October 10, 2011 InterMountain The Dewey Dashers, representing Tygart Valley Community Library in Mill Creek and Team Pioneer, representing the Pioneer Memorial Public Library in Harman, represented Randolph county teams that turned out in full force for the recent Tucker Community Foundation Run For It event to show their support and raise funds for public libraries serving their communities.
Team Pioneer, led by Team Captain Stacy McKean, walked away with the day’s top honor winning the $3,000 First Place award for the Team Raising the Most $$ Overall. The award is based on the amount of sponsor support the team is able to generate. This year the team raised an impressive $14,385! Other Team Pioneer awards included: Kylie Teter, $500 First to Finish 2k Walk Youth Female, $1,000 Best Effort First Runner Up, and $1,000 Best of Randolph County team.
As a result of their successful campaign and race, Team Pioneer will have $19,985 in Run For It proceeds to donate to the library. Pioneer Memorial Public Library has been active in the Foundation program since it started in 2007, generating proceeds that now exceed $40,000 to support expansion of library programs and services.
Dewey Dashers debuted at the 2010 race and came back stronger in 2011. Arriving by bus, the 20 member team led by Team Captain Sharon Mallow captured a $300 Honorable Mention award for Best Effort.
Twenty four teams competed for more than $35,000 in cash awards to donate to their community cause. Race proceeds consisting of entry fees, sponsor donations and cash awards totaled more than $43,000 for seven libraries from three counties. The benefit of those funds has the potential to double if used for matching grants.
This year’s Run For It generated more than $90,000 for the 24 teams and many other causes represented on race day. 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.