CCEDF holds inaugural event
Dress Up & Dash 5K Run/Walk benefits education and training programming for youth and adults
More than 130 community members joined the The Industry Partnerships (IPs) of the Chester County Economic Development Foundation (CCEDF) in Eagleview Town Center for the first annual Dress Up & Dash 5K Run/Walk.
Festivities at the venue included sponsor exhibit tables, childrens’ activities, and a visit from the Phillie Phanatic.
Attendees also had the chance to enter to win five different raffle baskets as well as participate in a 50/50 raffle.
The 5K start/finish line was located in front of the Brickside Grille in the Eagleview Town Center. From there, runners/ walkers winded through the neighborhoods and office complexes of the Eagleview Corporate Center. In addition to the 5K, this event offered the opportunity for children ages 12 and under to compete in a 1-mile fun run as well as a Tot Trot for children ages 3-5.
Overall male and female 5K runners, Chris Nocera and Kellie Melleady, were awarded with a $100 cash prize each; second place overall male and female runners, Mike Padilla and Audrey Fatone, were awarded $50 each. Medals were awarded to the top male/female winners in eight age groups, ranging from 12 and under to 70 and over. Since the “Dress Up & Dash” welcomed participants to wear Halloween costumes, there was also a costume contest with winners awarded in three categories – funniest, most creative, and best group.
Mike Grigalonis, executive vice president and COO for CCEDF, served as the event emcee and expressed gratitude on behalf of the organization.
“We are thrilled with the success of this inaugural event and grateful to the many sponsors, volunteers and runners who participated,” he said.
The CCEDF thanked all of its sponsors: Bright Horizons, USSC Group, RE/ MAX Professional Realty, Home Advisor, Frecon Farms, Growing Roots, Smedley Orthodontics, Clover Farms, Wick’s Ski and Sport, Monkey Fish Toys, Kimberton Whole Foods, Gauker Farms, and TABB Management. The CCEDF also thanked the Chester County Running Store and Hankin Group as well as the many volunteers who helped to make this event possible.
Proceeds benefited the CCEDF, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which operates educational and training programming for youth and adults.
CCEDF Executive Vice President and COO Mike Grigalonis (front right) with the Phillie Phanatic and representatives from USSC Group. Grigalonis served as the emcee and said, “We are thrilled with the success of this inaugural event and grateful to the many sponsors, volunteers and runners who participated.”