The Bethesda Mud Run was established in 2012 as a signature fundraising event to support the programs and services provided by Bethesda Lutheran Services. All proceeds from this event go directly into the Bethesda Foundation for Children to provide support for the children and youth that come to us for assistance. Bethesda Foundation for Children is a subsidiary organization of Bethesda Children’s Home.

Bethesda Lutheran Services is a Christian ministry that provides superior behavioral and mental health services to children, youth, and families. Bethesda’s vision is to fulfill the social, emotional, spiritual, and Behavioral Health needs of children, families and individuals by providing an effective and efficient continuum of care in a quality focused environment. Bethesda’s intent is to be the recognized leader in providing quality managed programs and services with measurable, relevant outcomes and results.

Originally established in 1919 as an orphanage in Meadville, Pennsylvania by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, today Bethesda provides services to over 700 children, youth, and families on a daily basis. Bethesda operates facilities in Meadville and Erie, Pennsylvania.