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Sean’s Run Sponsors Announced

Chatham, January 12, 2011: First Niagara Bank has signed on to continue its designation as “Presenting Sponsor” of Sean’s Run for 2011.  This will be the 10th running of the event scheduled for Sunday, May 1st  in Chatham.  The bank is joined by a group of other businesses and individuals also committed to sponsoring Sean’s Run, one of the largest run/walk events in the region, attracting 1,462 entrants last year. In addition to becoming a classic athletic event in the region, Sean’s Run has become the area’s perennial spring-time reminder about the pervasive problems of underage drinking, impaired driving and teenagers’ lax use of seatbelts. 
 
For six years First Niagara Bank has been the prime sponsor of the event which includes a 5K, Meghan’s Mile, a Race just for children with special needs and developmental disabilities, 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. 
In the past nine years $135,050 has been awarded by the Organizing Committee from event proceeds to support scholarships and activities produced by youth groups and schools designed to encourage teens to make safe choices about drinking, driving and use of seatbelts.
 
The Register Star
and Chatham Courier have been designated as the 2011 Sean’s Run Media Sponsor. 
 
“We are fortunate to have a solid core of loyal sponsors who return to support us year after year.  And we have been lucky to add a few more new sponsors this year.  We’ve been told that the relevance and seriousness of the problems that Sean’s Run is addressing is worth their sponsorship” 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, Sean French, who was an accomplished runner and popular Chatham High School junior. 
 
Also returning as top sponsors for the 10th Annual Sean’s Run are FairPoint Communications as 5k Sponsor, Newkirk as Meghan’s Mile Sponsor and Rensselaer Honda as Battle of the Belts Sponsor.
 
Gold Medal Sponsors include Sea Jem Imports of Boston, MA, Blass Communications of Old Chatham, Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, Trowbridge Farms of Ghent, Stewarts Shops of Saratoga Springs, Price Chopper Supermarkets with headquarters in Schenectady, Tom Warner Watercolors of Great Barrington, MA and EmblemHealth of New York.
New to the Gold Medal level is Dell’s Plumbing, Heating and AC Service of Ghent, Jason S. Hover, Attorney at Law of Hudson and Clifton Park,
 
Silver Medal Sponsors include Berkshire HomeStyle magazine, Brown’s Emporium, Firehouse Productions, Marisa’s Bagel Café, Mark and Cathy French, Park Row Gallery, Randy and Chris Hahn, Sonoco Crellin, New York Oncology Hematology and Taconic Driving School.   
New to the Silver Medal category is Long Energy of Ghent and Albany and Winding Brook Country Club, Valatie.
 
Blue Ribbon Sponsors, include Cantele Tent Rental, Chatham Flowers, Com-Tech Electronics, French Cut Lawn Service, Jim and Elaine Gilmer, Hawthorne Valley Farm, Koweek, Cranna and McEvoy, Metz Wood Harder Insurance, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Pam and Jeff Lappies, The Lofgren Agency, Richmor Aviation, and Valley Oil/Miller Wilkins.
 
More information about the event, the sponsors and the Sean’s Run grants and scholarship programs is available at www.SeansRun.com.

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