The award-winning music department of Calabasas High School will be staging an innovative fundraiser, combining music and motion.
Dubbed the first annual Music Fun Run, the unique event will take place this Sunday, December 9.
“We’ve done the usual silent auction and dinner dances,” said Aaron Kohen, a member of CHS’ music faculty. “Hopefully, with the success of this one, we can make it a yearly event to replace the smaller fundraisers.”
Designed to benefit music education and support student musicians, the music fun run will start and end on campus, along Mulholland Highway. According to Kohen, proceeds from the fun run will be used to help fund general operating expenses, including instrument purchase and repair.
“It will also help pay for accompanists, string players and other professional musicians who assist us in the program year-round and help coach small groups,” he said.
The event is open to both adults, children and pets, and will feature a 10K, a 5K and a kids’ 1K dash, along with live music, said Kohen. Participants will walk, jog and run through a supervised course on the CHS campus as well as neighboring areas.
“There’s a mile-long uphill,” said Kohen, offering a sneak preview of the out-and-back course. “But it’s open to all–runners, joggers, walkers, pets and jogging strollers.”
Kohen hopes the event will draw about 300 participants and help the music program meet its $5,000 to $10,000 fundraising goal.
Age group awards will be handed out at the post-race gathering on campus, where pop artist Katie Cole, singer and vocal coach Ken Stacey, the CHS Jazz Combos and the a capella group Unstrumental will be performing as well.
There will also be food trucks and refreshments at the post-race celebration.
Early registration prices before December 2 are $15 for kids, $30 for the 5K “Walk or Run” and $40 for the 10K “Walk or Run.” All registered participants will receive a shirt and all kids participating in the 1K will receive a medal.
Participants can register online until December 8 or in person on race morning beginning at 7 a.m.