For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Twyman
Public Relations Coordinator
Community College of Philadelphia
Office: (215) 751-8082
SIX-LEGGED TEAMS HAVE FUN AND RAISE FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA STUDENTSPHILADELPHIA, Pa. October 2, 2006 - Kathleen Smith fell in love with dogs at a very young age. Now, she has two dogs that she lovingly refers to as "mutts," and she relishes opportunities to take them outside to enjoy the great outdoors.
So it should come as no surprise that Smith is looking forward to the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation's 3rd Annual Set the Pace to Educate 5K Race, Walk and Pooch 'n' Pal Stroll at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21 on Martin Luther King Drive (formerly West River Drive), just west of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
All proceeds from the race benefit the students of Community College of Philadelphia, The Path to PossibilitiesT for thousands of city residents seeking high quality education and corporate training opportunities.
Don Tollefson, sports director for Fox 29 television, will be the master of ceremonies for the race for the second year in a row.
"It's a lot of fun, and it's for a good cause," said Smith, the acting assistant dean in the division of Liberal Studies at the College.
Smith obtained Harriet, a 10-year old Schipperke mix, from an animal shelter, and Louie, a 7-year-old Chihuahua mix, who Smith said looks more like a Tibetan Spaniel, from a canine adoption program. They will join Smith and her husband, David Freeman, an assistant professor in the College's Social Sciences department, to form two of the many six-legged teams that will run and walk that day.
Race sponsors include Fox Rothschild Attorneys at Law, Allied Barton Security Services, Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Rhonda and David Cohen, Gallagher Benefit Services, ABM Janitorial Services, Delta Dental, Alstin Advertising, Reliance Standard Life Insurance, Harmelin Media, Heraeus Electro-Nite, Carol and Bruce Caswell, Sodexho Services, UtiliTech and Eileen and Bill Whiteside.
The race registration fee is $20 until Oct. 13 and $25 thereafter. The race will start at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. Registration on the day of the race will begin at 7 a.m. Runners, walkers and canine companions will start at staggered times.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female race finishers and to the top three finishers in several age divisions. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Dogs that are obedient and friendly around other dogs and people are welcome.
Last year, more than 200 people participated in the race and helped the College raise more than $17,000 for student scholarships and programs. "Every dollar raised makes a real difference at Philadelphia's only public college," said Susan Piergallini, vice president for Institutional Advancement at the College. For more information about the race or to register, go online to www.ccp.edu/setthepacetoeducate/.