Local charities benefit from fourth annual Iris City Walk and Roll

12.18 lifestyles feature

BETSY HARRIS :::

On a chilly, but sunny Saturday morning in late October, First United Methodist Church held the fourth annual Iris City Walk and Roll, designed to raise money for selected causes. Including volunteers, approximately 75 people participated in the fundraiser.

“We chose five charities this year,” said Forrest Cobb, the chairman of the event. “Our committee of twelve decided on the Amick Fund, which helps people with their utility bills, The Abundant Life Soup Kitchen, Five Loaves and Two Fish Food Pantry, Stepping Stones Educational Therapy, and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. This year, thanks to generous sponsors, we were able to give $3500 to each.”

Committee member Margaret Blue added, “Without those sponsors and of course the people who signed up to ride bikes or do a fun run, we couldn’t have been so generous. We also had many church members who donated fresh fruit, homemade muffins, and coffee for the event. Oh, and Laura Watson, our youth director, was able to get donations of door prizes, ranging from gift certificates to local restaurants to tickets to Main Street Players performances.”

“Our main focus was raising money for the charities,” according to Watson. “However, another goal we had was to promote good health, since we know that regular exercise is important. Fortunately for Griffin, there are lots of fun runs throughout the year, and we’d like to think that many of our citizens take advantage of these opportunities, too.”

Those who registered paid $15 to participate. Not only did they receive a long-sleeved tee shirt but also a gift card and bottled water.

The Iris City Walk and Roll evolved from Run for Griffin, an event that a former associate pastor spearheaded twenty years ago.

The committee is already planning special activities for the event in 2015, since it will be the fifth one.

To learn more about the 2015 Iris City Walk and Roll, call the church at 770.228.3020.

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