Merry-Go-Run Raises Funds for Grand View Hospice - 5K Success Undampened by Rain
|(October 10, 2012) Sellersville, PA – Misty skies didn’t dampen the spirit of the Grand View Hospital Auxiliary’s Merry-Go-Run 5K held on October 7th in Perkasie’s Menlo Park. There were 128 registered runners aged seven to 72 who crossed the finish line, including a youngster accompanied by a service dog and family members.
More than 60 volunteers, including employees of Grand View Hospice and other hospital departments, employees of Draeger Inc. of Telford, and others joined Auxiliary members to help with the event. They set up the race route, registered participants, kept racers on course, served refreshments, and pitched-in where needed. “Everyone had a good time,” Auxiliary president Darlene Leidy said. “It’s fantastic to get this kind of response. We truly appreciate everyone’s support. This fundraiser will help someone in need receive the comfort and care of Grand View Hospice.” Proceeds from the fundraiser totaled $7,000. Last year’s Merry-Go-Run raised $8,000 to benefit Grand View Hospital Hospice, dedicated to providing compassionate hospice care in Bucks and Montgomery Counties for 30 years.
Family and friends joined volunteers with noise makers, cheering racers toward the finish line from the fastest runners to the very last walkers. The first place winner of the 5K was Bob Pultorak of Perkasie with a time of 16:20. Hunter Needham finished next seconds later at 16:53, followed by Will Dearden with a time of 17:44. The top female finisher Anabelle Broadbent came in sixth overall with a time of 21:19.
The Auxiliary supports Grand View’s efforts throughout the community by raising funds to ensure that the hospital is able to continue its mission of making quality health care available to area residents. Auxiliary members operate the Corner Cupboard Gift Shop at the Hospital as well as The Recovery Room Thrift Shop near the Outpatient Center at Sellersville.
The Auxiliary also holds a variety of fundraising activities open to the community such as the Festival of Lights and Breakfast with Santa in December, vender sales, the annual Auxiliary Golf Tournament, raffles, and many other events throughout the year. Fundraising efforts like these have enabled the Auxiliary to present the hospital with gifts totaling more than $3.3 million since 1990. The organization has supported Grand View’s mission since the hospital’s founding in 1913. For more information on the Auxiliary and how to participate, call 215-453-4381 or visit www.gvh.org.
About Grand View Hospice
Grand View Hospice has provided hospice care to the terminally ill and their caregivers since 1981. Personalized hospice care is available in the setting most comfortable to individuals and their caregivers, whether in-home or in a personal care, assisted living, or nursing home environment. Grand View Hospice staff strives to maximize comfort and promote dignity and quality of life and considers the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of everyone involved. For more information about Grand View Hospital Hospice, phone 215-453-4210 or visit www.gvh.org.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View has become known as a quality provider of heart and vascular care, women’s and children’s health, surgery, orthopaedics, and cancer care. Grand View also has four state-of-the-art outpatient centers offering health and diagnostic care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
||Racers line up at the Merry-Go-Run organized by the Grand View Hospital Auxiliary to benefit hospice
Jim Dearden finishes as first male in the 50-54 age group
Gracie Postorino was the youngest 5K entrant
Maribeth Lyle approaching the finish line with canine in tow