Second Annual International Race for Research Raises $7,000!
PRF’s Second Annual International Race for Research was a huge success, with more participants and more money raised than last year. Over 200 people participated in the 5K run and 2K Fun Run/Walk through downtown Peabody, Massachusetts on a gorgeous, late summer morning. Costumed characters Scooby Doo, Bob the Builder and Patrick from the popular cartoon Spongebob Squarepants delighted kids and adults of all ages. Everyone enjoyed free t-shirts, refreshments, an awards ceremony and raffle prizes.
Many thanks to all volunteers that made the day such a great one:
North Shore Striders, Mayor Bonfanti, Mary Bellavance, Judy Selesnick, Dave Hall, the City of Peabody Police and Fire Departments, Burt and Barbara Gordon, Harvey Freeman, the Beverly and Hanscomb Civil Air Corps and members of the Peabody High School’s ROTC and all the sponsors: American Beverage Corporation, Ankeles, Harmon, Bonfanti, Durkin, Vontzalides & Ambeliotis, Costco, Danubio Chiropractic Offices, East Boston Savings Bank, Eastern Land Survey Associates, Eastman Gelatin Corp., Foto Werks, Fred Murtagh, Gerald T. McCarthy Insurance Agency, Gordon Realty, GraVoc Associates, The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, Hannaford, Law Office of John R. Keilty, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mastrangelo’s Carpet Craft, Mattarazzo Brothers, McLaughlin Construction Co., North Shore Bank, North Shore Tile & Marble, Peabody Financial Services, REMAX Realty, Rotary Club of Peabody, Santoro’s, Shaw’s, Total Entertainment, Tropical Banana Company, Unlimited Auto & Truck Repair, and ZONE PERFECT Nutrition Company.
Congratulations to Jason Barnes, the overall male winner and Amanda Sousa, over female winner.
And congratulations to Cheryl Lawrence, who raised the most in sponsorships: over $700!! Cheryl’s goal for next year is to get $1,000 in pledges – you go, girl!
Here’s a great idea to get people to sponsor you: Marie, a nurse at Baptist Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, brought in a plate of her famous home-baked brownies to work. BUT before any of the staff could take any, they had to pledge to sponsor her and her sons, Jonathan, 5 and Michael, 3! Jonathan also got many pledges by asking friends and relatives “to help fight Progeria”. They raised over $300!
Peabody Mayor Michael Bonfanti with PRF President Audrey Gordon,
volunteers Judy Selesnick and Mary Bellavance and Scooby Doo
Friends Sam, David and Jonathan
get ready for the race!
The Fun Run participants are off!
In the lead are relatives of Andrew,
a Massachusetts boy with Progeria
who died in 2000 and in whose
honor the family runs every year.
I HOPE YOU WILL ALL JOIN US NEXT YEAR!