Plymouth residents turn out by the thousands for charity run

May 13, 2018 by  

Plymouth-Canton got a real taste of community effort during a weekend in early May. Thousands of people turned out for the annual Super Jess 5K Run, a charity event.

This year’s run featured speeches from representatives of the people who would benefit from the funds raised by the event.

One of those speakers was Sandy Raden, who appeared on behalf of her sister, Donna Barnes, who had pancreatic cancer. Barnes and eight other people were scholarship recipients, chosen by the organizers of the charity run.

During her speech, Raden got the crowd to stand together and raise their hands above their heads. Speaking of her sister and the scholarship, Raden said:

“[It was] the most honorable thing we could ask for for our family.”

Organizers of charity events can use promotional products to encourage people to sign up and help raise money. The Super Jess 5K run has had considerable success raising money to support families who are going through difficult times. Since it began seven years ago, the run has donated more than $360,000 and provided support to 26 families.

This year’s event set some records. The total amount raised has not been tallied yet, but the organizers did announce that it raised $40,000 from sponsorships – a record for the 5K event.