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Dash for the Beads is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that donates its proceeds
 to local area schools to help promote healthy eating and physical activity for our grade school children. Area schools 
will be eligible to apply for grants to encourage kids to stay in motion and learn about and practice behavior 
that leads to a healthy lifestyle.

Dash for the Beads is an annual 10k and 5k runs along with a 1 mile walk that coincides with Mardi Gras so come out and Laissez les bons temps rouler!  (To any Mardi Gras rookies that is Cajun for “Let the good times roll”).

Each year we award an envious trophy for the winner of the chip-timed 5K
 event! Come join an event that has become a neighborhood tradition, benefiting neighborhood schools.

The DASH initiative was founded in 2009 by “Cliff Dwellers” Chad West and David Sassano as a way to raise money for
 Oak Cliff organizations. Please review our Mission Statement below. Monetary donations from those not able to participate are 
welcome and can be processed through our website.

The DASH event committee is always seeking sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who would like to participate in this 
worthwhile event, please contact us at here for more information.

The 2022 Dash for the Beads Committee

Dash Chair:  Chris Moffett

Event Chair:  Charles Soechting

Sponsorship: Shelly Morgan

Festival Leaders:  Ben Orr

Marketing:  Vicky Gouge

Grants: Harriet Boorhem

Race Route/Volunteers: Kyle Wick/Ron Incerta

Permits: Sam Vachon

Community Liason: Benny Guzman

Registration: Tish Thompson

See our event video below Approved


All Dash for the Beads activities provide funds for Dallas-area schools and non-profits to promote physical fitness, healthy eating and arts programming.

We accomplish our mission by:

  1. Raising funds annually for Oak Cliff schools and non-profits that serve children through The Dash for the Beads 5K, 10K, and fun run race event, as well as, Last Bag Standing and Friends of the Dash.
  2. Requesting grant proposals annually from Oak Cliff schools and non-profits that offer physical fitness, healthy eating, and arts programming for children.
  3. Carefully reviewing and scoring grant applications to ensure Dash for the Beads is a good steward of raised funds to be distributed.
  4. Awarding grant funds to Oak Cliff schools and non-profits based upon the Grant Review Process.
  5. Diligently following up with Awardees to ensure grant funds are spent as requested and all necessary grant reporting is completed and in order.

How Your Participation Has Helped

Over $27,000 in FREE entries given to approx. 675 DISD school kids (over the past 3 years).

Donations awarded: $325,000 (since 2014)

Donations have been awarded to 34 different organizations (since 2014).