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The Francie’s Family 5K run/walk was created to honor Francie Billotti-Wood and her family, offer solace and support for those who loved them, and build the spirit of the community that they called home. The goal was never to raise money, but after the great success of the 2010 inaugural race, it became apparent that through the generosity of those who knew and loved the Billotti-Wood Family, we in turn, had an opportunity to further support the Middletown Community Family.

 

2010

Portions of the 2010 race proceeds went toward creating an amazing addition to the Middletown Memorial Park. Four pieces of playground equipment were purchased, sand and mulch were donated, and a sturdy bench was placed in a new section of the playground. This was done in memory of Chandler, Gavin and Fiona Billotti-Wood, and Fordham Poffenberger. The playground equipment included a butterfly tunnel, a “surfboard” balance board, a backhoe and a dinosaur sandbox. Memorial Park was chosen as the beneficiary of the 2010 race proceeds as it was one of the Billotti-Wood Children’s favorite local parks, and is centrally located in the Middletown Valley, where it can be enjoyed by the entire community. It was through the dedication of the Francie’s Family 5K committee, the town officials of Middletown, and the community as a whole that made this possible. The new playground equipment was dedicated on Friday, March 19, 2011.

 

2011

The 2011 race proceeds were used to create a Butterfly Garden at the Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center on Sumantown Road in the Middletown/Jefferson area. In conjunction with the Frederick County Parks Department, a portion of the 2011 proceeds went towards the design, landscape, and creation of a unique butterfly garden in memory of the Billotti-Wood Family. Volunteers from the Middletown community and beyond, worked together to help prepare the land for seeding, mulch the pathways, and further prepare the garden. The Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center was chosen as the beneficiary of the 2011 Francie’s Family 5K run/walk as a way to honor Francie’s passion for, and love of the environment, as well as her commitment to preserving nature. The dedication of the Butterfly Garden at the Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center was held on May 19, 2012.

 

2012

Proceeds from the 2012 race benefited the Braddock Heights Community Association for the restoration of the BCHA Pavilion. The dedication ceremony and picnic was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012. BHCA was chosen as the beneficiary as a way to recognize and thank the organization where Chandler and Gavin had started to learn to play tee-ball.  The BHCA baseball family created and distributed baseball memento pins in memory of the boys.

 

2013

The 2013 race proceeds will be donated to build a covered pavilion at the Remsberg Park. The race funds will go to the MVAA which is committed to a partnership with the Town of Middletown to raise funds for the development of Remsberg Park.  At this time the pavilion is not completed however, the Francie's Family 5K Race/Walk will be recognized for their contribution with signage at the park.

 

2014

The 2014 race proceeds will be donated to Sophie and Madigan's Playground to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard.

 

2015

The 2014 race proceeds will be donated to the Frederick County Knucklers, a Middletown Rec Council program to improve the marble rings and signage at the Middletown Park.