Festival Park will be filled to capacity for Thursday’s Turkey Trot with hundreds already signing up for the Brownwood Pregnancy Care Center’s biggest annual fundraiser.

Although almost one hundred have already pre-registered for the Turkey Trot 5K and 2-mile walk, Brownwood Pregnancy Care Center Board Member Amy Seymour believes the more the merry for Thursday’s event and hopes to have runners signing up the day of the event.

“It’s been incredible. We surpassed last year and we’re not even to the day of it yet,” Seymour said. “It’s looking like it’s going to be bigger and better than last year so that’s great. We have almost 100 people and it’s great. It’s a 5K and 2-mile walk so it’s really something everyone in the family can do which makes it so much more fun.”

When The Bulletin first spoke with Seymour, the Turkey Trot only had a dozen runners signed up. With the Turkey Trot being the Brownwood Pregnancy Care Center’s primary fundraiser, she is thankful for those who come out and support because the center receives no government funding.

 “The Pregnancy Care Center receives no government funding at all,” said Amy Seymour, a volunteer board member with the Pregnancy Care Center. “We are solely a donor and grant-based non-profit. Any fundraiser that we do, which are not very many, goes directly to the operation of the Pregnancy Care Center here in Brownwood and the satellite centers we have.”

Seymour said the Brownwood Pregnancy Care Center offers services throughout a client’s pregnancy. From pregnancy testing, providing pre-natal vitamins education for soon-to-be mothers, Seymour said the Brownwood Pregnancy Center offers these services free of charge and all funds raised by the Turkey Trot go directly to providing those services.

“The Pregnancy Care Center’s main focus is to promote a culture of life throughout Brown County and the surrounding areas,” Seymour said. “We do that primarily through providing confidential pregnancy testing. All of our services are 100 percent free of charge. There will never be any services associated with that. We see clients coming in for a pregnancy test and, at that point, the client relationship can start if that test is positive.

“That woman could come back and we could see her throughout her pregnancy whether with educational videos, parenting videos, we pro ide pre-natal vitamins, parenting classes for both the mother and her partner … Our mission is to promote life by taking care of the mother and her child first and foremost and assisting anyway we can throughout that process.”

Mothers who regularly attend can accrue point, which they can trade in for items such as clothers, cribs, high-chairs and other items related to rearing newborns.

“A lot of these people have never heard of the pregnancy care center or are aware of what we do,” Seymour said. “It’s such a great event where they can come and have a great time - learn a little bit more about the center and meet some of our volunteers and staff. It’s just a really good time.

The 2018 Turkey Trot will take place at Festival Park, near Gordon Wood Stadium. The cost for early registration is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 2-mile walk and those who pre-register are guaranteed a free goodie bag and T-shirt. Awards wil be given for fastest time, based on age and gender, and largest group. Those looking to register may do so beginning at 7 a.m. For more information, or to pre-register, visit pccbrownood.com.