NC class of 2017 raises money at Blue Dress Run

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

RIDGELY — North Caro­line High class of 2017 re­cently raised more than $2,000 for the Caro­line Coun­sel­ing Cen­ter Ad­dic­tion Pro­gram at the in­au­gu­ral Blue Dress Run.

More than 300 par­tic­i­pants and sup­port­ers donned blue dresses at Bull­dog Sta­dium Satur­day, April 1, to ben­e­fit ad­dic­tions coun­sel­ing and sup­port ser­vices at the Caro­line Coun­sel­ing Cen­ter. Run­ners took to the foot­ball field and raced from end zone to end zone in their dresses. The event also fea­tured a Puppy Dash, for chil­dren 6 and un­der, Tutu Trot and High Heel Heat.

“It was great to see ev­ery­one come out for the event,” said North Caro­line High teacher and event co­or­di­na­tor An­gela Gar­rett. “The stu­dents wanted to do some­thing unique, and raise money to help peo­ple who are fight­ing ad­dic­tion. This was a great idea, and I’m proud of what they did for the com­mu­nity.”

Caro­line Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation and Parks Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Sue Sim­mons joined the fun, wear­ing a blue dress with a pi­rate out­fit.

“When you can gather peo­ple in honor of a cause that is greater than our­selves, it brings magic to the com­mu­nity,” Sim­mons said. “These stu­dents are well aware that peo­ple, who are fight­ing ad­dic­tion, need

the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

“This event shows how spe­cial these stu­dents are,” she said. “They want to make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place, and that is what they are do­ing with events like this.”

North Caro­line en­gi­neer­ing teacher Kevin Web­ster also joined the blue dress run.

“It great to par­tic­i­pate in such a unique event,” he said. “The stu­dents wanted to help the com­mu­nity, and this is a great way to get ev­ery­one out for a fun day.

“We get too se­ri­ous some­times,” he said. “The stu­dents do a great job of re­mind­ing us we need to have some more fun.”

The class of 2017 would like to specif­i­cally thank Prin­ci­pal Dr. Michael Smith for whole­heart­edly sup­port­ing the event, var­sity foot­ball coach James McCormick for al­low­ing the run on the foot­ball field, Sue Sim­mons for guid­ance through­out the process and ra­dio per­son­al­ity 94.3 WINX-FM ra­dio per­son­al­ity Mark Pot­ter for help­ing to spread the word.

The event was spon­sored by Caro­line County Re­cre­ation and Parks, the Blakely Fam­ily, Bayside Driv­ing School, Friends of Joe Ri­ley, State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Law Of­fices of Den­nis J. Fa­rina, Moore Fu­neral Home, Caro­line County Com­mis­sioner’s Of­fice and the North Caro­line Class of 2017 Lead­er­ship.

Prizes and gifts were do­nated by Kent Lib­erty Tat­too, 404 Tap­house, Mar­ket Street Pub­lic House, Harry’s on the Green, Rise Up Cof­fee, Ch­e­sa­peake YMCA, Bul­lock’s Deli, J. Crew, Pizza Em­pire, Bar­gain Bev­er­age, Sparkle Pools, Food Lion and The Gun­fa­ther.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line High stu­dents race down the foot­ball field on Satur­day, April 1, in the school’s in­au­gu­ral Blue Dress Run.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

Han­nah Wilkins and Gin­ger Danser take a tum­ble dur­ing the tug-of-war at the North Caro­line High School Blue Dress Run April 1.

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