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Dawn to Dusk relay raises thousands of dollars for Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County

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The Dusk to Dawn Run/Walk for Kids on Nov. 1 benefitted the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County.PHOTOS COURTESY OF DR. ZOUBIR YAZID
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The Dusk to Dawn Run/Walk for Kids on Nov. 1 benefitted the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County.PHOTOS COURTESY OF DR. ZOUBIR YAZID
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The Yazid family of Princeton organized a unique fundraiser, an all-day relay style run/walk that took place from sunrise to sunset.
On Nov. 1, Dr. Zoubir Yazid, his wife Erika and their daughter Jasmine, who is a junior at Princeton High School, were joined by 17 participants from 6:30 a.m. to 5:38 p.m. in Community Park South for the Dawn to Dusk Run/Walk for Kids.
“We care greatly about youth, their safety and development. Unfortunately, not all youth in our county have equal access to programs and services to keep them safe and provide them access to caring adults. Young people are at the greatest risk of being a victim of crime between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; however, most at-risk youth don’t have access to after school programs due to an inability to pay for these services. The Boys & Girls Clubs provides after school programs to over 500 children and teens each day and never turns a child away based on ability to pay. These programs support each child’s educational, leadership and overall youth development,” the Yazids posted on the race website.
Though the goal was to raise $7,000, the event raised $9,020 as of press time for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County.
“Even the pouring rain in the afternoon did not stop the members of the team,” Zoubir Yazid said. “It was especially great for us that eight Princeton High School friends of my daughter Jasmine participated in her efforts to raise money by running/walking and donating to the overall team effort. It is always so nice to see the new generation be so involved in the community and helping those in need.”
Zoubir Yazid, who is the chief learning officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, said the funds directly benefit a child or teen in need of financial assistance to be able to attend club programs.
“This year it is especially critical to raise funds as the club has been under financial pressure because of all the COVID-19 related protocols that had to be put in place to ensure the kids we serve are safe and healthy,” Zoubir Yazid said.

For more information, visit the team page at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/run4clubkids20/team/868547/

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