“It was a banner year,” Sandy Peterson said of the 2009 Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. In its eleventh year the annual event blew away last year’s top number of runners and walkers with an increase of about 400 to a best-ever 1,800 participating. The total amount raised for Project Parent Muscular Dystrophy was another record-breaker at $77,000. “I’m flabbergasted,” Peterson said of the total, especially in a year when so many charities are hurting from lower donations. Volley for Mitchell the week before raised $8,000, the picnic raised $1,000, two major donors, Meijer and Wolverine contributed to the total by covering race costs, a silent auction raised $8,000 and just plain gift donations came to an amazing ten grand. “It is a really great charity. People seem to have taken a hold of this cause and our son, and been very generous,” Peterson said. Late registration was huge with about 600 people signing up the morning of the event, and the action in town kept the organization’s 140-plus volunteers busy. “There was a lot of energy in downtown Rockford that day, that’s for sure,” Peterson commented. To date the event has donated more than $600,000 to Project Parent MD. “They are really making some great strides in finding a cure for this disease,” said Peterson. “I hope people will know that.”
August 20 2009
The Humane Society of Kent County will host a low-cost vaccine clinic sponsored through their Kibble Konnection program on Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at their shelter, 3077 Wilson Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Low-cost vaccinations will be available to both Kibble Konnection clients and to the general public. However, individuals must be of low-income status and be able to provide proof of their eligibility. No appointment is necessary. At the clinic, the Humane Society will offer the following vaccinations: • Rabies for $15; • Distemper Combo for $10; • Bordatella for $10. Pet ID microchips will be available for $10 as well. Heartworm and Feline Leukemia / FIV tests will not be offered. Payment will be accepted by cash or credit card only. All cats must be kenneled and dogs must be on a leash. “Each day we receive phone calls from people looking for assistance in vaccinating their animals at a lower cost,” says Karen Terpstra, executive director for the Humane Society of Kent County. “We are seeing the same need with our Kibble Konnection clients. Through this clinic our goal is to ensure that quality veterinary care is available to pets whose owners cannot otherwise afford it and keep pets in their homes, happy and healthy where they belong.” Kibble Konnection is a pet care assistance program of the Humane Society of Kent County that enables individuals in need to provide food for their pets. For more information on the low-cost vaccination clinic or the Kibble Konnection program, please call Tabitha Yuhas at (616) 791-8056 or visit www.hskc.org.
Mitchell Peterson, of Mitchell’s Run, pictured with some of the champion teams of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. “A lot of work goes into organizing this, but the day of the event it is all worth it.” Volley for Mitchell organizer Pete MacGregor said the four-on-four sandy volleyball tournament is a blast and for a great cause. In its third year this year the event raised $8,000 for Parent Project MD in cooperation with Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford. MacGregor said the idea came up while he and the Peterson family were hanging out by a backyard campfire. “It’ a way to be involved if you aren’t a runner or walker,” MacGregor said. This year’s event was Saturday, August 8, a rainy day. Sandy Peterson, Mitchell’s mother, praised participants. “It was pouring rain at 8 a.m. and of 50 teams, only one didn’t show up,” she said. “It was a great turnout. We were very lucky to have Score let us take over that part of their business. They were very generous,” Peterson said. Co-chairs of the event are Bill Jackson and Jeff Hartnagel.
Two North Court Netters basketball teams attended the 2009 American Youth Basketball TOUR (AYBT) National Tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., and both returned with trophies. The fourth-grade team was crowned G4-5 Division III national champions after defeating Findlay’s Future 24-17 in the championship tournament final. The sixth-grade team finished runner-up in G6 Division II after losing the championship final to the Michigan Monarchs. AYBT is a summer, grade-based, youth basketball organization. The AYBT National Tournament was held July 18-21. 2009, and included AYBT teams from throughout the Midwest. North Court Netters is a nonprofit basketball club supporting youth basketball in Rockford and its surrounding communities. For more information, please contact Scott Carlson at (616) 443-9134 or Bob O’Brien at (616) 831-1783.