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Fall Frolic receives title sponsor
August 02, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Dayle Wallien (center), executive director of the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation, is joined by Amy Doll and John Stinner of Valley Bank and Trust to announce the college’s upcoming Fall Frolic event.

Runners from across the area will gather at Western Nebraska Community College the morning of Sept. 22 to take part in the college’s third annual Fall Frolic run.

This year’s title sponsor will be Valley Bank Trust Company and Western States Bank. Dayle Wallien, executive director of the WNCC Foundation, said the sponsorship is special because Valley Bank president and CEO John Stinner has helped with planning and organizing the Fall Frolic since it started three years ago.
“Valley Bank’s help is very meaningful to WNCC students, as we’ll be able to provide even more scholarships,” Wallien said. “They’ve always been a great supporter of the college and we’re so grateful for that.”

The family friendly Fall Frolic is part of the weeklong “Celebrate WNCC” homecoming celebration. The day starts at 9:15 a.m. with a kids’ fun run in two age divisions. It starts and ends at the Scottsbluff campus.

The 5K and 10K run has an 8 a.m. combined start, with Stinner firing the starting pistol. Overall men’s and women’s winners in the 10K will each receive $500. Overall men’s and women’s winners in the 5K will receive $250 each.

“We hope this will help attract some runners from around the region,” Wallien said. “The prize money would more than pay the cost of coming here for some of the Colorado runners.”
She added the event is sanctioned by U.S.A. Track and Field and is electronically timed.
A diaper dash and pancake breakfast will also be part of the celebration.

Nearly 300 runners participated in the 2011 Fall Frolic as they raised almost $10,000 to support WNCC and its students.
“We’re delighted to be a part of this and the mission of WNCC to help raise funds,” Stinner said. “We’re grateful to have this opportunity. It also brings back a lot of alumni to western Nebraska.”

Wallien said because most WNCC graduates stay in the area, supporting the college is a great investment in the future.
For more information or to register, go online to www.wnccfoundation.org.
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