News and Tribune

December 17, 2013

SWEATY SHEEP: Concert, 5k to help put shoes on homeless

Thursday, Sunday events set

By CHRIS MORRIS
chris.morris@newsandtribune.com

LOUISVILLE — Enjoy having fun while helping others? If so, this is your week.

Sweaty Sheep Ministry will host a pair of events to raise money to help put new shoes on homeless individuals in the area. A concert at Headliners is Thursday, Dec. 19, while the second annual Eggnog 5k is Sunday, Dec. 22. Money raised from both events will go toward the purchase of new shoes.

“People can do good things through their passions,” said Ryan Althaus, founder of Sweaty Sheep Ministry and organizer of the upcoming concert and 5k. “People can go out and have fun, but at the same time help people.”

The fundraiser is broken into two parts this week, the concert and the race.

For $10, patrons can enjoy comedy from Frank Morris and music from JD Shelburne and Danny Flanigan. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Thursday at Headliners in Louisville.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the second annual Eggnog 5k will take off near the Belle of Louisville and follow a course near Waterfront Park. Four local running stores, Pacers & Racers, Fleet Feet, Swags Sports Shoes and Ken Combs Running Store will all be present to fit homeless with shoes. Entry fee is only $10 for the 5k.

A twist to the race at each mile runners will be able to stop and chug eggnog — if their stomachs will allow for it, Althaus said, laughing.

Althaus hopes to raise up to $7,000 from both events. He said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to put shoes on the homeless.

“We are really excited about it,” Althaus said. “The concert should be a lot of fun.”

The ministry is also in need of gently used running shoes, sleeping bags, fitness attire and hygiene products which will be handled out to homeless and distributed to local shelters. Items can be dropped off at Headliners on the night of the show.

For $75, patrons can enjoy a VIP experience which includes the concert, free drinks at the show and race entry fee.

In a news release, Althaus sates the motto of Sweaty Sheep outreach ministry is “Re-creation through Recreation and a passion to break down denominational, social, economic, racial, religious and ethical barriers through sweat.”

For more information on the concert, race or ministry, contact Althaus at 443-223-7334 or go to www.sweatysheep.com.