Fundraising bar hop at CHHIPS Trot ’N Brew
On Saturday in the Heights area of Hazleton, dozens of people turned up for the 35th annual CHHIPS Trot ’N Brew fundraiser in memory of Rocco Colangelo.
Runners and walkers alike strolled through the streets from bar to bar for 1.5 miles to raise money for this event.
Each person who participated in the race stopped at each participating bar — Bunkers, The Battered Mug and Joyce and Bill’s — bought a 5-ounce glass of beer or soda for 25 cents.
CHHIPS, the Committee to Help Handicapped Infants and Parents Succeed, is a local nonprofit organization that acquires funds for infant stimulation programs, which helps infants that have a disabling condition gain their full potential.
Trot ’N Brew is one of the major fundraisers CHHIPS has held over the years.
In the last 15 to 20 years the event has raised $80,000 to $100,000 for CHHIPS, according to organizers. Saturday’s event was expected to raise more than $5,000.
The number of participants has varied over the years, usually from 250 to 350 people. The highest number was about 550 people.
Race participants start running at Bunkers for the CHHIPS Trot ’N Brew on Saturday in Hazleton.
Walkers and runners go past Bunkers during Saturday’s CHHIPS Trot and Brew.