West Frankfort, coming in first with a time of 19:50. Brad was knighted by 'the king' and received a 1st place medal for his achievement. (photo attached)

"Tonight was very emotional for me. The fundraising committee wanted to name the run in memory of my daughter Erin Ashley Davis-Howell 31 (March 24th, 1980 - July 7th, 2011). She was a huge supporter of the shelter and helped me with many fundraisers. I know there were many runners here that knew Erin and how much she loved helping people. We are just overwhelmed by the success and will continue her work through our efforts in helping more children find a safe place during their time of crisis." Judy Davis, Executive Director.

The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides twenty-four hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected and/or abandoned children from the entire state. As a child care institution, licensed by the state of Illinois, it provides a secure, nurturing and home-like setting for the children.

For more information about the shelter including how to make a donation, volunteer forms and current needs list visit: