Courage House denied permit for Elk Grove Turkey Trot

Courage House denied permit for Elk Grove “Turkey Trot” race

 

Courage House, the group home founded by Courage Worldwide to help victims of self trafficking, has been denied a permit it host their annual Turkey Trot fundraiser in Elk Grove. This news comes on the heels of a decision last month by the organization that runs the Big Day of Giving to exclude the organization from it’s fundraising last Thursday.  That decision was made in part due to questions about the organization that have come up in the past year since their group home near Sacramento closed last year.  Courage Worldwide has been the subject of scrutiny for the past year, including numerous stories by the Sacramento Bee.

 

Since 2011 Courage Worldwide has hosted a Thanksgiving Day 5 & 10K race called the Turkey Trot in Elk Grove. The race competes with the more widely known Sacramento Race to Feed to the Hungry.  The critical news stories last year contributed to a lower than normal turnout for the event.  Sources within the city of Elk Grove had grown concerned over the image of the race being connected with Courage House. Some community leaders questioned having a fundraiser for a group that did not benefit Elk Grove residents. Many Elk Grove residents chose to support the Sacramento race on Thanksgiving instead. The fundraising race is expected to continue with other local Elk Grove non profits being the beneficiaries of the event, as the city hopes to keep Elk Grove residents and their donations here for Thanksgiving.

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