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Erika Hedalen, a manager in human resources at FCA and a member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) at FCA hands out medals to runners and walkers as they finish the “Taking Strides for Healthy Minds 5K Walk/Run” on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at FCA US vehicle test track in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Runners and walkers take over FCA US vehicle test track for the “Taking Strides for Healthy Minds 5K walk/run” on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. The event raises money for mental health services at the Ruth Ellis Center, an organization that provides short and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk LGBT youth.
AUBURN HILLS – FCA US held its first ever 5k fundraiser, “Taking Strides for Healthy Minds 5k Walk/Run,” Aug. 29 to benefit the Ruth Ellis Center and raised a total of $5,800 for REC.
Approximately 200 runners and walkers from all over the Detroit area took to the vehicle test track at FCA US headquarters to raise money for the Ruth Ellis Center’s mental health services, operations and Family Preservation and Acceptance program.
FCA US has been a longstanding supporter of the LGBTQ community. The company was a leader among U.S. employers in providing domestic partner benefits to its employees in 2000 and has achieved a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC Corporate Equality Index nine times. The company has also supported REC through its employee resource group, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at FCA US. GALA is one of six employee resource groups at the company that promote diversity and inclusion inside the company and in the community.