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ABC Run #101, for Heartland Head Start

It was a great morning for the 50 participants that showed up at the Sugar Grove Nature Center on October 5 and generously supported Heartland Head Start with total contributions of $700.

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Thanks so much to our hosts: Angela Funk (Director Sugar Grove Nature Center), Odemaris Mancilla-Sibaja (Dual Language Specialist at Heartland Head Start), Sharon Cochran (member of Friends of Heartland Head Start), and David & Darlene Weber (members of Friends of Heartland Head Start). The usually awesome menu included french toast casserole (from Robyn Walter), coffee cake (Meg Anderson), banana bread (Sharon Cochran), bread (Darlene Weber) chocolate chip cookies (Kevin Fahling), assorted treats (Angela Funk), and so much more (my apologies to those that I missed).

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This is the seventh ABC run for Heartland Head Start. The funds raised by all seven runs add up to a tidy sum of $4,129. Thanks a million to every participant for your fellowship, sharing food, and generous financial support.  Odemaris sent me a nice email including a “thank you” to pass along.  Odemaris wrote “In our program we have families from all over the world, with about 5 different languages. Thanks to your generosity we will continue to support all of our different literacy events. These events include a free book for all of our families. Your donation will help us buy books in many languages that will increase literacy”.

It may have been ABC Run #101, but one person (guess who?) was celebrating his 100th ABC run.  Some lame excuse about missing #85 due to his granddaughter’s college graduation.  Meg will likely celebrate her 100th in April.

The next ABC Run, for Adopt-A-Family, will be held Saturday morning, December 6, at the home of Lisa Sparks in Bloomington.

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Adventures Benefiting Children Run #90, for Heartland Head Start

by Merlin Anderson

A great morning for running greeted the 46 participants that showed up on October 6 at the Sugar Grove Nature Center to support the Heartland Head Start program with total contributions of $619.

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ABC90bMany thanks to Angela Funk for allowing us to use the facility.  Thanks also to our co-hosts, Sharon Cochran, a member of the Friends of Heartland Head Start, and Karen Bruning, the director of Heartland Head Start.  Angela and Sharon and Karen did a great job of hosting us and we really enjoyed the food & drink.  The menu included Panera bagels and Starbucks iced coffee (from Karen Bruning), bananas and bread (from Sharon Cochran), coffee cake (from Meg Anderson), banana cake (from Stacie Sheridan),  chocolate chip cookies (from Kevin Fahling), assorted treats (Angela Funk), and much more (my apologies to all those that I missed).

This is the sixth time we have done a run for Heartland Head Start.  The funds raised by all six ABC Runs add up to a tidy sum of $3,429.   Thanks so much to every participant for your fellowship, sharing food, and generous financial support.  Karen Bruning sent me a nice email including some thanks to pass along.  Karen wrote “On behalf of Heartland Head Start, I would like to sincerely thank all of you for coming out to support our organization!  It was great to meet you all and please know your dollars will assist our program greatly!”

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