Run For It raises funds for causes

Davis & Elkins College cross country coach Jason Pyles took second place in the Tucker Community Foundation Run For It 5k race. He won $750 for Kump Education Center, and we are very grateful that coach Pyles was willing to run for us on the hilly Davis course in hot weather last Saturday.

Coach Pyles was the 2017 winner of the 15-mile race on Labor Day Weekend in Charleston, and his team often competes successfully in college cross country contests. D&E runners can be seen training regularly in Elkins and on trails nearby.

Kump Education Center was represented by an unusually diverse team of walkers and runners at the Run For It event on Sept. 23. In addition to the Davis & Elkins College cross country coach, we also enlisted Joe Biola who won $100 for KEC with a first place win in his age group.

Members of our board of directors also participated, but for those of us who do not run regularly, the 2K walk and 5K run were a bit of a challenge in the heat. onetheless, we enjoyed seeing the colorful autumn leaves in Davis.

Priscilla Gay and KJ Shaffer signed up to walk, and Matt and Katherine Osborne and I registered to run. My strategy was to walk up the hills and run down. Jane Birdsong, Debbie Fincham and Bob Wilmoth gave donations to support our cause.

Run For It is a complicated fundraising event organized by Tucker Community Foundation to help charitable organizations create new opportunities for people in highland regions of West Virginia and Maryland.

Various organizations include everything from the Five River Library to the Challenged Athletes of WV.

This event and the endowed funds managed by Tucker Community Foundation allow many groups to share expenses for advertising, managing, and reporting fundraising efforts.

After so much of the highland region was devastated by flooding in the fall of 1985, community leaders recognized the need to work together to bring about better economic opportunities for people in Tucker County and surrounding areas.

People like George and Mariwyn Smith at The Parsons Advocate along with former State Senator Sarah Minear began to study how to establish a community foundation that could help develop more effective local charitable organizations.

Both the vision of the founders and the continuing hard work of volunteers have made Tucker Community Foundation a change agent for the highland region.

In this way local people can preserve memories of earlier generations and build a brighter future for the next generation.

Each year the Kump Education Center benefits from the Margaret Kump Roberts Fund managed by TCF. Charitable giving and good stewardship are essential for community development.