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The Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation (EZMF), a 501(c) 3 non-profit charity, was created in 2012 to honor Eric “EZ” Zapata’s legacy as a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer, made the ultimate sacrifice during his course of duty on 04/18/11.

The EZ Memorial Foundation's mission is to provide an annual event that will Honor a Hero of the community and create funding for scholarships for individuals looking to enter law enforcement and those are already in their career.  Our major yearly event is the EZ5K run/walk held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College on the third Saturday of April.  Over 650 runners participate in this annual event.  

The Foundation is entirely funded by money collected from fundraisers and donations. We rely on the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses to continue providing support to the individuals with the dream and passion to become a Law Enforcement Officer.

The EZMF board recently agreed to further expand our mission to include training for officers. In 2014 we trained over 250 officers from throughout southwest Michigan, these trainings centered on survival.  In 2016 we provided world class training to approximately 150 local law enforcement officers. In 2016 we also proudly provided $2,000 to the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement Explorers Post for travel expenses needed for a national competition.   In 2017 we will underwrote the annual conference of the Michigan Tactical Officers Association.  This conference draws law enforcement officers from all of Michigan and provides both classroom and weapons training at local ranges.  Our financial commitment to this conference is $7,500.

In 2017, the foundation created a project called Tourniquets On Person or TOP whose goal is to train and equip area first responders with tourniquet holsters.  Placing holsters on the belts of first responders reduce the critical time required to apply a tourniquet when uncontrolled bleeding is encountered.  In 2017 we were able to trainer 57 tourniquet trainers and equip about 500 area first responders with tourniquet holsters at a total project cost of about $20,000.

In 2018 we are continuing to support the Great Lakes Law Enforcement Training Conference by providing $10,000 in scholarships to area officers.  We are also continuing our TOP project by providing tourniquet training, equipment, and advocacy.  100% of the monies that are raised by the Foundation stay in West Michigan. We are committed to giving back to the community that Eric served.

We have added a second run, scheduled for fall 2018, called the EZ Beer Mile.  This adult only event allows participants to combine their love of running and beer into a one mile experience.  Located at Boatyard Brewing Company this festive event was a big hit in 2017 and will continue this year.

Administrative costs are a small percentage of our annual operating budget. These costs are supporting the race; t-shirts, chip timing, awards, etc. There are no paid positions on the foundation board, just driven individuals.

The Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation believes that the race provides an opportunity for the community to advance their overall personal health and wellness. We are proud of the collaboration that the many entities show in preparing for and putting on the race. Well over twenty organizations/businesses work with the EZMF in putting on the race!!

We encourage businesses throughout the community to sponsor their employees in the race. We offer discount codes to businesses, softball leagues and police departments that allow these businesses to invest in the health of their employees by reducing the entry fee through the corporate sponsorship.

We recognize all our corporate partners in many ways. Corporate logo is displayed on banners, race programs, entry forms, our website and on the back of the race t-shirt.

We at the EZMF believe that a partnership with the EZ Memorial Run is an investment in the future, the future of Law Enforcement, the career that PSO Eric Zapata dearly loved. We thank you for your support and for making a difference.

David Moran

Eric Zapata Memorial Foundation

P.O. Box 19706

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49019

Check us out at www.EZ5K.org or on FaceBook

Attached you will find a Corporate Sponsor Form detailing the sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Questions:  Call Craig Stouffer 269-365-6142 or Craig@CraigStouffer.com

NEW for 2018:EZ Beer Mile Option

CORPORATE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES                               

Gold Sponsor                         $2,500 or $3,000 both events (EZ5K and EZ Beer Mile)*

BENEFITS:                           Large corporate logo on race shirt

                                                Corporate logo and name placed run bibs

                                                Spotlight on EZ5K.Org web page

                                                Display of corporate banner (Supplied by you)

                                                4 yard signs with you logo placed on running route

                                                Your supplied advertising placed in race bags

                                               

Silver Sponsor                         $1,000 or $1,200 both events (EZ5K and EZ Beer Mile)*

BENEFITS:                           Large corporate logo on top of race shirt

                                                Spotlight on donation thank you letters

                                                Spotlight on EZ5K.Org web page

                                                2 yard signs with you logo placed on running route

                                                Your supplied advertising placed in race bags

                                               

Bronze Sponsor                       $500 or $600 Both Events (EZ5K and EZ Beer Mile)*

BENEFITS:                            Corporate logo on race shirt

                                                Spotlight on EZ5K.Org web page

                                                Your supplied advertising placed in race bags

                                               

Affiliate Sponsor                    $250 or $300 Both Events (EZ5K and EZ Beer Mile)*

BENEFITS:                            Corporate name on race shirt

                                                                              Spotlight on EZ5K.Org web page

                                                                              Your supplied advertising placed in race bags

*Sponsorship of both events adds your logo to the EZ Mile run shirt and banner.

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