CCEDF holds in­au­gu­ral event

Dress Up & Dash 5K Run/Walk ben­e­fits ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing pro­gram­ming for youth and adults

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.”

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