On Saturday, October 17th, Professor Tina Pieraccini and her Advanced Public Relations class held SUNY OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 18th annual Walk-A-Thon in association with the United Way of Greater Oswego. The main sponsor since 1991 is SUNY OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Auxiliary Services. This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event was the most successful Walk in over ten years, according to Pieraccini. Students had put their course work into action all semester in preparation for the event, which raised over $2,300 for the United Way.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Walker donations totaled $1,330 and a special Heart Healthy grant to sponsor Entergy employees who walked brought the total raised to $2,330,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Pieraccini. As the line formed outside of Lanigan Hall at SUNY Oswego, participants enjoyed apples and bagels and received a Walk-A-Thon T-shirt.
The line grew to a healthy size up until the race start blow horn went off at 1 P.M. At the conclusion of the race, trophies and ribbons were awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers from each gender. After, the walkers gathered to hear how successful the event was and a door prize raffle.
The United Way provides funding for over 30 agencies and programs in the local area, including the Onondaga-Oswego chapter of the Red Cross, the Boys and Girl Scouts of America, and several family service organizations. Past students of the course have seen their impact firsthand with campus-based programs such as the Children’s Center of Oswego and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, both receiving funds from the United Way.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“[The Walk] was a lot of fun. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good to see so many enthusiastic people here helping out,Ã¢â‚¬Â added Oswego Senior Kevin Lynch.
With the sun high in the sky on a beautiful fall day, 270 people turned out to support the cause. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But humans werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t doing all the walking. Many walkers brought their canine companions to partake in the charity walk. At least 5 dogs completed the 5K walk helping to make the multispecies event an enormous success,Ã¢â‚¬Â said student organizer Sean Donnelly
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The campus and community support were in full force this year and was much appreciated to make this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s walk a success,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Pieraccini.