Run Sponsored Generously
December 9, 2007 — It is not often that
a charity event can meet its sponsorship goals half a year in advance
of the scheduled affair. But Sean’s Run, an annual event in
Chatham that lures participants from across the region and is recognized
for its impact and community value, has done just that by attracting
and retaining a growing list of loyal sponsors.
For the third consecutive year, First Niagara Bank Foundation has
signed on to be the Presenting Sponsor of the event, which serves
as a perennial spring-time reminder about the pervasive problems
of underage drinking, impaired driving and teenagers’ lax
use of seatbelts. It includes a 5K and mile run/walk, a tribute
to victims of drunk driving, a prevention education expo and the
World Championship Battle of the Belts, a contest to encourage increased
use of seatbelts by teenagers. Funds raised during the event are
invested in activities produced by youth groups and schools designed
to encourage teens to make safe choices about drinking and driving.
New to the list of sponsors this year, the Register Star and Chatham
Courier have been designated as Sean’s Run Media Sponsor.
“Our sponsors tell us the relevance and seriousness of the
problems that Sean’s Run addresses is the prime consideration
behind their ongoing support. We work hard to produce the Sean French
Memorial Run as a highly regarded and well-organized event for our
community,” said Jeff French, event chairman.
Nearly all sponsors have been behind the event since its inception
in 2002 as a community response to the loss of the event’s
namesake, an accomplished runner and popular Chatham High School
Also returning as main sponsors for the 7th Annual Sean’s
Run are FairPoint Communications as 5k Sponsor, GHI as Major Benefactor,
Newkirk as SeansMile Sponsor and Rensselaer Honda as Battle of the
Gold Medal Sponsors returning include Columbia Memorial Hospital,
Trowbridge Farms, Chatco, Blass Communications, and addidas Eyewear.
New to this category of sponsorship for 2008 is Stewarts Shops.
Silver Medal Sponsors, all returning from previous years include
Price Chopper, Sonoco Crellin, New York Oncology Hematology, DRI
Imaging, Taconic Driving School, Mark and Cathy French, Firehouse
Other repeat sponsors, all designated as Blue ribbon Sponsors, include
Brown’s Emporium, Cantele Tent Rental, Casiano and Sonya Del
Peral, Chatham Flowers, Chatham Properties, Ed Harrington, Inc,
Fingar Agency, French Cut Lawn Service, Jim and Elaine Gilmer, Koweek,
Cranna and McEvoy, Marisa’s Bagel Café, Metz Wood Harder
Insurance, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Pam and Jeff Lappies and The
Lofgren Agency. New to the Blue Ribbon category are Com-Tech Electronics,
Hawthorne Valley Farm and Park Row Gallery.
Thanks to its sponsors, the impact of Sean’s Run goes beyond
a once-yearly community run and walk to address the problems that
contribute to the all-too-often loss of young lives in car crashes.