One of the goals in the Run/Walk is to encourage the community to come together and get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. The second goal is to help raise money which will be divided between two separate funds:

• Jon Callaghan Memorial Fund
• Gurnee Community Church Youth Work Camp

Jon Callaghan was a student at O’Plaine School in Gurnee, who passed away in 1997
after a courageous battle with Neuroblastoma cancer. Per the Callaghan family,
the funds raised have been used to help University of Chicago Neuroblastoma Cancer Research,School District 56 Program for Learning Disabled, and many others.

Each year the Gurnee Community Church Youth Mission Trip participants raise funds for international and domestic trips including the Many Hands Project (MHP). The MHP serves underprivileged Lake County homeowners by doing home repairs and yard work and building wheel chair ramps and beds.