It finally happened — the marriage we have been waiting for. On April 1, Bank of the Sierra’s Rockin’ Resolution Run and Visalia Rescue Mission’s Run for Hope become one, as they proudly present the inaugural Rockin’ Run for Hope.

Both events happened to begin with a similar motivation. Run for Hope began in 2012 by Rob Brunell and Matt Dewry, two friends and avid runners who started Central Valley Roadrunners running group. They connected with John Tyler, a coworker and fellow runner. They felt they could use their running hobby as a springboard, creating a family-friendly fitness event with a fundraising element.

Bank of the Sierra began the Rockin’ Resolution Run from a desire to improve every community it is a part of, which has included Visalia since 1992 with their Main Street branch. With both their business and the event growing through their 4th Annual run on January 1, 2016, bank staff contacted VRM with a proposal to donate the successful event to them.

“Bank of the Sierra has fully supported the mission of the Visalia Rescue Mission, and was proud to contribute the proceeds from the Rockin’ Resolution Run to VRM each of the last three years,” stated Matt Hessler, SVP, Director of Marketing at Bank of the Sierra. “As the Resolution Run became more successful, we saw an opportunity to donate the entire run to VRM, in an effort to provide a proven and ongoing source of capital with the potential for exponential growth.”

“Visalia Rescue Mission exists because of a generous community, and businesses like Bank of the Sierra are such an asset to us, both in financial support and in creative collaborations,” said Ryan Stillwater, Director of Development.

For this first time, runners will be able to start teams of their own with friends, family, and coworkers, and set their own fundraising goals to support the Mission. “Whether a team raises $5 or $500, everyone can come together to walk or run in support of changed lives and restored families,” said Stillwater.

Another change over prior years is the time of the event. Participants will find themselves at Cutler Park next to St. John’s River around sunset, with the run beginning at 4:30 p.m and ending around 6 p.m. After working up an appetite, participants will be able to enjoy food and dessert from Quesadilla Gorilla’s food truck, Bite Me Donuts, and Cool Cow Scoops ice cream. Musical guest, Run River North, a sextet from Los Angeles, will take the stage to wrap up one rockin’ evening.

To register for the run and to create a team of your own, go to or call the Mission at 740-4178. Just want to see the band and leave your running shoes at home? You can do that, too.

For more information, contact VRM Development Coordinator, Jessica Rondon:
740-4178 ext. 210.