Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thank a Vet 5K a Success!

Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank everyone for supporting the 2nd Annual Thank A Vet 5k on May 21st. This year's event commemorated the 75th Anniversary of WWII.

We are happy to announce the final total of $4,000.00 will be donated to Angel PAWS. Angel PAWS is an organization that provides highly trained dogs to help change the lives of veterans who are suffering from PTSD and physical or mental disabilities. Three local service dogs were at the event; veteran Jerry Bortner with Neo of Darke County and two veterans, Jeff Pittman with Lexi and Keith Carr with Beamer both from Brookville.

There were 100 people signed up and 83 participated. Well over 110 people were there to attend the event whether they were runners/walkers, Veterans or spectators.

State Rep. Jim Buchy, 84th District, was the guest speaker and Fred Dean, VFW Post 7262 Chaplain gave the invocation. The American Legion Post 140 Honor Guard presented Arms/American Flag, Rifle Volley & Taps. Shelley Sander sang the National Anthem. Three local WWII Veterans in attendance, Dale Marker, Tom Whitton and Dwight Emmons, were honored during the pre-ceremony with a certificate of appreciation and a honor medal. An additional thanks was also given to all Veterans in attendance.

The Boy Scout troop 134 led by Troop Leader Keith Denman were on the course to direct everyone through the fairgrounds. Pictures were taken by Mora Photography, Greenville.

We would like to thank the Greenville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7262, Post 7262 Men's Auxiliary, Post 7262 Ladies' Auxiliary, Post 7262 Boosters and DAV Chapter 57 for sponsoring this event. Also a special thank you to the American Legion for allowing us the use of the Veteran's Building at the Fairgrounds and the American Legion Honor Guard for performing the rifle volley and presentation of the American flag. We would also like to thank all the volunteers that helped make this event a success: Ohio Representative Jim Buch, American Legion Post 140 Honor Guard, Shelley Sander for singing the National Anthem, Jill Wright, Auris Alderman and Victor Alderman.
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR would like to thank the following donors in making this event a success: Panera Bread Miller Lane, Dayton, Ohio, Greenville's Kroger, Brenda Arnett, Doris Aultman, Fred Dean, Kurt Hoelscher, Darke County Genealogical Society, Michelle Alderman, Absolute Hair Salon, Helen Wright, Clint and Charlene Wright, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of Darke and Shelby County (Duck and Dash 5k), Garst Museum, Firecracker 5k Run/Walk, Marcos Pizza, Versailles Savings and Loan, Keller Grain and Feed, Hot Head Burrito, Kitchen Aid and Vint’s Family Restaurant.

Photos of the event can be seen here and here.

5K Results can be seen at https://runsignup.com/race/results/?raceId=30392#resultSetId-36807

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