Last week’s LunaFest Film Festival was a night to celebrate and amplify the voices of women everywhere. Here in Wilmington, the film festival by, for and about women championed another great girls cause – Girls on the Run Delaware.
Sponsored by LUNA bar, LunaFest allowed women to leave their running shoes at home. On this night women stepped into more elegant attire for a night of film vignettes and cocktails inside the atrium at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. The evening included wines by FranksWine and delicious food from Toscana Catering. About 100 women turned out for this year’s fundraiser.
Girls on the Run Executive Director Kim Chitty said that her organization’s name might imply that they are just a running program. But they are in fact much more. Their three-pronged program addresses girls as individuals, being part of a team, and ways they can give back to their community.
Each season of Girls on the Run culminates in a race, which are some of the largest across the state. But with each runner wearing the same bib number (#1) and cheering each other on, the program and the 5K are anything but a competition.
“We teach things like the importance of expressing gratitude and being good listeners,” said Chitty. “And we recognize girls for putting their best foot forward. All of these life skills and life lessons are taught in a way that incorporates running. So, our program really combines physical, emotional and spiritual health all wrapped up into one.”
“Crossing the finish line is just the beginning,” said Chitty. “After their success with us, there’s no telling what these girls can do!”