Ja­cob Karn­chanaphati 5K raises funds for schol­ar­ships

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - From Michelle Karn­chanaphati

The JK5K is held in mem­ory of Ja­cob Karn­chanaphati, who passed away in the sum­mer of 2015. He had just fin­ished 6th grade at New Hanover El­e­men­tary, and was look­ing for­ward to try­ing out for the ju­nior high soc­cer team. He had a pas­sion for life, loved be­ing with his fam­ily and friends, and could make any­one laugh!

Be­cause of his great love of soc­cer, his par­ents, Christo­pher and Michelle Karn­chanaphati, started a schol­ar­ship in his mem­ory, and award $2,000 to two grad­u­at­ing stu­dents each year (one male and one fe­male) who have been part of Boy­er­town’s soc­cer pro­gram for at least two years.

The JK5K di­rectly sup­ports the schol­ar­ship, and we were thrilled to have over 325 par­tic­i­pants, and 40 vol­un­teers join us this year at the Op­ti­mist Foot­ball Field and Windlestrae De­vel­op­ment. With the sup­port of this in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity, $15,000 was raised to­wards the schol­ar­ship fund, which we plan to give for many years to come!

The event also in­cluded face paint­ing, raf­fles, a bounce house, DJ Sou­less, Sweet Aloha Food Truck, lots of food and re­fresh­ments, and live mu­sic per­formed by Ja­cob’s brother, Josh, and his friends.

Race Di­rec­tor, Erin Hovey, stated, “We are so very thank­ful for all of the friends, fam­i­lies, class­mates, team­mates, neigh­bors, teach­ers and vol­un­teers who spent their morn­ing with us dur­ing this won­der­ful com­mu­nity event! At the top of our list, we want to thank our gen­er­ous spon­sors who helped make the JK5K a suc­cess. We could not do it without them.”

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Face paint­ing and raf­fles are al­ways a fa­vorite at this event.

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Friends and team­mates honor Ja­cob’s mem­ory as they hold up “3” which was Ja­cob’s num­ber.

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Run­ners take off at the start of the JK5K run

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In ad­di­tion to the 5K, there was also a one-mile fun run/walk.

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