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Gainesville, Texas, September 22, 2020 – The North Texas Medical Center Foundation, Inc. today announced the difficult decision to cancel its annual Halloween Hustle due to the ongoing pandemic. Based on current public health information and state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Halloween Hustle scheduled for Saturday, October 31 cannot move forward as planned.

The decision was made with the support of the North Texas Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. The safety of participants, spectators, volunteers and the community at large is a top priority.

The Halloween Hustle is a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Race held on a USATF Certified Course.  The race features digital timing with results posted immediately following the race.  The race is held annually on the Saturday on or before Halloween.  It is the largest fundraiser the NTMC Foundation hosts each year.

About the NTMC Foundation, Inc.

One of the greatest rewards in life is the ability to help others. This is the belief of the North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) Foundation. The NTMC Foundation exists to assist NTMC in serving the community’s health care needs in the years to come. The foundation, established as the Gainesville Memorial Hospital Endowment Fund, was developed during the 1980s, when hospitals experienced severely reduced reimbursements on both the state and federal levels. It became essential to create an organization to handle donations to assist the hospital with purchases of needed equipment and funding of building and improvement projects, all of which are designed to offer the residents of Cooke County the best possible health care.

As a nonprofit corporation, the foundation is able to plan, direct and manage projects and activities designed to build a greater public understanding and increased philanthropic support of NTMC.

Kristi Rigsby