Warrior Run to raise funds for veterans
     2016-10-28      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
GERING — For the past eight years, the Veterans and Military Family Emergency Relief Organization has hosted the annual Warrior Run around Veterans Day to raise funds that will help returning veterans with the challenge of re-entering civilian life.

This year’s race will be held November 5 at the Legacy of the Plains Museum. Registration starts at 9 a.m. this year (an hour later than last year) and will go through 9:45. The 10K will start at 10 a.m., with the 5K starting shortly after. Entry fee is $25 for adults 16 and over, $15 for children 9 to 15, and 8 and under are free.

Early registration deadline is October 28, which guarantees participants a T-shirt. The entry fee for adults will be $35 after the 28th. Children’s fees will remain the same.

“We are privileged to have Western States Bank as a title sponsor,” said Race Coordinator Dave Wolf. “They supported our organization for the past 10 years ago and have been a valuable partner ever since. They are very dedicated to our community and want to make sure that our veterans and military families are taken care of in the event of an emergency.”

Dan Carter, Senior Vice President of Western States Bank, said this is a great opportunity to give back to those who have served our country. “We are honored to sponsor the Warrior Run and are lucky to live in such a caring community. Together we can make it even better.”

This year will also be the first for a Kid’s Fun Run. “We have been trying to get a kid’s run for years,” Wolf said. “We approached Webb Orthodontics to help sponsor it, and they were gracious enough to agree. With an active business like Webb Orthodontics in the community, it was a no brainer to bring them on board.”

Webb Orthodontics owner Sami Webb said she’s proud to be a part of the Kids’ Fun Run event. “What a great way for kids to get out and be active and help support our military families and veterans. As always, Webb Orthodontics is dedicated to this community and is proud to play a role in this amazing event. We look forward to making this a success and for the kids’ fun run to be an annual event at the Warrior Run”
The Fun Run will be behind the Legacy of the Plains Museum and will be a ½-mile race. The race is free to the kids, with a donation of a non-perishable food item or a coat for a child.

Participants can pick up their race packets on Friday, November 4 at the Military and Veterans Affairs office at WNCC. The office is located in the Williams Building. Packets will be available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sam and Louie’s will be providing the food for a spaghetti dinner for participants at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home located at 1102 W. 42 Street in Scottsbluff. It will be open from 5:30 –8 p.m. Packets will also be available for pick up.

Over the past four years, the relief organization has helped over 110 veterans and military families with financial assistance to the tune of $50,000. The organization helps with food, gas, electricity, car repairs, rent, medical expenses, and many other basic needs. They also help with higher learning questions, job placement, and has recently held budgeting and money management classes.

The organization is strictly volunteer, with over 95 percent of the money raised going to local veterans and military families. All of the money stays in the Panhandle of Nebraska and eastern Wyoming.

Sponsors for this year’s race include Van Pelt Fencing, Angela Philbrick State Farm Insurance, C. W. Yount Foundation, American Legion Unit 9 in Hemingford, Robinson Electric, B&C Steel, Synder, Smith, Pettit, Hofmeister and Pettit Law firm, Star Herald, KNEB, Bluffs Broadcasting, and many others.

For more information about the event or to register, go to wyobraskavetshelp.org.

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