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5K race to honor fallen hero raises funds for service members

POSTED: May 12, 2013 12:10 a.m.

LULA — Four years ago, Shannon Jenrette wanted to do something to give back to those in the military and honor the memory of her late husband, Maj. Kevin M. Jenrette, who was killed in action June 4, 2009, while serving in Afghanistan.

Saturday afternoon, the 48th Brigade, Lula community and many others have helped her vision grow by participating in the fourth annual Some Give All 5K road race.

All proceeds from the event are donated to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.

“Kevin helped a lot of people in a lot of ways,” Jenrette said. “After he was killed, I had a lot of people come to me and tell me different things he had done for them and their families to help them, and I knew he was a very giving and selfless person in the first place.

“But he did a lot more than I even knew about. So, I wanted to start something that, once a year, his family, friends, people he worked with or anybody who knew him or he influenced could get together and remember him. And at the same time, raise money for a good cause that could help other soldiers in return.”

Jenrette also said that Saturday’s turnout, and what the event means to her, could be summed up in one word: patriotism.

“It’s remembering Kevin, but it’s also remembering all the other men and women who have died defending our freedoms that we enjoy here,” she said. “Not only them, but the ones that are currently doing so.”

Harriet Morgan, executive director of the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation, said Saturday’s 5K is one the biggest fundraisers for the foundation. Through Kevin Jenrette’s memory and the foundation, soldiers are being helped with financial aid during difficult times.

“The event itself is awesome,” Morgan said. “(Shannon Jenrette) has through this effort, raised over $52,000 for the foundation.

“This is certainly the most awesome and heart-felt fundraising event that we’re fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of. It’s just incredible. Kevin was always about helping the soldiers, and this is a way to continue that effort.”

The money goes toward helping soldiers and their families avoid eviction, foreclosure, utility disconnection and repossession of vehicles. They also help during times of disasters, such as a tornado, house or apartment fires and floods.

Bill and Ursula Jenrette, Kevin’s parents, were on hand for the fourth year in a row Saturday. They took part in the 5K and wanted to express their gratitude for the event.

“We do (the 5K) to honor our son,” Bill said. “If he were here, he’d be running. ... We’re so proud of Shannon. She’s a great mother, person and has done a great job of getting the event organized.”

The first-place finisher of the 5K, Cadet Richard Henry, said he came out to run for Jenrette’s memory and the school Jenrette represented, the University of North Georgia.

“Maj. Jenrette went to my school,” said Henry, a rising senior at UNG. “It was awesome to run for the school that he went to.”

Emma Lowring, 16-year old sophomore from North Oconee High School, also ran in the 5K. She said her brother is in the Marines, and that she tries to give back as much as she can to men and women in the armed force.

“My brother’s in the Marines, and he ran in the race last year,” Lowring said. “It means the world to me for everyone who serves in the military, and I’d do anything to give back to them. That’s why I ran today.”

She also said the course was, “a little tough” with the hills, but said everyone was “encouraging” each other to do a great job.

For Maj. Rob Walker, Saturday was about honoring Jenrette, but also about being able to spend time with his kids by running in the 5K.

“It’s pretty person for us because we’re friends with Shannon,” he said. His wife, Capt. Abby Walker, is part of the planning committee for the event.

He also said that the event has grown over the past four years, with members from all branches of the military participating.

“The military’s a family, all branches,” he said.


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