Austin Runnings store’s “Paint the Town Pink” donation

Austin Runnings store manager Everett Hackensmith presents a $1,493 donation Friday to Paint the Town Pink director Kathi Finley to support The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota’s cutting-edge breast cancer research. Also pictured (left to right) are Runnings team members Mike Aanonson, Nicki Griffith and Diane Whipple.

Runnings raised the funds through the Austin store’s 2nd annual “Ladies Night Out” event Oct. 21 that drew about 500 people. For the 2015 PTTP, the Austin Runnings store donated nearly $1,500 overall from fundraising efforts in October and February.

The 2016 PTTP initiative has events throughout the year in Austin and numerous other communities but officially will run from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14, with a fundraising goal of $200,000 overall.