2018 ThunderCloud Turkey Trot raises $350,000 for Caritas of Austin!
Largest donation in ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot history!
The owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented the largest single donation ever from the proceeds of the ThunderCloud Subs TurkeyTrot—$350,000—to Caritas of Austin today. ThunderCloud has now raised nearly$3.8 million over the Trot’s 28-year history.
The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, Austin’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition, is the largest five-mile run in Texas and includes a one-mile walk and a Kids K all taking place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts. More than 20,000 people participated in the Trot this year, with all proceeds benefiting Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness in Austin.
“Every year we are overjoyed to present Caritas with the Trot proceeds, but this year is particularly special because the $350,000 donation is our largest to date and shatters the previous record by a staggering $15,000,” says Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud Subs, run director for the Trot, and Caritas board member emeritus.
“That’s no small feat, and we are honored and humbled to receive the continued support of the Austin community for our event and for Caritas of Austin,” Haggerty says.
“We want to thank all of our staff, the volunteers, sponsors, raffle ticket buyers, participants—everyone helped make this year’s Trot the most successful ever,” Haggerty says.
Proceeds from the annual Trot are crucial to helping achieve Caritas’ mission, according to executive director Jo Kathryn Quinn.
“Caritas of Austin is incredibly grateful for the continued support of ThunderCloud Subs for the past 28 years. The money raised at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot helps us build wellbeing for hundreds of families by making sure they have a safe and stable home, employment opportunities, food security, and life skills to succeed,” Quinn says.
Major sponsors of the 2018 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot include First Texas Honda, YETI, CREA Communities, Fairmont Austin, KVUE, Stepping Stone School, Pepsi, Quik Print, Mangoozer, KIND Snacks, Bank of America, Walt Disney Studios, and The Long Center for Performing Arts.