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Thanks for making Run Fast Winged 5K a success

To the editor:

The third annual Run Fast Winged 5K was held on Aug. 19, 2017, at Memorial Park to benefit the Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship. In addition to the 5K run, there was a 1.2 mile walk that welcomed dog walkers. Participants received a T-shirt and a goodie bag. Raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing and refreshments were enjoyed afterward.

The Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship awards $1,000 to a Salem High School graduating senior who portrays a “pay it forward lifestyle” through random acts of kindness. Past recipients of the award include Tyler Cosma, Cameron Clark, Anne Saltsman, Blake Veglia, Haedan Panezott, Zach Morris, Ashley Foster and Collin Zimmerman. They should all be commended for their part in helping to make the world a better place.

A special thank you goes out to all those who helped to make the Run Fast Winged 5K a success. Mike Senchack of Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation, Hunt Valve and Tiger Pack sponsored the event, as well as Annabell’s Restaurant, Byler Wolfe Lutsch and Kampfer CPAs, Care4Me Skilled LLC, Damascus Friends Church, Essential Vision Care, Kent State University, Stitch N Staple Upholstery, The Courtyard at Lexington, Timberlanes Complex and Williams and Associates.

Raffle baskets included Premium Cosmetics valued at $350 from Peebles of Salem and a Men’s Fragrance basket worth $250 from Macy’s of Southern Park Mall. Other raffles were donated by Advanced Auto Parts, Annabell’s Restaurant, Community Hospice, Donnell Ford, Essential Vision Care, Pure Pet, Salem Massotherapy, Stitch N Staple Upholstery, Timashamie Family Campground and Walmart of Salem, as well as our dedicated board members.

The goodie bags were nylon drawstring backpacks embossed with the Run Fast Winged 5K logo. They were filled with water bottles from The Courtyard of Lexington, Band-Aid dispensers from Salem Regional Medical Center, hand sanitizers from Alliance Community Hospital, Frisbees from Walgreens, key chains from Donnell Ford and Myers Family Insurance and Gift Certificates from Burtzland Outfitters and Timashamie Family Campground, as well as pens from Stitch N Staple Upholstery and granola bars by board member Debbie Leggett.

Refreshments included water donated by Giant Eagle, fruit by Walmart of Boardman and pretzels and M&Ms by Dustin’s Grandma, Alice Clark. Dog biscuits were also provided to our four-legged friends who attended the event. A huge thank you goes out to board members of the Dustin Huffman Memorial Scholarship and the other volunteers who selflessly gave of their time to work the 5K and the members of the DFC Celebrate Recovery 5K who provided the water station.

This year’s event closed with a release of Monarch Butterflies. Children were sent home with a chrysalis, to witness for themselves, the miracle of a Monarch emerging into the world.

MICHELLE HUFFMAN,

Salem

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