Catch the (Christmas) Spirit 5K set for Dec. 22

December 10, 2012

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Catch the Spirit 5K to benefit Capon Bridge family

Army veteran Roland Bland’s home was lost to fire earlier this month

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There’s no better time than now to catch the spirit — of Christmas, that is! The residents of Hampshire County are asked to support one of their own by participating in the Catch the Spirit 5K run/walk on Saturday, Dec. 22, in Capon Bridge.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the family of Roland Bland, a 49-year-old Army veteran whose home was lost to a catastrophic fire earlier this month. Bland shared the home with his fiancé, Shannon Wood, and their two daughters, ages 11 and 15.

The event will start at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church on Smoky Hollow Road. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per person. Additional donations also will be accepted.

The benefit run/walk is the brainchild of Allyson Fagga, a Hampshire County resident and a self-taught high school student. Fagga approached the Potomac Highlands Distance Club, based in Augusta, about helping to organize a benefit event to help the Bland family The family had completed its Christmas shopping just before the fire, according to a Hampshire Review report. The home or its contents was not insured. Fagga said churches and businesses across the county already have signed on to help.

“I know just from work I’ve done with my church’s youth group in years past that Hampshire County is committed to supporting veterans,” said Fagga, who aspires to one day be a Marine. “Mr. Bland served in the Army for nearly 15 years and is now a disabled veteran, so it seems to me that he would be a prime candidate to be on the receiving end of this community’s warm support and interest in service members in need.”

“We won’t raise enough for a new home,” said Fagga, “but this event is an excellent opportunity to give back to someone who has served and raise enough money to help get him and his family through the holidays with a bit more peace and comfort than they might have had otherwise. Of all the times of the year to experience this type of disaster, this ranks right up there as a contender for the worst.”

Entry forms can be obtained at the Capon Bridge Public Library or online at www.PhDispatch.com. For more information, call Fagga at 304-822-8491 or send an email to run@phdispatch.com. If you can’t participate, please consider volunteering or making a donation. Donations can be made payable to PHDC and mailed to: Potomac Highlands Distance Club, P.O. Box 102, Augusta, WV 26704. Please reference the Bland family in the memo line.

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