MORA Receives $25, 000 from Allie Cat Run and Festival in Meridian

September 14, 2023

Organizers of the Sixth Annual Allie Cat Run and Festival presented Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) with a $25,000 check to help promote the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation in Mississippi on September 7, 2023 in Meridian. The event, held in March, raised $101,607, and all proceeds were donated to various nonprofit organizations, including MORA.

The Carruth family started this event in honor of their daughter, Allie, who became an organ and tissue donor following a tragic accident in March 2017. Out of their grief and loss, they conceived the idea to create an event that would keep Allie’s spirit alive and contribute to meaningful causes in the Meridian community.

“Each year not only are we able to continue to share the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, but we are also able give back to our community through our grant program with The Community Foundation of East Mississippi,” said Leslie Carruth, Allie’s Mom and co-founder of the Allie Cat Run and Festival. “The continued support from the Meridian community also allows us to keep Allie’s name alive.”

Kevin Stump, MORA’s President/CEO, expressed his gratitude for the significant donation. “The Carruth family has continuously and graciously supported MORA through their donations over the past six years. Their amazing support allows us to continue our mission of saving and healing lives through the gift of organ, eye, and tissue donation.”