This Saturday, NETA Cares not only sponsored, but also had two elite athletes run in the 39th Annual Bridge of Flowers 10k classic in Shelburne Falls, MA. The race helps to support local charities and non-profits. This year, the race benefitted DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services, the Cancer Connection, The Art Garden, The Academy of Charlemont, and Friends of Children.

Brian, NETA Inventory Specialist and NETA Cares runner, commented, “The Bridge of Flowers 10k was an absolutely gorgeous run. The event was well organized, the community was great, and the weather even cooperated. Looking forward to returning next year.”

Karima, NETA PSA and NETA Cares runner, reminisced and shared similar feelings, “It was a pleasure to represent NETA Cares at the 39th annual Shelburne Falls’ Bridge of Flowers 10K road race. The scenic course traverses an historic 1890 iron bridge and winds through the neighborhoods of Shelburne Falls. Over 1,000 runners and walkers gathered to support five local charities in Western Massachusetts. It was a perfect day for the community to come together and support one another in such a positive event.”

We were pleased to participate in another iconic 10k, and especially one that benefited many local organizations. We will certainly run in this race again next year! Click here to view our gallery.

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Descriptions of charities from the Shelburne Falls website:

DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services is a community-based non-profit agency that has been serving the youth and communities of Western MA since 1977. Providing a wide array of services that foster youth empowerment and community service. Over the course of the last three decades, thousands of area youth have been served by the agency in Franklin and Hampshire Counties and the North Quabbin Region.

Cancer Connection provides a haven where people with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers can learn to cope with the physical and emotional turmoil that is part of a cancer diagnosis and to explore ways to enhance their strength, their hope and their care through support groups, integrative therapies, creative activities and education. All services are offered free of charge.

The Art Garden serves the rural hilltowns of western Massachusetts, creating a bridge between community art practices and contemporary art thinking. They provide low-cost, sliding scale, and free cultural programming for the community. They create a nurturing, non-judgmental, and inspirational environment where people of all ages and experience engage in the creative process, and explore and exchange ideas through individual and collaborative art-making.

The Academy at Charlemont is an independent, coeducational day school for grades 7-12 located in Charlemont, Massachusetts. It combines the best of the classical academic tradition with a visible commitment to rigor and balance, student leadership and good citizenship, and to building and sustaining community. The elements that draw many students to The Academy is our small size, inclusive culture, studio block program (fine and studio arts, and music), drama program, and commitment to our greater community.

Friends of Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of hundreds of children each year by working to bring security and hope to abused and neglected children in the foster care system. The mission of Friends of Children is to serve the needs of children through individual case advocacy and support of coordinated programs and policies to improve their lives. Our vision is that all children, especially those who are most vulnerable, have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We believe all children have the right to safe, consistent and nurturing homes in which to live, as well as access to essential services and quality educational opportunities that will allow them to succeed.