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October 26, 2012

Haverhill in a Minute: Race raises record $8,517 for charities

The 26th annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race, held downtown Oct. 7, raised $8,517 — a record amount for the event.

This year’s race drew 223 runners, while the 18th annual Joyce Moriarty Memorial Fitness Walk the same day had 55 participants. Former Haverhill High School cross country standout Jefferson Welch finished first in the race with a time of 28:01. Officers from the Haverhill Police Auxiliary maintained traffic control, while the Andover Striders and Winners’ Circle Running Club provided race management.

The Lasting Room Grille, Krueger’s Flatbread, Cedar’s, Haverhill Beef Company and Fantini Bakery provided food and drink for the runners, walkers, and volunteers. This year’s proceeds were distributed as follows: $4,000 to the Sapienza Scholarship Fund; $1,592 to the Joyce Moriarty Scholarship Fund; $400 to Haverhill’s Brightside; $200 to the Haverhill Police Auxiliary; $125 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; $500 to the Haverhill High School Cross Country Team; $50 to the VFW Santa Parade; and $1,650 to the Andover Striders Running Club.

Organizers want to thank all of the event’s sponsors and volunteers, and its host, The Lasting Room Grille. The top three financial sponsors — Rice Brouillard Electric, Yankee Timing Company and Magellan Aerospace Corp. — are thanked for their continued generosity, especially in these economic times. More information is available from David LaBrode, race director, at ickylabrode@verizon.net.

Donations sought

for Festival of Trees

The Buttonwoods Museum will accept donations of decorated trees and wreaths between Oct. 31 and Nov. 11 for its 11th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees.”

The event runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9 and will be open for viewing Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. You may also support the Buttonwoods Museum by buying advertising space in the Festival of Trees program booklet. Deadline for advertising is Nov. 11.

Donated trees and wreaths will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event, with proceeds going to the Buttonwoods Museum. For more information or to download a form to donate visit haverhillhistory.org.

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