Truth Frequency Radio
Dec 07, 2014

www.thetelegraph.com_2014-12-07_17-53-24By Joey Wagner For the Telegraph

GODFREY — The Knights of Columbus Hall on Stamper Lane in Godfrey was filled with music, photography, and celebrations after runners finished the Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.
This was the 26th annual Jingle 5k Bell Run/Walk in the Alton area, according to Special Events Director Donna Henderson who has been the director for the last three years. This year the event had approximately 400 participants from the area out running, which began at 8 a.m. Food was served post-race for the participants. Henderson appreciated the efforts of all of the participants.
“Overall we can help save the 51 million people and 300,000 children that suffer from arthritis,” Henderson said.
The Jingle Bell Run is one of the top funded runs in the nation and has chapters all over the United States. Other runs near the area occur in Cape Giardeau and Columbia, Mo.
This year the top overall in the male and female categories were 14 year-old Caden Bohn and 35 year-old Shannon Cole respectively.
Year after year Alton Memorial Hospital proves to be a generous sponsor for the run and this year proved no different as they were the top sponsor for the event.
“Alton Memorial is one of our biggest supporters and they have raised over half of our money,” Henderson said.
Alton Memorial Hospital was the top overall group as far as donations are concerned. Led by Lisa Pace, the group raised $9,716 with their 160 participants, according to Community Chair Emily Heitzig. Olin Brass raised $1,338 with their 24 participants, and OSF St. Anthony’s raised $1,271 with 35 participants
The event was also split into teams; the top fundraising team this year was AIM Hoofettes, led by Jan Baron who raised $1,256 with 10 participants. Smooth Operators raised $1,190 with eight participants and Tammy’s Troopers raised $1,021 with six participants.
Finally, individuals were encouraged to also raise money without being a part of a group or team. The top three individual fundraisers were Emily Heitzig, April Brown, and Jan Baron raising a total of more than $2,000.