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Sean’s Run 2012 Sponsors Announced
Chatham, January 30, 2012: First Niagara Bank has signed on to continue its designation as “Presenting Sponsor” of Sean’s Run for 2012. This will be the 11th running of the event scheduled for Sunday, April 29 , 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 1,320 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 lax use of seatbelts by teenagers. 
 
For seven years First Niagara Bank has been the prime sponsor of the event which includes a 5K, Meghan’s Mile, a Special Needs Kids Race just for children with 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 ten years $148,950 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 again been designated as the 2012 Sean’s Run Media Sponsor. 
 
“Without the support and generosity of our sponsors, Sean’s Run would not have had the impact it has produced,” 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 11th Annual Sean’s Run are FairPoint Communications of Chatham as 5k Sponsor, Newkirk from Albany as Meghan’s Mile Sponsor, Rensselaer Honda from Troy as Battle of the Belts Sponsor and Sea Jem Imports from Boston as sponsor of the Special Needs Kids race. 

New this year as a top sponsor is Northeast Pest Control of Troy, the company underwriting the cost of special gifts given to the first 350 participants who pick up packets on Saturday, April 28th, the day before the event. 
 
Returning as Gold Medal Sponsors are 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, is Dell’s Plumbing, Heating and AC Service of Ghent, Hover & Mackowski, PLLC of Hudson and Clifton Park and Randy and Chris Hahn of Chatham

Hawthorne Valley Association has increased their sponsorship level this year to the Gold Medal status.
 
Silver Medal Sponsors returning for 2012 include Berkshire HomeStyle magazine, Brown’s Emporium, Firehouse Productions, Marisa’s Bagel Café, Mark and Cathy French, Park Row Gallery, Sonoco Plastics, New York Oncology Hematology, Taconic Driving School and Winding Brook Country Club, Valatie
  
Three perennial sponsors have moved up to the Silver Medal category including Chatham Flowers, MetzWood Harder Insurance and Michael C. Howard, Esq.

CarrieAnn Bowker of Chatham and Madison Handbags have signed on as a Silver Medal Sponsor this year.
 
Blue Ribbon Sponsors, include Cantele Tent Rental, COMTECH 2-Way Communication, French Cut Lawn Service, Jim and Elaine Gilmer, Koweek, Cranna and McEvoy, Long Energy, Pam and Jeff Lappies, The Lofgren Agency and Valley Oil/Miller Wilkins.

Four new Blue Ribbon sponsors have been added including Eileen and Lee French of Rotterdam, Girvin & Ferlazzo P.C. of Albany, Propsera Financial Services from Parsippany, NJ and Rich and Sally Kraham of Chatham.

 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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