20 Years! You Did It! After 20 years of the Jason M. Baker Beyond the Badge 5K Run/Walk, we find that it is time to bring the event to a close. This was a very difficult choice for our family. Age, health, and other factors have gone into this decision. We tried meeting with other organizations that were interested in continuing the event, but we felt it would lose some of the character and the primary mission of honoring “Those that have served, Those that are serving, & Those that will serve,” as well as “Never Forgetting” the survivors left behind! See the list of great achievements over the past 20 years below.
Do not despair though. Your support over the last 20 years have allowed us to establish the scholarships for future generations in perpetuity! The Jason Baker Foundation, Inc., which provides the scholarships, is not going away, and will continue to invest in students and the next generation of public safety workers. We will keep the website updated, and we will maintain the scholarship recipients’ profiles. Also, we encourage you to continue to support the organization by donating money annually or whenever you can. You can make the Jason Baker Scholarship Foundation a part of your annual giving by visiting our website. Also, some of you may want to visit Crown Hill Cemetery on a Sunday morning in mid September, walk the beautiful grounds on your own, remember all the Beyond the Badge 5Ks of the past, and donate your usual entry fees at that time. Who knows, you might even run into Jerry Baker and/or others doing the same thing.
Our website will keep you up to date on the scholarship and its recipients, and you can also donate through the Donations page. Continue to follow our social media pages as well. The Jason Baker Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Here is what was accomplished over the past 20 years:
- Provided scholarship assistance for 134 semesters of college ($4,000 per semester). That equates to 67 college years of education for our next generation officers!
- Awarded renewable scholarships to 26 students seeking degrees in a criminal justice field!
- Recognized & honored all the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty each year!
- Recognized, honored & thanked the families of officers who were killed in the line of duty!
- Raised awareness & recognition of the commitment necessary to serve in public safety today by including our scholarship recipients in the program, having the IMPD Academy class & the ISP Academy classes of recruits participate annually in the event.
A final note. We will miss all of you.
Thank You for NEVER FORGETTING.
Please be well. We love you all.