9th Annual Teri Mathis Zenner Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Person: Robert Thompson, Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation for the Advancement of Social Welfare Mobile Phone Number: 913-488-0883 Email Address: rwt2ks@yahoo.com

9th Annual Teri Mathis Zenner Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash Saturday, June 15, 2013, 7:30 am Shelter #1, Heritage Park Marina, 16050 Pflumm Rd, Olathe, KS 66062

Shawnee, Kansas: The 9th Annual Teri Mathis Zenner 5K Run Run/Walk and Kids Dash will take place Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 7:30 am at the Marina/Shelter #1 area at Heritage Park in Olathe, Kansas. The run/walk honors the memory of Teri Mathis Zenner who was tragically killed by a client on August 17, 2004, while working as a social worker for Johnson County Mental Health. Her death, 2 days before her 27th birthday, focused national attention on safety for social workers.

The efforts of her widower, Matt Zenner, resulted in the April 2010 passage of legislation by the state of Kansas requiring 6 hours of safety training as part of the continuing education requirement for first time licensure renewals for master social workers and specialist clinical social workers. Kansas was the first state in the United States to pass legislation of this kind.

Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation has developed and conducted safety training programs for over 180 social service and community health workers in the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout the state of Kansas. The Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation has partnered with the Ali Kemp Foundation to provide the self-defense training portion of the safety training.

Teri believed in helping those less able to help themselves. Teri’s spirit lives on and continues to inspire other to carry out her work. To honor her memory, the Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation for the Advancement of Social Welfare (a 501 (c)(3) organization) will host the 9th Annual Teri Mathis Zenner 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash at Heritage Park, Olathe, KS. Participants will be treated to an all you care to eat Chris Cakes pancake breakfast and Kids Dash after the run/walk. Proceeds from the event will help fund safety training for social workers and other community based social service providers.

The Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation has endowed a scholarship in Teri’s name for graduate study in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. Teri was completing her master’s degree in social welfare at the University of Kansas at the time of her death. The Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation has also endowed a scholarship for undergraduate study in a helping profession at Missouri Southern University, where Teri was a scholarship softball player.

Teri grew up in Olathe, Kansas. A graduate of Olathe South High School, she earned a softball scholarship to play at Missouri Southern University. She was an upbeat, enthusiastic individual with a passion for helping others. That passion led her to a career in social work with the Johnson County Mental Health Center. In 2006, a water fountain was dedicated to the memory of Teri at the Johnson County Mental Health Crisis Recovery Center in Shawnee. A plaque was placed at the base of the fountain in her honor.

T-shirts at the event feature a purple ribbon representing violence awareness, gerber daisies (Teri’s favorite flower), and the saying "Teri Tough." “Teri Tough” is a saying that Matt Zenner, her husband, and Alayna Zenner, her step-daughter, used to characterize Teri’s spirit and can-do attitude.

Information and registration forms are available for the Teri Mathis Zenner 5K Run/Walk at http://mentalhealth.jocogov.org/htpages/zenner.shtml. Contributions and orders for wrist bands can be sent to the Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation, PO Box 3471, Shawnee, KS 66203

Contact Person: Robert Thompson, Teri Mathis Zenner Foundation for the Advancement of Social Welfare Mobile Phone Number: 913-488-0883 Office Phone Number: 913-631-7700 FAX Number: 913-631-8080 Email Address: rwt2ks@yahoo.com Organization Website URL: http://mentalhealth.jocogov.org/htpages/zenner.shtml Online Registration (CLOSED): www.enter2run.com or active.com

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