With a larger family event canceled this year, 52 TEP volunteers instead jumped in to participate virtually in runs and walks to benefit the Erik Hite Foundation.

On May 9, TEP employees and family members registered for the Fallen Officer Memorial 5K Fun Run and 2-Mile Family Walk to benefit the foundation. The event kicked off with a virtual Facebook Live ceremony. Participants were allowed to run or walk anytime during the day on their own, then record and report their times online.

TEP was the title sponsor for the virtual event and paid for TEP team members’ registration fees.

Earlier this year, TEP gave an $8,000 grant to the foundation, part of which was designated for the annual 5K race and Touch-a-Truck event, a family-friendly gathering where attendees can see law-enforcement and other vehicles. Instead, those sponsorship funds went to the virtual race and walk.

The Erik Hite Foundation, named for a Tucson Police Department officer who was killed in the line of duty, provides a childcare center and family outreach programs for first responders and military families.

“I think participating in the virtual races is a good way to feel connected to the community while social distancing,” said Alison Rothwell, a contracts manager in the Legal Department, who participated in the race on behalf of TEP.

“As a Navy mom, I have a huge appreciation for the support the Erik Hite Foundation gives to the families of first responders and military personnel.”

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