Submitted by Abbie Rosenberg and and Dave Krueger, co-event directors.
To the Editor,
On behalf of the Sharon Timlin Memorial Event Committee, we would like to thank everyone that supported us at the 9th Annual Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K Race and Family Fun Day. The enthusiasm, generosity and spirit of the day were amazing. The town of Hopkinton has embraced this event and has shown us what a philanthropic and cohesive community we live in. Mike Timlin and his family joined us along with Tim Wakefield and Lou Merloni and they provided attendees with autographs and smiles. As Mike and Dawn Timlin said, “We are so grateful that the town of Hopkinton has embraced this cause.” The family fun day field was full of smiling faces and it looked like everyone was having an exceptional day, enjoying the games, crafts, raffles, food, band etc…
Congratulations to all the athletes that participated in the event. We had runners and walkers of all ages that completed the 1 mile race or the 5K. A special congratulations to the couch to 5K’ers that completed their first 5K and to Erin Mahoney of Pathways that led this great group. Thank you to all of the members of the community that supported this event by attending and donating generously to our cause. Thank you to the 250 plus volunteers that came and volunteered their time at the event. A specific thank you to the Ignite Leaders of Hopkinton Middle School who all volunteered along with our many other student and adult volunteers.
A very warm thank you to the Hopkinton Public Schools, and all the teachers that participated in the dunk tank, the Hopkinton Police Department, the Hopkinton Fire Department and the Board of Selectman for donating their time and supporting our efforts to such a great extent. Thank you to all of our sponsors, specifically the Boston Red Sox Foundation, 26.2/Hopkinton Athletic Association, The Hopkinton Running Club, Roche Brothers Supermarkets, Solect, Good Gear, TJX, UMass Medical School, PR Running of Westboro, the Main Street Pediatrics, Max Performance, Bernardi Auto Group, Staples, Hot Accoustics, Nautilus, Security Fence Company, E.L Harvey & Sons, The Handyman of Hopkinton and Adam West Landscaping.
Additionally, thank you to Air of Elegance of Hopkinton for the festive balloon decorating and to Michael Alfano for donating his time as “alf the clown”.
All money raised will go directly to the Angel Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for ALS and supporting the medical research of Dr. Robert Brown and his colleagues at UMASS Medical Center. We are still receiving donations, but the preliminary numbers indicate that we have brought in over $120,000 in our fundraising efforts.
Also, a huge thank you to all of the participants in the Angel Challenge Sponsorship Program and to all of the families that shared their stories in The Many Faces of ALS program (Please see web site to view their courageous and touching stories. www.sharontimlinrace.org). They are a poignant reminder to all of us as to why we are working so hard.
We had over 38 dedicated fundraisers in the Angel Challenge program that brought in over $35,000 for this horrible disease. Lastly, a huge thank you to the person that inspired this event and continues to teach all that know him countless lessons about hope, perspective, courage and friendship: George Mazareas.
Again, thank you so much to all involved in making this event such a huge success. You are all helping us to take action against this cruel disease, and we absolutely believe that our dollars are making a huge difference in the exploration of a cure!
Thank you again,
Abbie Rosenberg and Dave Krueger, Event Directors
Committee Chairs: Colleen Allen, Stephanie Whelan, Dawn Mercier, Margaret Kennedy, Michelle Weilding , Kathy Younis, Marc Salois, Cheryl Asselin Tracy Logan, Diane Kosheff, Leslie Marci, Erin Mahoney, Kara Dion, Chris Basile, Jan Gill, Michelle Cohan, Maureen Allen, Jayashree Dattar, Michael Siedlecki, Heather York.