Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 28, 2011

Big House Big Heart raises $120,000 for university programs

This year's annual Big House Big Heart (BHBH) Run/Walk raised more than $120,000 for three U-M programs: ALS Research at the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery, C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's hospitals, and the Cardiovascular Center.

"We are grateful at how this event and its championing of so many worthwhile causes has grown in just a few short years," says Dr. Eva Feldman, director of the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery at the Medical School and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. "Everyone in my lab is energized and inspired by the outpouring of support from thousands of members of the community."

BHBH teams also raised more than $1 million for charities of their choice by collecting donations for completing their event. The Oct. 9 run/walk had a record number of participants, with more than 15,000 people participating in a 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer or one-mile run or walk.

"This has been a banner year for Big House Big Heart; 2,000 more participants and an increase of $250,000 raised for local charities than last year," says Colleen Greene, MHealthy wellness coordinator and logistics chair for BHBH. "It's great to see so many people being active with their friends, families and co-workers in support of these outstanding programs and worthwhile charities."

Two U-M areas — Ross Business School and UMHS Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases — won this year's "Go Blue" Challenge, which was issued to every U-M department, school and college by university leadership. One area from an academic school and one from a non-academic department was chosen based on the highest percentage of people it had participating.

Big House Big Heart includes chip-timed 5K and 10K races, as well as a one-mile run/walk, all of which start at Michigan Stadium, go through campus, and end inside the stadium at the 50-yard line. It is organized by Champions for Charity and supported by U-M's MHealthy and RecSports programs.

More than 15,000 people participated in this year's Big House Big Heart Run/Walk, raising more than $120,000 for three U-M programs and more than $1 million for a variety of charities. For more information on Big House Big Heart, go to www.bighousebigheart.com. (Photo by Ron Smith)