5K run/walk to ben­e­fit dis­abled chil­dren

Church has raised $150,000 over the years for char­i­ties

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mon­ica Sager msager@pottsmerc.com

GIL­BERTSVILLE » New Hanover United Methodist Church will be host­ing its 18th an­nual 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run/walk on Aug. 11.

For the first time, the “If You Build It, They Will Run” is “part­ner­ing with New Hanover Town­ship Parks & Re­cre­ation Depart­ment and in­cor­po­rat­ing the Swamp Creek Park as part of the course, which is just off of Reif­s­ny­der Road,” Race Di­rec­tor Keith Mow­ery wrote in an email.

The race starts at 2211 Swamp Pike, Gil­bertsville. It goes out to Swamp Creek Park, con­tin­ues through the park, and fin­ishes back in the New Hanover UMC park­ing lot, ac­cord­ing to Mow­ery.

“We have raised over $150,000 over the race his­tory in to­tal and do­nated to var­i­ous char­i­ties,” Mow­ery said.

Pro­ceeds from this event will ben­e­fit Happy 2 Be Home.

Happy 2 Be Home en­ables “fam­i­lies to pro­vide a suit­able home en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren with chronic, long term, mul­ti­ple dis­abil­i­ties to en­hance their qual­ity of life,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has in­stalled wheelchair lifts, gen­er­a­tors, mod­i­fi­ca­tions to bed­rooms, as well as bath­rooms in the past.

In 2010, the race raised money for the Wen­del fam­ily, whose daugh­ter Char­lotte was hos­pi­tal­ized,” Mow­ery said.

Su­san Wen­del ap­proached the New Hanover United Methodist Church con­gre­ga­tion and re­quested that the money left­over that was raised for her fam­ily to be moved to an­other fam­ily in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­dent and Co-founder of Happy 2 Be

Home Scott Ham­rick.

“I sat there and thought if this church has this many kids … how many fam­i­lies out there are af­fected by this sit­u­a­tion?” Ham­rick said.

Since Happy 2 Be Home’s con­cep­tion in 2011, the 5K has al­ways sup­ported that char­ity, ac­cord­ing to Mow­ery and Ham­rick.

“We would not be in ex­is­tence with­out the 5K,” Ham­rick said. “They were our ini­tial fund­ing … We could not be where we are to­day and have helped the peo­ple we have to­day with­out the 5K and its vol­un­teers.”

Happy 2 Be Home has helped over 35 fam­i­lies so far, Ham­rick said.

“It’s an amaz­ing gift to be able to go up to some­one and say I’m here to help,” Ham­rick said. “We

can’t change the prog­no­sis $20 for the one-mile fun of the chil­dren, but we run/walk. can take away some of the Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at stress.” 7:15 a.m., and the 5K race/

To reg­is­ter, visit http:// walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The www.ac­tive.com/gil­bertsville-pa/run­ning/dis­tancerun­ning-races/5k-if-youbuild-it-they-will-run-2018. one-mile fun run/walk be­gins at 8:35 a.m. Prizes will be handed out for the top three It costs $25 for the 5K run times for males and fe­males and $15 for the one-mile in 11 dif­fer­ent age fun run/walk. The pre-reg­is­tra­tion group cat­e­gories, Mow­ery dis­count ends on said. There will also be a Aug. 5. top male and top fe­male

Same day reg­is­tra­tion is award. ac­cepted as well. Prices rise The event will be held to $30 for the 5K run and rain or shine.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS – DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA

Guest speaker Ab­dul­lah Steed speaks with the com­mu­nity at the Stop the Drugs Stop the Vi­o­lence Cru­sade at River­front Park on Satur­day about his time in prison and how prayer helped him through that time.

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