Annas Run Nets $6,000 For Little Smiles

Organizers of the Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5K Run have announced that this year’s event raised $6,000 for Little Smiles. That is $1,000 more than last year.

The Jeff Annas 5K Run was held Saturday, Sept. 15.

This year, with the date near 9/11, more than a dozen firefighters wore their bunker gear while racing to show their commitment to the charity, their profession and physical fitness.

Professional Firefighters/Paramedics representatives presented the check to Little Smiles at a recent Wellington Village Council meeting. Little Smiles provides help for children who are sick in the hospital or in hospice care.

The event also raised enough money to give another $6,000 in college scholarships to local high school students who demonstrate dedication to public service and community service.

The five-year run for charity, organized by the Professional Firefighters/Paramedics Benevolent Fund Inc., has donated more than $50,000 to local charities and $17,000 in scholarships.

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Above: Firefighter/Paramedic Aaron Piering of Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue races in a full mask and oxygen tank.