The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

January 10, 2014

Frosty footrace funds families

Proceeds go to Prince of Peace

SHARON — The annual Frostbite Foodtaste Footrace made its return Thursday night to raise funds for Prince of Peace Center in Farrell.

Hundreds of people made the route to 10 of Sharon’s watering holes, where they tasted each establishment’s specialty food items and beverages.

“The pre-registration at the Lube alone was crazy. We are still registering people and the race starts in minutes,” said Quaker Steak & Lube marketing manager Greg Whelan. “It is earlier this year and kids are back from college. I think that is going to help with this year’s number of participants. That and the fact that people are going to come out no matter how cold it is, they don’t care.”

The event is a charity race with proceeds from the $12 entry fees donated to Prince of Peace Center in Farrell. Prince of Peace, a non-profit social service agency, is an affiliate of the Erie Diocese Catholic Charities and United Way of Mercer County.

“We continue to strive to support the people of our community who are in need of a hand up as they begin to restore their lives,” said Joe Fletcher, Prince of Peace’s executive director. “

“We are dedicated to strengthening families, building community, and reducing poverty throughout all of Mercer County through our various service programs.”

Fletcher said the money raised by Thursday’s race goes to the center’s emergency services fund.

 “The money will go toward our life skills classes, to helping people maintain their utilities or to help with transportation and housing. Basically the money goes into a pot to help the people,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said the life skills classes are part of the organization’s AWESOME program. Assistance With Education, Shelter, Organization, Money management and Employment offers classes to individuals who are ready and willing to take the next step in self-sufficiency. Funding for the program is through the emergency assistance program; a successful participant is eligible to receive a stipend of $125 to be put toward an outstanding bill or payment.

“As a nonprofit serving an impoverished community, we could not survive if not for the generosity of those who have and are willing to share their good fortune,” Fletcher said. “We appreciate any donations. Our center is funded through donations, fundraising and grants.”

Participating in this year’s Frostbite Foodtaste Footrace were the ACT, Bissel’s Silver Star, The Russian Club, Billy’s Black & Gold, Our Gang’s Lounge, Side Pocket Cafe, Sons of Italy, Quaker Steak & Lube and Tully’s, with a “tailgate party bonfire” at the Sugar Shack with Basilone’s, Nittany Pub & Grille and La Isla Mexican Restaurant.

“Miller Light was the sponsor this yea,r so there will be beer specials at all the stops,” Whelan said. “We (Quaker Steak & Lube) donate a lot of the food to the different stops. I delivered around $900 of food to the participating venues.”

At 7 p.m., the first stop on the list, ACT, was full of eager participants ready to eat and drink.


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