Representatives of six Dexter civic organizations, plus one newcomer, gathered at the downtown Dexter gazebo to gratefully receive their portion of proceeds from this year’s Holiday Hustle 5K sponsored by Running Fit of Ann Arbor.
This year, Running Fit owner Randy Step included in the mix the ten residents of Huron Commons condominiums who lost their homes in a fire January 7. Lorenzo Da Silva of property management company Your Peace of Mind was present February 23 to accept $100 gift cards to Busch’s for each of the affected residents.
Also present to accept donations were Bob Krzewinski of Friends of the Border to Border Trail; Regina Bell of Dexter’s Athletic Booster Club; Sergeant Keith Flores of Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (Shop with a Cop program); Courtney Nichols of the City of Dexter (Lions Park playground project); Wendy Smith of Dexter Senior Center (senior exercise fitness program); John Gochis of Dexter Lions Club; and Doug Smith of Faith in Action.
Step has sponsored the charity event for nearly ten years, he said, reserving $5 from each entry for worthy causes in Dexter. Participants are also encouraged to bring non-perishable foods for Dexter’s needy.
This year, the number of runners topped 1,800. “I’m the lucky one who gets to throw the money around to deserving people and programs,” Step said.