On Saturday, September 22, members of the community gathered at the Pawling Resource Center (PRC) to take part in the 11th Annual Walk-a-Thon. The “Walk So They May Ride” event is the PRC’s major fundraiser and helps to finance the center’s numerous community programs, including the food pantry, transportation to medical appointments for residents, and food delivery to homebound individuals. In total, more than seventy-five participants traversed the two-mile course, and raised over $20,000 for the PRC.
When volunteers gathered at the Resource Center that morning, they were joined by local and county representatives who came out to lend support. Among those in attendance were Congressman John Faso, Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes, Mayor Robert Liffland, and Village Trustee Dan Peters. “This is what Pawling and Dutchess County are all about – people working together to improve our way of life,” said John Thomes.
“I want to commend all the volunteers and the community for a wonderful effort,” added Congressman Faso.
This year’s Walk-a-Thon was also unique in that it was the first year that walkers were encouraged to band into teams as a form of friendly competition to help raise money for PRC programs. Participants made their way down East Main Street and through the Village of Pawling, winding down Charles Colman Boulevard to where the Farmers Market and the annual Pawling Craft Fair were also in full swing.
By the end of the morning walk, the PRC had raised more than $20,000, which will go toward continuing the center’s numerous programs to benefit the Pawling community. Already this year, volunteers have provided food delivery to 28 homebound individuals, 340 rides to the grocery store and food pantry, and more than 900 rides for seniors to medical appointments. “The day was a wonderful success,” said PRC Executive Director Terry Ariano. “It was amazing. We had a lot of new people involved, walking and getting donations. We had a beautiful day, the weather cooperated, and we had so many people donate their services. It was a true community effort. People put their hearts and muscles together to make it all happen.”