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Run United Forsyth is Sunday
Playhouse project also kicks off
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Forsyth County News
At a glance

• Run United Forsyth begins with registration from 7 to 8:45 a.m. Sunday. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. For more information, contact: (770) 781-4110 or go online at

• Project Playhouse opens Saturday. Tours of the houses will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 10. Contact: (678) 755-1401 or go online at

• The Avenue Forsyth is on Peachtree Parkway, off Ga. 400’s Exit 13.

This weekend, a place where many people spend time and money will also be a place to give.

The Avenue Forsyth is the site of two community events: Project Playhouse on Saturday and Run United Forsyth on Sunday.

Run United includes a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run.

Ruth Goode, executive director of the United Way of Forsyth County, said the fundraiser is the first of its kind for the organization.

“We really just wanted to get out the message of United Way in the community, and we hope that this is a good family event,” she said. “People are coming from great distances to participate, so we’re really happy about that.”

Goode said nearly 400 people have registered and she’s expecting another 300 on Sunday.

Entry fees range from $10 for the fun run to $25 for the 5K. Awards will be given by age group. While the race will be competitive, Goode said the course was designed to be “not too tough.”

“We’re just looking for a great family event for everyone,” she said.

Cousins Properties, which developed the outdoor shopping center off Peachtree Parkway, has worked with United Way for several years, said retail center spokeswoman Megan Jurkovic.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” she said. “The goal in mind ultimately is to raise brand awareness for the Avenue and raise awareness that United Way is here and active and there are great ways to volunteer for the organization.”

This is first time Project Playhouse is being held in Forsyth County. The event, sponsored by HomeAid Atlanta, will feature three custom-built playhouses to be raffled off Oct. 10.

Each home is furnished by a professional interior designer.

This year’s playhouses feature a mountain lodge, nautical cottage and replica of Tech Tower, designed by a group of students from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s architecture college in partnership with Dovetail Homes.

All three playhouses will be displayed in the Playhouse Village near Coldwater Creek throughout the week. On weekends, volunteers will give tours to families who want to peek inside them.

Proceeds from raffle tickets go toward HomeAid Atlanta, which builds and maintains housing for temporarily homeless families and people in the metro Atlanta area.

Jurkovic said the $3 raffle tickets double as 20 percent off coupons at participating Avenue retailers.

“It’s an opportunity to come out and participate in a really fun, community-oriented event and then shop and get some great deals and discounts while you’re at it,” she said. “We feel it’s our opportunity to give back to our shoppers and to give back to the community who are so loyal to us.”