Despite rain, more than 250 sign up, 50 volunteer, many contribute to annual 3K and 8K walk/run
The Gloucester County Public Schools Educational Foundation, along with Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management, raised approximately $10,000 for Gloucester public schools at their 3K and 8K Walk/Run on Feb. 23. Approximately 250 people signed up, 170 crossed the finish line, 50 volunteered, and countless attended the event, despite the rainy weather. Numerous businesses and individuals also contributed financially.
After race expenses, the Foundation netted about $10,000 for schools. Sharon Stone, campaign and event chair, said: “We are thankful to our generous community for giving to our schools. Our sponsors, volunteers, participants, their families and friends and many others came out to support education in Gloucester.”
This event is the Educational Foundation’s only fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit Gloucester public schools, including the Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding performers, and school mini-grants, which help teachers offer more educational opportunities for students.
The race had some impressive results as well:
The top three male 8K finishers were William Oudekerk, 18, with a time of 27:12; Ryan Carroll, 36, at 28:21, and Logan McCue, 16, at 29:52. All three are from Chesapeake.
The top three female 8K finishers were Cristina Burbach, 44, of Arlington, with a time of 31:27; Dena Goble, 48, of Williamsburg, at 40:11; and Christy Lindberg, 47, of Gloucester, at 41:35.
The top male 3K finishers were Michael Jones, 18, from Chesapeake, with a time of 9:46; Thomas Oudekerk, 16, of Chesapeake, at 9:47; James Lloyd, 16, of Chesapeake at 10:07; Andy Reed, 22, from Gloucester, at 12:24, and Aiden Harpole, 10, from Hayes, at 12:59.
The top women 3K finishers were Saylor Burris, 16, of Chesapeake, with a time of 10:41; Ava Hutton, 11, of Gloucester at 14:04; Emily Frayser, 18, of Gloucester, at 14:36; Christine Johnson, 56, of Port Haywood, at 17:20; and Kaitlyn George, 17, of Gloucester, at 17:29.
An anonymous donor gave several awards in memory of Ann Burruss, who served on the Gloucester School Board and the Educational Foundation Board for many years. Winners for these special awards were “Youngest Male 8K Finisher” Bryton Lee, 6, of Gloucester; “Youngest Female 8K Finisher” Sariatt Williams, 9, of Gloucester; “Oldest Male 8K Finisher” Richard Crowder, 76, of Port Haywood; and “Oldest Female 8K Finisher” Barbara Biasi, 71, of Yorktown. “Middle-of-the-pack 8K Finisher” was Wendy Calder, 52, of Gloucester Point.
Bethel Elementary School won first place ($300) for the school with the highest percent of participants, and Botetourt Elementary came in second (winning $200).
Fun community event
The Educational Foundation event featured family fun activities before and after the race, including a bounce house, selfie both, and popcorn machine from Freedom Rentals of Gloucester, and booths hosted by Chesapeake Bank, Chesapeake Wealth Management Group, Riverside Health System, Pivot Physical Therapy, and Butterfoss, Barton and Pappas Orthodontics.
Volunteers from the Gloucester High School Track Team and Navy JROTC, along with the Peninsula Track Club and many others, worked tirelessly to staff the event. The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department, Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, Glo-Quips and Xtra 99.1 FM also supported the event with time and resources.
Sponsors who support schools
Name sponsors were Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management. Gold Sponsors were Cook Foundation, Freedom Rentals of Gloucester, Hudson & Associates, In Memory of Ann Burruss, Jostens, Riverside Health System, Stewart Gallery and Worthington Communications.
Silver sponsors were BayPort Credit Union, Butterfoss, Barton, & Pappas Orthodontics, Dr. Walter R. and LaGuamna M. Clemons, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, Hogg Funeral Home, Mitchell CPA’s & Advisors, Pivot Physical Therapy, RRMM Architects, Dr. Sharon Stone, Under Boats and Bill and Madelyn Weaver.
Chesapeake Bank’s Melissa Crawford said: “At Chesapeake Bank, we know that schools contribute to a more vibrant local economy, and they help Gloucester youth realize their dreams. We support these goals.”
Chesapeake Wealth Management’s Felicia Stovall added, “We at Chesapeake Wealth Management are committed to our community, and we recognize the importance of educating our future leaders.”