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Nature Ninjaa 5K Fundraiser in Williston

Solutionary Events is the coordinator of the Nature Ninja 5K, taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 27, at Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens in Williston. Event coordinator Jenna Bardroff says, “This eco-friendly adventure race features a 5K obstacle course challenge run/walk (appropriate for all ages and skill levels), as well as Eco-Friendly Adventure Day, a festival celebrating healthy, compassionate and eco-friendly living.”


Highlights include Earth-friendly vendors, vegan food, live music and entertainment, games and prizes, bumper balls and discounted botanical garden admission at Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens. Guests will enjoy breathtaking scenic views of more than 50 garden displays, cascading waterfalls and gorgeous lakes.


Solutionary Events is a Florida-based grassroots nonprofit coalition that introduces people to the benefits and accessibility of healthy, compassionate and eco-friendly lifestyles through a series of educational and mindful outreaches around the Sunshine State.


Solutionary Events was founded in January 2017 by a small group of dedicated volunteers passionate about creating a better world for people, animals and the environment. The initiative launched as a result of a $1,000 seed grant provided through The Pollination Project, which enabled the team to coordinate the first Solutionary Heroes Summer Camp in Williston.


“The camp was intended to educate youth about being solutionary heroes (being part of the world’s solutions with topics including animal rights, social justice, environmental protection and healthy living),” notes Bardroff. “Following the success of the summer camp, more volunteers became involved with Solutionary Events, leading to coordinating more events for all ages, including fairs and festivals, races and walks, film screenings, beach and park cleanups, workshops, school programs, and other educational outreaches.”


These volunteers have been responsible for reaching over a quarter million people that have visited or participated in events to learn how to positively change the world. They use fundraising events like Nature Ninja 5K to continue their work. The initiatives at Solutionary Events thrive on community support. Their growth and success has been a direct result of support exchanged through volunteers, sponsors, educators and community participants. The organization continues to evolve with the addition of new team members, ideas and community enthusiasm.


“If we don't start caring about the impact humans make on this planet we call home, we will have nothing left to care about,” says Bardroff. “Education and advocacy are the most powerful tools to enact positive, sustainable changes. Instead of taking into account what can happen if we don’t realize the magnitude of what it means to protect the planet, we believe in considering what could happen if we create a regenerative world on the basis of healthier lifestyle choices.”


Event location: 4990 NE 180 Ave., Williston. For more information, call 727-489-4497 or visit

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