PASCAGOULA, Miss.—Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE: HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division raised a record-breaking $18,000 for Special Olympics of Mississippi at the company’s sixth annual “5K on the Causeway,” held Saturday on Singing River Island.
“We had an exceptional turnout this year with over 900 participants,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president of human resources and administration. “This is the sixth 5k we’ve hosted, and our employees, as well as the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast community, have been consistent in their unwavering support of Special Olympics of Mississippi. Breaking our previous record of $15,000 shows that the goals we’ve set for this event are still as important as ever.”
More than 900 runners registered and participated in the 2017 race. This year’s top overall male runner was Josh Pittman, and the top overall female runner was Jane Thibodeaux. Jeremy Miller was the top male shipbuilder, and Melissa Brown was the top female shipbuilder. Each 5K winner received a medal hand-designed by Special Olympics athletes. After the race, many participants and their families stayed on Singing River Island for live music, free food provided by local vendors, and kids’ activities.
Earlier this year, Ingalls donated $5,000 to athletes at the 2017 Special Olympics of Mississippi Summer Games, which was held at Keesler Air Force Base.
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: