October 11, 2011 The Preston Journal

The Aurora Project Team, Team Preston County Humane Society, and the Aurora Mt. Lions turned out to show their support and raise funds for causes serving their communities at the recent Tucker Community Foundation Run For It event.

Returning for their second campaign, The Aurora Mountain Lions walked in memory of Dr. Joyce Colbert and donated race proceeds to an endowed fund established in her memory.  The Joyce Colbert Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships to students from Preston, Tucker or Garrett Counties pursuing studies in veterinary medicine. The Colbert Fund is managed by the Foundation.  Dee Douglas served as team captain.

Under the direction of Dana Rexroad, the Preston County Humane Society team raised awareness and support for a spay-neuter program and “Kind News”, an animal welfare educational publication that is provided to Preston County Elementary School Classrooms.  The team won the $1,000 Best of Preston County award; combined with entry fees and sponsor donations the team netted $2,070 for the independent, nonprofit organization. 

The Aurora Project team, led by Team Captain and the fastest runner on course, Luke Fleischman captured $1,430 for the artist-in-residency program. 

Twenty four teams and numerous individuals representing other causes competed for more than $35,000 in cash awards to donate to a variety of community causes. Run For It 2011 generated more than $90,000 for the 24 teams and many other causes represented on race day, making it the most successful race since the event started in 2007.  The annual program kicks off April 1 and culminates with a 2k/5k walk and run held the last weekend in September during Leaf Peepers Festival in Davis.  Race proceeds benefit nonprofits and charitable causes in the region served by Tucker Community Foundation.  For more information, contact the Foundation office at 304-478-2930 or visit www.tuckerfoundation.net

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