Saturday marked the fourth annual Turlock Salvation Army Kettle Bell Dash fundraiser, in combination with the first-ever 1K Dog Walk sponsored by Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital.
The charity run began in 2011 with proceeds supporting the local work of The Turlock Salvation Army and surrounding communities. Offered were a Kids Fun Run, 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 1K Dog Walk; while courses varied, all began at the intersection of Broadway and Main Street in Downtown Turlock.
With the participation of approximately 250 individuals, and 50 dogs, $16,000 was raised for the Turlock Salvation Army.
Nick Hackler, Chair of Dash, stated the success of the event in terms of fundraising and noted that a flood of around 500 people were brought to local Downtown businesses because of it.
“We did a great job…I think it was a huge success for both raising awareness of The Salvation Army and Downtown,” said Hackler.
He called the addition of the Dog Walk a major success, and looks forward to it next year.
“It was a blast, we really appreciated having the dog walkers out there.”
Sara Leimgruber, Hospital Director at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, said that they were approached by Kettle Dash chair members asking them to get involved, which prompted the 1K Dog Walk.
“We just want to help in any way we can, and thought this was a great avenue to do so,” said Leimgruber of their continued community involvement with the Kettle Dash.
Along similar lines, she stated the success of Partners in Paws, their community service foundation. Recently, the Foundation met their October goal of collecting 1,500 pounds of pet food for their Trick-or-Treat Charity Pet Food Drive benefitting pets of guests of the Turlock Gospel Mission and United Samaritans.
Top 5K runners were Patrick Guerrero with a time of 18:21; Joshua Lefler, 21:25; and Alison Borba, 21:29. Top 10K runners were, Darren Holman, with a time of 34:51; Andrew Armendariz, 37:40; and Brent Bolerjack, 38:53.
Sponsors included Kiwanis International Breakfast Club, Emanuel Family Practice, Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, Hudelson Nut Company Inc., JenJil Packaging, Inc., Stanislaus Orthopaedic And Sports Medicine Clinic, Trans-California Pathways Project, Pet Extreme, F&M Bank, Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Ins., Central Valley Property Management, Design Classics, Turlock Running Club and Smith Chevrolet Cadillac.
"The Kettle a Dash for dogs was a fun event," said local veterinarian and owner of Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, Dr. Rob Santos. "Seeing the different breeds all having a great time and walking/running made everyone have a smile on their face… including the dogs, it was really a great event to be apart of."
The Salvation Army of Turlock, within the Golden State Division, assists thousands of individuals and families each month in local cities and neighborhoods. The organization is founded through individual donors, corporate companies and grants. Many services depend upon the help of volunteers.
The Salvation Army offers rehabilitation and clinical treatment for individuals battling substance abuse and chemical dependency, missing persons services to reunite families, emergency disaster, civil disorder, social and recovery services to at risk communities and populaces, along with world services and spiritual programs.
Around 50 dogs came with owners for the first-ever 1K Dog Walk, sponsored by Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital.