RANCHO SANTA FE — The 7th annual 5K for Miracles Babies at the Embarcadero Marina Park South was a huge a success. The May 3 event raised grossed more than $108,000 and netted $80,875. All monies will be filtered to the nonprofit, founded by Rancho Santa Fe residents, Dr. Sean Daneshmand and his wife Marjan.
Miracle Babies provides financial assistance and support to families whose newborns are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The nonprofit’s purpose is to improve the welfare of children, women and families through the efforts of medical care, prevention and education.
Marjan Daneshmand’s team, Mighty Miracles, was the top fundraising team for the day.
There were 1,700 registrants, not including children under 12.
“The 5k was fabulous. There was so much energy and so much creativity with all of the different superhero themed teams,” she said. “There were a variety of kid activities and the little ones were having a blast.”
Daneshmand shared how the event attracted 40 different vendors.
On hand were the Moscot and players from the Xolos Mexican Soccer team who played soccer with the little kids. Also there was 100.7 Radio encouraging and cheering the competitors.
For Daneshmand, the day was filled with memorable moments.
“We took a group pictures and there was so many people that it was hard to capture everyone. Other awesome moments were the little kid diaper dash race and just seeing all of the creative superhero costumes,” she said.
Daneshmand went on to thank their sponsors, vendors and families. She described this year’s event as a grassroots effort.
“It was the energy of our family fundraising teams and individuals who really made this year a success,” she said.