Chamber Turkey Trot a great success

December 20, 2013

Residents and guests of Fenwick Island and the surrounding communities braved unseasonably cold temperatures on Thanksgiving morning for the 6th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot.  Each year, the event gets bigger and better thanks to the efforts of many, and I hope to adequately send my thanks in this letter.

The Turkey Trot is first and foremost a fundraiser.  This year, I chose to support the Delaware SPCA.  Its mission is to prevent cruelty to animals and to encourage humane treatment of all animals. In our somewhat anemic economy, pets are often relinquished due to their owners’ inability to afford them.  Additionally, the pet population continues to increase because people do not spay or neuter.  The Delaware SPCA is a “no-kill” shelter that is completely funded by donations, and I was thrilled so many good people rallied to help such a great organization.  In all, we raised just shy of $4,000!

Many generous sponsors provided incredible support. Most sincere appreciation to: gold level sponsors Fairfax Mortgage Investments Inc., Just Hooked, Rehoboth Beach Running Company and Rooster's Nest; silver level sponsors hipAHA, Fenwick Island Boot Camp, Hockers Deli, and One Coastal; and bronze level sponsors: Atlantic Shoals, Bikini's and More, The Bookend Café,Coastal Kayak, The Dispatch, HousePawz Pet Sitting, Island Construction, Maryland Screen Printing, Pottery Place, Rope Walk Fenwick, Shay Gallo Construction, and Surf's Edge Deli.

My thanks to the 384 trotters (and 40 dogs) who came to the trot and donated items from the SPCA wish list!  We gathered a truckload of items!

Thanks also to everyone who bought a commemorative T-shirt!  All the T-shirt proceeds were able to be donated. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to see people sport the tee-shirts all year long at the beach!  Thanks also to the hipAHA Fenwick Island Boot Campers for volunteering with tee-shirt sales and event planning.

Special thanks to Pottery Place Perks Cafe for the post-event hospitality and to Coastal Kayak for their dog treat donation and prizes for the overall male and female finishers.

The Delaware SPCA would like to thank Hip AHA, the sponsors and participants of the 2013 Turkey Trot. It is a nonprofit organization that relies solely on donations to care for its animals and events such as this help them tremendously. The money raised and items donated will help enrich the lives of the homeless animals in their care.

In addition to helping to the Delaware SPCA, the Turkey Trot is a fun 2.2 mile run.  This year, the Kaulbach family from Philadelphia dominated.  Max won the Men’s Division, Jasia won the Women’s Division and their Dad Fred, placed third in the Men’s Division.

It is my pleasure to thanks everyone involved for making the 6th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot a success.

Lori Martin
Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce


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