Priest Communities Care offers thanks

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Runners start the 5K race.

   Priest Communities Cares first annual event was held on Oct 6.  We were thrilled with the response and support that we received from the participants and sponsors.  In total, we had 63 participants who ran and/or walked the 5 km route.

   Our volunteers arrived early that chilly morning to get last minute things organized.  Our high school volunteers helped to register folks, set up a water station, signs of support and direction throughout the route and record times as runners and walkers crossed the finish line.  The lead high school volunteers were Jill Weimer, Kelsey Bradbury, Cameron Riley and RC Akre.  Speaking of finish line, we hope everyone got to see the beautiful start/finish banner that was lovingly created by two Priest Lake artists, Jeannie Melvin and Mabel McInerney.  The event opened with Chris Yount reminding everyone about the route as well as safety during the event.     Other speakers included Barb Stutz who shared her breast cancer journey and Erin Butler from the Community Cancer Support/Heather’s House in Sandpoint.  A portion of the funds generated from this event will be given to this worthwhile organization that provides gas vouchers, wigs, and  counseling for women battling cancer.  For more information about Community Cares Services please call them at 265-2301.  They serve our community and few folks really know about this valuable service.   

   The event route took the runners and walkers through some of our Priest River neighborhoods and everyone seemed to enjoy it a great deal.  We loved seeing all the folks cross the finish line with big smiles.  After our event ended, we awarded medals at the Oktoberfest in Priest River.

   We are still getting our final numbers together, but it looks like after our expenses are met (i.e. paying for the shirts and minimal supplies), we will have made about $2,000.  The Priest Community Cares group is meeting this week to discuss specifics, but thus far we know that most of the money will be used to create a lending library focusing on cancer support for both the Priest Lake and Priest River libraries.  Additionally, funds will shared with both the Community Cancer Support group (which serves all of Bonner County) and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.   

   The core team of organizers were Connie Troudt, Jill Cobb, Patty Weimer, Camille Riley, and Barb Stutz, with support from Missy Hill and  Sandy Ackerman.

   KUDOS to all of them for a great job!

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