Grant County Teams Raise Support

Front Left to Right:  Angela Willis, Reece Sites, Maggie Whetzel; Row 2: Ryen Sites, Klarissa Kuhn, Nellie Whetzel;
Back row: Darlene Willis Yokum, Tonya Berg-Whetzel, Nick Kite

 

October 26, 2017 – Team Grant County for a Healthier Tomorrow was the top fundraiser among the five Grant County teams participating in this year’s Run For It event.  The 2k walk and 5k race was held Sept. 23 in Davis and generated a record breaking $287,873 for community causes throughout an eight county region.

Tonya Berg-Whetzel, team captain, was proud of the effort put forth by the youth on her team.  This was their first time participating in the program and they ended the day with $1,675. A team member stated, “we are donating this to Grant County Hospital for their courtyard because the families need that space when loved ones are ill”. After the race, team members were already planning for next year’s race and talking about starting a scholarship for nurses or therapists because they “help people”.

Race proceeds are generated through entry fees, team sponsor donations, and race day awards. Team members spent a morning going around to local businesses in Petersburg and reported “fantastic support”.   In addition to raising $465 from team sponsors, the team won $1,150 in race day awards that included Best New Team (2nd Place), a Grant County Commission Award, and a Bernard McDonough Foundation Award.   

Oak Dale Church of the Brethren is the only Grant County team to have participated in previous races.  Team captain Dorothy Fridley and team members helped to raise $755 to help offset travel expenses for a youth activity. In addition to a Grant County Commission Award, Katelyn Bernard won $100 Luck of the Draw; Dustin Fridley won $125 for 3rd place in the Youth Male 2k Walk; and the team placed 4th for Best Team T-shirt ($100). 

Petersburg Elementary PTO, led by Sara Treat, had the largest team from the county with eighteen team members registered.  Team awards included:  Nicolas Ramirez-Rodiles who won 2nd place in the 5k male division ages 11-14 ($100), a $250 Bernard McDonough Foundation award, and a Grant County Commission Award.  All race proceeds are donated to the teams cause.

Newcomers to the program, Team Grant County 4-H, raised $560 for programming, projects, camps and fairs.  Team Captain Alexandra Coffman and her seven member team won a Grant County Commission Award and a Bernard McDonough Foundation Award.

Team Dobbin, under the direction of Randy Barr, raised support and awareness for Town of Dobbin historical preservation efforts.  The team won 3rd place ($100) for Best Team T-Shirt and a Grant County Commission Award.  

The number of racers and teams from Grant County was the largest in the programs eleven year history due in large part to the support of the Grant County Commission whose donation motivated participation and helped leverage additional support to benefit the county. 

Run For It is a program of the Tucker Community Foundation.  To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.tuckerfoundation.net or call 304.259.5008. For up to date information on Run For It join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tourofdavisrunforit.

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