Kappa Delta hosts Shamrock 5K to benefit children, families

By Kristen Sekinger| @KyKernel

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Kappa Delta sorority hosted its annual Shamrock 5K and pancake breakfast fundraiser at Keeneland on Saturday.

The race benefited Prevent Child Abuse America and The Nest Center for Women, Children and Families.

The Nest is a nonprofit organization that promotes healing, stability and well-being of children and families.

“We had a great turn out this year,” said Michaela Pierceall, Kappa Delta’s philanthropy chair.

More people pre-registered this year than in previous years, to Pierceall said.

Kappa Delta members hope to beat the $20,000 that was raised last year.

The grand total will not be announced until April.

“My favorite part about the event is the pancake breakfast,” said accounting junior Sarah Cox.

Tables were set up at the finish line where runners sat and enjoyed pancakes, along with fruit and drinks.

“The pancakes were delicious and it was a great opportunity to meet other college students,” said biology junior John-Michael Riegger.

“It’s really nice to be able to see the effects that our Shamrock event has on the community,” said merchandising, apparel and textiles junior Maggie Camp, who participated in the 5K. “It’s rewarding knowing that I’m a part of it all.”

Some participants praised Kappa Delta’s work on the event.

“I would definitely consider doing this again in the future,” Riegger said. “The race was well organized and the Kappa Deltas did an incredible job with everything.”

The runners’ only wish: sunshine.

“We had just hoped for warmer weather,” Cox said.