Photography by Danielle Beebe-Iske, Andee Hoig and Roger Humphries
Name of Organization: OPPD
Event Name: 2023 Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth
When: March 4, 2023
Where: Aksarben Village, Zone 6, 67th & Center St., Omaha
Why: Omaha Public Power District and Metropolitan Utilities District co-hosted their 16th annual Heat the Streets Run & Walk. The event raises money for assistance programs that help customers and families in need pay their utility bills. Since its inception, Heat the Streets has raised more than $1.5 million for utility assistance programs.
Special Guests: This year’s co-chairs were Gwen Howard, a member of the M.U.D. Board of Directors, and her daughter, Sara Howard, a member of the OPPD Board of Directors.
Attendance: 911 participants (not including volunteers)
Amount Raised: $138,000 (preliminary figure)
Mission: M.U.D.’s Mission: Provide safe, reliable and cost-effective natural gas and water services to our community, OPPD’s Mission: Provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers.
For more information: (531) 226-3592, www.HeatTheStreetsOmaha.org
Sponsors: Lozier, Tenaska, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Nebraska, HDR, Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District, Northern Natural Gas, Buildertrend, CHI Health, Inner Rail, Aksarben Village, Metropolitan Community College, metroMagazine, NextEra Energy Resources, Roloff Construction, Wright Tree Service, United Healthcare. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit: https://www.heatthestreetsomaha.org/Race/Sponsors/NE/Omaha/heatthestreets
Event Summary: The 16th annual Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth, hosted by Omaha Public Power District and Metropolitan Utilities District, took place Saturday, March 4. Preliminary figures show the event raised $138,000 for utility assistance programs, to help customers struggling to pay their bills. Only last year’s event raised more money, $150,000, in the history of this event. A record 911 runners and walkers took part this year.