The Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund ambassadors are hosting a 5K run on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Activity Center Park located at 221 North Main Street, Centerville. This event is designed for participants of all ages and abilities. The goal is to have fun for a great cause.
After a tragic boating accident on August 11, 2007, a Centerville family was struck with a loss of their four year old son, Mark. A tragedy that tends to tear a family apart brought strength to parents, Jon and Suzie Kreusch. Their love for their son, and with the guidance of Mark’s spirit and ambition, has encouraged them to take their grief to help other children. The Kreusch’s wish is to continue the legacy of their beloved son through community service that benefits area children. Their hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated and have helped hundreds of children over the years. The Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund was founded to, “enrich the lives of children by investing in programs, facilities and services that provide children the opportunities and resources to grow, learn and play in a safe and healthy environment.”
The Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund began an ambassador program about two years ago. The ambassadors volunteer their time to support Mark’s Memorial Fund, develop and plan ideas, obtain sponsorship and host events to keep his memory alive. This year, the ambassador program includes a group of five deeply driven and dedicated students from Centerville High School and Alter High School that had personally been touched by the spirited soul of Mark Kreusch.
This amazing group of ambassadors brought five students together for one cause but big ambition. Lead by Lesli Klaus, five area students band together to make a difference. Lauran DiMario and Joe Nikolai are Alter High School students. Michael Spangler is a Centerville High School student. Alex Klaus is a Centerville High School Graduate that will be continuing his studies at the University of Cincinnati. Tori Miller, an Alter High School will be heading to Ohio State in the fall.
The ambassador program was initiated by Andrew DiMario and Tori Miller. “This program is so near and dear to my heart because I was fortunate enough to know Mark and the fun loving little boy he was. I am so grateful to have been a part of this program for two years now. I think that our upcoming 5K is going to be huge success and a wonderful memorial for Mark. I love the work that this fund does and the fact that we are able to help so many people in his honor,” said Ambassador Miller.
Having known and experienced the brilliant spunk of Mark is not an exception for Tori Miller. In fact, all the ambassadors have been touched by Mark Kreusch in one way or the other. Living in the small community of Centerville, they feel they are all family.
“As a first year member of the ambassador program, I am thrilled with the progress made concerning the 5K in memory of Mark. Growing up as a neighbor to the Kreusch family and knowing Mark, I am honored to be given the opportunity to help enhance the lives of children in Mark’s memory,” said Ambassador Spangler.
This ambassador program provides young adults a beneficial way to serve the community and help them experience the satisfying feeling when helping others. “We hope that they continue with their passion for community service as they become adults in their own communities some day,” Suzie Kreusch said.
The profits from “Miles for Mark” 5K will benefit children programs and enrich their lives. Previous programs supported by the Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund include: A Kid Again, an organization that provides activities for children with life-threatening illnesses; Kids In Need, a foundation that provides school supplies to needy students; The Mark Kreusch Nature Playce at Grant Park, a playground designed for the outdoors; funded the restart of a Kindergarten through Fourth grade, “MAK Town Safety Village,” a program to help educate children on traffic and bike safety. The fund has also hosted many fundraisers and other events that have all been successful.
“I’ve been involved in this program [ambassador program] for one year now, and I am very excited for our upcoming 5K because I think it is a great way to spread awareness of Mark’s Memorial fund and come together in Mark’s memory,” said Ambassador DiMario.
This foundation shows over and over again that positive things can come out of tragedy. Mark’s legacy lives on and his memory remains strong in the Centerville community.
To register for the race, visit www.Speedy-feet.com or visit Up & Running on Far Hills Avenue to obtain a registration form. The race is being sponsored by Club Level Cleaning, Fender Construction, Up and Running, W.G. Grinders.
Stay updated on the Memorial Funds generous giving by following them on Facebook or the official website of Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund. Donation information is also available on these websites.