Mary Beth Owen

In 1989, the Evansville advertising agency owned by Mary-Beth Owen and her husband was contracted to do promotional work for the first Komen Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. The Owen company continued doing work for Komen races and in 1996, after six years of involvement in an event she’s never seen, Owen decided to run in the race in Washington, D.C. Impressed with the experience, Owen decided to bring the event to Evansville. It has turned into one of this community’s major annual events, consistency boasts up to 19,000 participants each year, and raises thousands of dollars for research and services for area breast cancer patients.