Runners, walkers raise $715
DUNDEE—In its second year, the October Rover raised $715 to benefit the Christmas for the Needy program, Saturday, Oct. 16, in Dundee.
Kathy Ring, Dundee school superintendent, said there were 52 participants this year, with about 15 taking part in the 2.5K Walk-n-Wag. People could run or walk in the 5K or walk dogs in the 2.5K. The route took participants through Dundee, starting and finishing at the Dundee school.
Ring said runners and walkers raised money for Dundee’s contribution to Christmas for the Needy. The program helps families in the Penn Yan and Dundee school districts with gifts for their children.
“The overall feeling is that Christmas for the Needy and Milly’s Pantry does so much for the community,” said Ring.
She added a big contribution came from the Keuka Lake School. Deb Fabris-Coon, senior director of education at The Arc of Yates and Keuka Lake School, said they had 16 participants and raised about $240.
“The whole staff wanted to give back to the children,” she said.
Prizes were given to the top runners and walkers. Both first placers came from the same family. Mackenzie Stone, Dundee student, was the first runner across the finish line with 21:06. Kelly Stone, his mother, was the first walker back, with their dog Mattie.
“It’s always a good cause,” she said, adding the family didn’t have a dog last year to participate with.
“I always try to participate in school sponsored events or events at the school,” said Martha Gold, Dundee teacher and runner. “It also helps a lot of people in the community.”