PARSONS – The 15th annual Run For It event distributed over $ 258,000 to local charities – though this year’s event is taking place virtually online.
Over 1,065 people attended this year’s event, presented by the Tucker Community Foundation, representing 81 community causes.
The more than $ 258,000 will be distributed to local charities throughout the foundation’s region, which includes Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in West Virginia. Maryland.
“This year we had 81 organizations who signed up as a team for this fantastic event”, Jeff Fellers, director of development for Run For It, said. “Rather than groups asking for money for support, these groups engage with communities and ask other people to walk, run and fundraise for their causes.”
Mike Moore, Executive Director of the Tucker Community Foundation, thanked the many volunteers, as well as the team captains, for the success of the event.
“I have to give the team captains credit for rallying so much support for their organizations”, Moore said. âThey work hard to raise money for team referrals that they can leverage for rewards.
âWe also have David Cooper, Rachelle Davis, Chris Boyce, Anne Wardell, Skyler Roberts and Kelly Stadelman on our Run For It committee who freely volunteer their time to help with the event. We couldn’t do it without them and all of their hard work.
David Cooper, Chairman of the Board of the Tucker Community Foundation, welcomed and presented money to the winning teams at a virtual zoom awards ceremony. Bob Boone of the McDonough Foundation also helped, which distributed $ 25,000 to charities. Mineral County Commissioner Richard Lechliter distributed $ 1,000 to the Mineral County teams.
The best prices included the best team effort. First place went to YouthBuild North Central WV, second place to Challenged Athletes of WV, third place to WV Caring, fourth place to Appalachian Expeditions, fifth place to Garrett Mentors, sixth place to Freedom Marchers, seventh place at Philippi Public Library Bookworms, eighth place at Elkins Bookhounds, ninth place at Barbour County Team Health and 10th place at Randolph Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center.
For most funds raised, first place went to Garrett Mentors, second place to Challenged Athletes of WV, third place to St. George Academy Preservation, fourth place to YouthBuild North Central WV, fifth place to West Virginia Caring and sixth place to Travis Phillip Moreland Foundation.
New this year was a team photo / collage award category, which led to many submissions. Prizes for this category included first place at Randolph County Climb, Inc., second place at Challenged Athletes of WV, third place at St. George Academy Preservation, fourth place at Running for Rotary, fifth place at Elkins Bookhounds , sixth place at New Vision, and seventh place at Garrett Mentors.
Moore said team award totals will be counted and distributed to teams by mid-November. For a full list of prizes, distribution and a video of the virtual awards ceremony results, visit www.tuckerfoundation.net/race-results/
Main sponsors of Run For It include: St. George Medical Clinic, Mettiki Coal WV, Citizens Bank of WV, Grant County Bank, Cortland Acres, Tucker County Commission, Pocahontas County Commission, Randolph County Commission, Barbour County Commission, Preston County Commission , Grant County Commission, Garrett County Commission, County Minerals Commission, Mike Ross, Inc., PCM Industries, Davis Health System, Best of Canaan, State Farm-Bob Gutshall, GJ Garton Insurance, Preston-Taylor Health Services , Hinkle-Fenner Funeral Home, Edward Jones Investment-Chris Fry, Davis Dental, Miners & Merchants, Canaan Valley Lawn & Landscape, Mountaintop Realty, Boyce Household, Landis Realty, White Grass, Fargo Insurance Group, Blackwater Outdoor Adventures, Hinchcliff, Hanlon Household and Vernon Household.
Since its launch in 2007, Run For It has exceeded $ 2.5 million in revenue and has been distributed to charities throughout the Foundation’s service area.
The 16th annual Run for It event is scheduled for September 24, 2022.