The 2017 Charity Chase Half Marathon, run on June 4th, set a new record for money raised for local charities with over $30,000 being distributed.  Under a unique formula moneys raised by Charity Chase are distributed based on volunteer hours contributed to staging Charity Chase by volunteers recruited by the charity.  As described by Co-Chair Kelly Pulliam, “Our volunteers not only make Charity Chase possible, but runners constantly tell us that they keep coming back to compete because of the atmosphere of fun and encouragement that they get from the volunteers on the course.”  Exodus Homes received a bonus check by being voted by runners as the best volunteer group on the route with about 70% of the vote.

The Rotary Club of Catawba Valley, organizers and sponsor of Hickory’s Charity Chase Half Marathon, hosted the distribution of funds from this year’s race at their meeting on July 20 at Catawba Country Club.  Recipients were (in alphabetical order):  Catawba Regional Hospice, Council on Adolescents of Catawba County, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Exodus Homes, Hickory Ballet Academy, Hickory Junior Women’s Club, Hickory Landmark Society, Hickory Police Department, Hickory Soup Kitchen, Interact Club of Bunker Hill High School, Jenkins Elementary School PTA, Boy Scouts/LDS, Montessori at Sandy Ford, New Life Church, Pink Heals, Rising Hope Farms, Rotary Club of Catawba Valley, Special Olympics of Catawba County, The Corner Table, Women’s Resource Center, and Young People of Integrity. 

In 2018 Charity Chase is moving to April for cooler weather and back to a Saturday to avoid conflict with Sunday worship.  The 2018 Charity Chase Half Marathon will run on Saturday, April 14, and again will include a 10K event in addition to the established Half Marathon.  Interested participants can sign up at www.charitychase.com.  The July 20th awards ceremony highlighted the contributions that the Charity Chase volunteer groups make to the Unifour area.  Companies and individuals who would like to be sponsors and support this event and the charities that participate can make inquiries through the Charity Chase website above or through The Rotary Club of Catawba Valley at www.catawbavalleyrotary.org.  Donations can also be made through the Charity Chase website.

Submitted Photo 1:  (left to right)

1st row:  Becky Laney (Hickory Junior Women’s Club), Becca Bleich (ECCCM), Amy Morgan (Jenkins Elementary PTA), Michelle Morgan (Women’s Resource Center), Catie Brown & Brad Camack (Exodus Homes), Irene Gomez & Lisa Carroll (Special Olympics), Michael Lingle (West Carolina Youth Sports), Mary Helen Cline (Montessori of Sandy Ford), and Dr. Jeff Isenhour (Interact Club of Bunker Hill HS)

2nd row:  Darlene Huffman (Pink Heals), Lorissa Vines (Catawba Regional Hospice), Jordan Ledford (Council of Adolescents), and Cameron Bixby (Junior Women’s Club)

3rd row:  Kelly Pulliam (Co-Chair, Charity Chase), Chris Johnson (Young People of Integrity), Kevin Spiva (Co-Chair, Charity Chase), Patrick Daily (Landmark Historical Society), Lt. Scott Hildebrand (Hickory PD, Cops for Tots), Austin Pearce (Hickory Soup Kitchen), Bruce Felkins (Hickory Ballet Academy), Marian Erickson (Montessori at Sandy Ford), Melissa French (Hickory Ballet Academy), and Kim Bolick (The Corner Table)


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