Jeff French Thank You Letter to the Editor
May 6, 2009
Dear Register Star and Chatham Courier Editor,
One thousand, three hundred and seventy one
entrants, plus hundreds more including volunteers, sponsors, donors,
spectators, exhibitors, police officers and victims of drunk driving,
experienced the special spirit of Sean’s Run Presented by
First Niagara Bank, Sunday April 26, at Chatham High School. They
ran, walked, helped, learned about programs to keep kids away from
underage drinking, competed in a seatbelt buckling contest, and
remembered those who have been impacted by drunk drivers. And based
on their smiles, they had a good time.
They were smiling not only because of the fun
atmosphere of Sean’s Run, they smiled because they were accomplishing
something very important – to send a message to steer teenagers
away from underage drinking and impaired driving.
Because national studies report that one out
of five 8th graders, more than one in three 10th graders and two
thirds of all high school seniors are drinkers. Because car crashes
are still the number one killer of teenagers, nearly a third of
those killed had been drinking and nearly two thirds of those killed
were not using seatbelts.
Thanks to the generous support of many sponsors,
like First Niagara Bank, and to the many employees from the Bank
who joined our pool of volunteers that day, Sean’s Run was
a huge success. In six years we have earned and given away $120,500
as grants to organizations and schools from around the capital region
to implement year-round anti-underage drinking and safe driving
programs, and as scholarships to deserving seniors from the region.
To all who had a part in Sean’s Run, our