UNION — Despite cold and rainy weather, the Arthur State Bank Junior Board of Directors made its most recent fundraiser a success, surpassing its overall goal.
The board hosted the “Miracle League 5K Walk, Run, or Roll” which started and finished at Timken Sports Complex — the future home of The Miracle League of Union County.
There were 80 participants registered for Saturday’s event, and despite the weather, there were still 41 participants who completed it.
Board adviser Lori Dochterman said the event was most definitely a success, as the group surpassed its $7,500 goal and is now trying to reach $10,000.
“We have a few weeks left and are encouraging all Union County citizens to support The Miracle League of Union County on the last leg of the fund raising,” Dochterman said.
On March 12 — after a presentation from Miracle League of Union County Board Chair Amy Austin — the Union County Council authorized the group to proceed with construction on the field at Timken Sports Complex which was donated by the county last year. The group set out to raise $250,000 for construction of a Miracle League field in April 2012, and to date, the group has received donations or concrete commitments totalling 96 percent of the goal.
Those in attendance Saturday were greeted by both Homer — mascot for The Miracle League of Union County — and The King of Free — mascot for Arthur State Bank. Dochterman also mentioned that Union County Family YMCA Director Scott Sandor — who has a wealth of experience organizing 5K events — graciously provided leadership to make the event run smoothly. Dochterman said she and the junior board are thankful for The Main Event DJ Gregg Maness, Kevin Shropshire, Jim Maness, Holcombe Funeral Home, Union County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Union for their support and help on the day of the event.
Winners of the race were awarded cash prizes provided by Arthur State Bank. The overall winners were Stephen Russell — who had the males’ overall best time at 19:45 — and Maggie Rhodes — who had the females’ overall best time at 22:14. Winners from each age category were as follows:
Noah McCutcheon — 20:50:00
Maggie Rhodes — 22:14:00
Nick Fowler — 22:12:00
Caleb Massengill — 24:57:00
Kathryn Massengill — 22:20:00
Stephen Russell — 19:45:00
Natalie Brown — 22:50:00
Robert Williams — 21:31:00
Rena Medford — 35:59:00
Wayne Comtois — 26:54:00
Penny Smith — 45:20:00
Walker Gallman — 42:38:00
Rose Rice — 38:34:00
Dochterman said the 42 event sponsors also made the project a tremendous success. They were All&Frost, LLC, Armfield’s Inc. Business Form Division, Arthur State Bank, Austin Rehab Services, Blackwood’s Auto Inc., Crisp and Son Screen Printing, Exxon of Union, Friends of Conley Trammell, G2 Enterprises Lawn Care, Gestamp, Gibson Custom Homes, Gracie Carr Music, H&R Block Union County, Harris Electrical Contractors, Inc., Highland Timber LLC, Holcombe Funeral Home, Holcombe Cemetery, Hospice Care of South Carolina, In Memory of Dr. Bobby G. Rippy, JP Fabrication LLC, Kelly Pest Control, Kendall Austin Roofing & Construction, Kenneth Ransom, Attorney At Law, Lancaster Midway BBQ, Palmetto Drugs, Inc., Radiology Consultants of Union, RTS Environmental Services, Sammy Smith’s Garage, Sanders Bail Bondsman, Small’s Storage, Smith Backhoe & Construction Sonoco Plastics, Southern Heritage Woodworks, Total Collision Repair LLC, Union County Family YMCA, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union Family Pharmacy, United Wood Treating Company, Upstate Medical Supply, and White, Diamaduros & Diamaduros.
The Arthur State Bank Junior Board of Directors is still selling Catch the Spirit Fields at all Arthur State Bank branches in Union. Anyone who would like to make a donation they may send it to Arthur State Bank, Attention: ASB JBD Miracle League, PO Box 769, Union, SC 29379.
Staff Writer Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 29, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.