In an effort to help increase national awareness, break stigmas and raise funds for child and adolescent behavioral health research, Big Lots Foundation is presenting the Butterfly Run.
The event is debuting in Columbus on Saturday, Aug. 11, after premiering in Phoenix last fall.
The site for the run is Big Lots corporate headquarters, 4900 East Dublin-Granville Road, and there will be a 5K and Kids Fun Run. Check-in for both events is 7 a.m., and the 5K will begin at 8 a.m. Also available is the Butterfly Village, where families can participate in pre- and post-race activities.
"Serving everyone like family is at the heart of our mission," Tim Johnson, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer of Big Lots, said in a statement.
Proceeds from the Butterfly Run will benefit behavioral health research at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
In 2016, Big Lots and Big Lots Foundation announced a $50 million gift to construct the Nationwide Children's Hospital Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion.
Scheduled to open in 2020, the pavilion will be a freestanding facility dedicated to children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions. It will be one of the largest -- if not the largest -- behavioral-health treatment and research centers dedicated to children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus in the U.S.
"Dedicated and visionary partners like Big Lots are helping Nationwide Children's Hospital create a new era of understanding and compassion for families going through behavioral health challenges," Steve Testa, president, Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation, said in a statement. "We consistently strive to provide the very best care and innovative research and we cannot achieve these bold and important promises without the community's support and the generosity of Big Lots."
To register and for additional information, visit www.butterflyrun.org and select the Columbus location.