ABC#155, The Baby Fold, 4-19-20

A pandemic threatened to end the 15 year streak of annual ABC runs for The Baby Fold. People were being asked to stay home except when necessary, keep at least 6 feet apart, and not have gatherings of more than 10 people. This at a time when the needs of children and families served by The Baby Fold are greater than ever.

We must keep the tradition alive, but how? One solution came when Aimee Beam of The Fold set up a Virtual Run with a link for online donations. Cool, but how about the tradition of meeting somewhere? Can it be done safely? I decided that runners could meet at Tipton Park from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on April 19 if they would show up at different times and keep at least six feet apart. As an added safety incentive, we had a MUM (Most Unusual Mask) contest in which Bill Hahm won a jar of Meg’s chokecherry jelly for sporting a sneeze-guard-equipped helmet.

The result was fantastic! Donations totaled $3,867, making this the top ABC run for The Baby Fold and the 2nd highest of all 155 ABC runs). $2,770 was donated online. Checks and cash totaled $1,117, including donations for t-shirts. Attendance was 26 and another 26 donated online. The Baby Fold will benefit even more when donations by employees/retirees get submitted to their matching gift program. All this outpouring of generosity and enthusiasm is incredibly heartwarming!

Thanks so much to everyone for making this such a resounding success through your donations, participation, and support. Thanks to Rich Beal and Bill Hahm for helping host. Thanks to Meg Anderson for making coffee cake cupcakes to keep the coffee cake tradition alive safely. Thanks to everyone for magically showing up at different times so that we never had to remind anyone about the rules regarding size of gatherings or about social distancing.

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