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A several-thousand dollar check was presented to local military and their families at a holiday reception.

Funded by the first annual Freedom Run 5k held in August, an $8,000 check was presented on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The money goes to the USO of Illinois to support its USO/AUSA Emergency Relief Program aiding Quad Cities military and their families.

The USO’s Annual Holiday Reception at the USO Rock Island Center on the Rock Island Arsenal.

“The Freedom Run race was created to raise funds for local military families in need as well as to show support and appreciation for those in uniform,” said Joe Moreno, Race Director. “This has been such a fun event to organize simply because of the great connection the Quad Cities has with the military.”

The USO/AUSA Emergency Relief Fund was started in 2012 to assist active duty, guard and reserve military service members with financial assistance for emergent and unexpected challenges from military service or Acts of God.

The next Freedom Run is scheduled for August 7, 2014.