Komen snowshoe event raises $17,000

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STRATTON — They came from throughout the northeast to play in the snow and raise money to fight a disease that, for many of them, is very, very personal.

In all, 185 participants donned snowshoes and ran, walked and even danced through the snow at Stratton Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 6 to raise money to fight breast cancer for Susan G. Komen New England.

Snowshoers had a choice of a 3K race or either a 3K or a 5K walk on Stratton Mountain trails.

In all, 16 teams came from six regional states and individuals participated from throughout New England and three mid-Atlantic states.

Lori van Dam, chief executive officer for Susan G. Komen New England said the event is an opportunity for people to come together and have a great time while celebrating those who are survivors and remembering those who are no longer with us.

"They're here with their friends," van Dam said. "It is really for all ages. It's great to see people come out."

She said that 25 percent of funds raised go toward the running of the organization while 75 percent stay in Vermont to fund programs.

In all, just short of $17,000 was raised on the day from registration fees, donations, cash sponsorships and a raffle. The goal for the event was $20,000, and donations are still being accepted.

The top fundraising team was Team P-Ruby led by capt Alyson Grzyb of Arlington. Her team raised $2,703. They won free registration to next year's event.

The top overall fundraiser was Mark Lane, of Foxboro, Mass., who was captain of Team Doreen Ann Goyette, named for Lane's sister who died a year ago. Lane's team raised $1,817 and he received an 18 karat gold snowshoe charm with diamond accent from Roxanne Prescott Von Bargen's Jewelry at Stratton Mountain.

The top survivor fundraiser was Janice Martin, of Providence, RI. Her team, Friends from Southern New England Make a Comeback in 2019! Janice received 25,000 American Airlines miles for her effort.

Other fundraising prizes included watches from Elements and maple syrup donated by Laurie Hathaway of Putney.

The 3K run winner was John Matthews of Canton, Conn., who received a pair of snowshoes from Dion Snowshoes of Bennington.

Dion Snowshoes rents snowshoes and provided them without charge for the event for anybody who needed a pair.

Donations can be made to komennewengland.org through Feb. 5.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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