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LOCAL STUDENTS PLACE IN ANNUAL 5K FUND-RAISER
Allentown, PA (October 29, 2003) - On Saturday, October 18th, two Cedar Crest College students, Katie Brown '05 of Trenton, New Jersey and Larissa Hall '06 of Susquehanna, PA, placed second and fourth in their age groups, respectively, in the 11th Annual Women's 5K Classic find-raiser to fight against breast cancer. Katie and Larissa were among a crowd of over 3,000 people who participated in the event.
"I was introduced to the event last year because I a
m part of the cross country team," said Brown. "I love to run and it is for a great cause." This summer, Katie also participated in two races in her hometown. She placed first in the Calypso 5K to raise money for an area middle school and she placed first in her age group in a race to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
Hall, who also participated in the race last year, was proud to take part in the event again. "I had the opportunity to do something that I enjoy and support an worthwhile community fund-raiser. It was uplifting to see that the entire cross country team was involved in the race," said Hall.
"It's amazing to see how dedicated everyone was to be a part of this event," says Tammy Bean, director of the Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest. "Over 100 members of the Cedar Crest community participated in the event. We all wore bright yellow t-shirts and it was great to look around and see how many of us were there to support such a good cause." Students, faculty, staff and friends and family of Cedar Crest each paid a $25 entrance fee to participate in the race. For those who were unable to pay the fee, Cedar Crest created a scholarship program to allow others to donate money and sponsor a participant. Through this program, nine scholarships were created and a total of $2,275 was raised. Overall, the race raised a record of more than $100,000 which will be donated to Lehigh Valley programs for women facing breast cancer.
Cedar Crest College has a history of encouraging students to become more active citizens. Last year alone, Cedar Crest students performed more than 18,000 hours of community service in the greater Lehigh Valley.
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