Kent Island Running Group Donates $4,500 to County High School Running Programs and Local Charity
STEVENSVILLE, Md. – Kent Island Running Group donated $1,500 each to Kent Island High School and Queen Anne’s County High School cross country coaches to support both schools’ running programs, as well as $1,500 to local charity Saint Martin’s Ministries. Donations were made through funds raised by the running group through a Thanksgiving running event.
Kent Island Running Group (KIRG) President Susan Lamont and members of the KIRG Board of Directors presented $1,500 to Coach Rick Unger for Kent Island High School’s cross country program. Unger remarked that KIRG’s donation will be used to buy much-needed uniforms for the cross country team to wear at all competitions, including State championships. Lamont also presented $1,500 to Queen Anne’s County High School’s Coach Mark Wilhelm for its cross country program. “Assistant Coach Kim Agee and I are excited and grateful for the size of this donation. We have about 50 students on the team – we don’t cut runners based on performance. Money from this donation will go toward replacing long-worn jerseys and warmups before next season,” he told the running group at its annual meeting.
KIRG also presented $1,500 to Saint Martin’s Ministries’ Director of Development Deborah Hudson Vornbrock at KIRG’s annual meeting. “Saint Martin’s Ministries is thankful for KIRG’s continuing support for our organization. This generous donation will help us continue to help the community’s working families, elderly and veterans in need.”
In July 2017, KIRG partnered with YMCA of the Chesapeake’s Centreville location, taking on the responsibility of directing the YMCA’s own Thanksgiving day event, Turkey Trot 5K. The partnership simultaneously allowed Kent Island Running Group to raise money for local charities as it had done in the past with KIRG’s Great Turkey Chase, and the YMCA to carry out its membership initiative. KIRG will be directing the YMCA’s Turkey Trot 5K again this year on Thanksgiving day to raise money for local charities.
About Kent Island Running Group – Kent Island Running Group is a non-profit organization and certified Road Runners Club of America running club whose mission is to support and promote a healthy and active lifestyle while working with and supporting local charities and organizations for the betterment of the community. For more information about Kent Island Running Group, please visit www.kirg.org or call 240.446-1115.
About Saint Martin’s Ministries – Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM) is a non-profit charity that provides food, clothing and shelter to local working families, the elderly and veterans who need assistance. SMM provides transitional housing for women and their children, emergency food, eviction prevention assistance, and a thrift store.