NC class of 2017 raises money at Blue Dress Run
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.
North Caroline High students race down the football field on Saturday, April 1, in the school’s inaugural Blue Dress Run.
Hannah Wilkins and Ginger Danser take a tumble during the tug-of-war at the North Caroline High School Blue Dress Run April 1.