Back the Blue 5K for Shell Lake Police Foundation


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The Shell Lake Police Foundation was created in 2017. The goal of the Shell Lake Police Foundation is multifaceted, but serves two main functions: to generate money that is specifically dedicated to the Shell Lake Police Department and to promote the Shell Lake Police Department by way of events and activities for the Department to be more involved with the community.

To achieve the first goal, people or organizations can now donate to the Foundation and money will actually go to the police department. Whereas before, the money would go to the City of Shell Lake because the police department is not allowed to take donations of any kind. Most times, the money donated with the intent to go to the police department, would never make it to them.

The second goal, to promote the Shell Lake Police Department by way of events and activities for the department to be more involved with the community, is exactly what they are doing by hosting the inaugural Back the Blue 5K. The community is encouraged to participate in several ways such as registering for the event to run/walk, becoming a sponsor by donating items needed for the race or by being a cash sponsor, volunteering at the race or by donating.

The final goal of the Foundation is to put names and faces to those wearing the badge of the Shell Lake Police Department. We encourage you to come to the race and get to know the people who protect you every day. If you can't make it, please donate to help get much needed equipment for the Shell Lake Police Department.



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Project FAQ

Q: Who is Back the Blue 5K?
A: Back The Blue 5K is a community building event hosted by current, and retired law enforcement, their families, and supporters. Our mission is to function as a host for civil engagement and to bring communities together in support of their local law enforcement agency or group.

Q: Who benefits from this campaign?
A: Shell Lake Police Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization whose mission ois to offer financial assistance to further the SLPD’s goals of maintaining a safe city, engaging community, providing effective enforcement, enhancing youth programming and promoting officer safety.

Q: How much of the fundraising goes to Shell Lake Police Foundation?
A: 100% of this campaign goes to the Foundation. In addition, they will receive a portion of every registration for the Back the Blue 5K before event expenses as well as event sponsorships.

Q: How do I register for the Back the Blue 5K?
A: You can register at

Q: When is Back the Blue 5K in Shell Lake, WI?
A: June 9, 2018 at Shell Lake Municipal Campground. The 5K is at 8 am. A one mile fun run will follow.

Q: Are sponsorships available?
A: Yes, cash sponsorships are available starting at $250. You can also donate items in-kind such as tables and chairs and other items.

Q: Who do I contact for a sponsorship?
A: You can send an email to

Q: If I have general race or fundraising questions, who can I contact?
A: Please email the event director at