Running Santas raised money for charities
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org January 15, 2013 12:32PM
Christine Cacarthy, left, and Kiersten Thiel pull Santa Claus on a sleigh, sponsored by Carriage Court Pizza, down Main street, in Crown Point, on Saturday during the annual Santa Walk and Run. People dressed in holiday spirit to participate in the run wh
Updated: January 15, 2013 12:32PM
CROWN POINT — The City Council welcomed Tim Fealy, president of Hometown Happenings, to its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 7.
Fealy organized the Dec. 22 Santa Walk & Run. Four hundred participants raised over $4,000 for Crown Point and Northwest Indiana charities. Fealy said that in addition to people from Crown Point, the 400 runners came from all over Northwest Indiana and some even came from Illinois.
Fealy presented checks as follows: Meals on Wheels, $150; Trinity Lutheran School, $150; Girl Power 2 Cure, $150; Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation, $300; St Jude House, $300; St. Mary’s Catholic Community School, $600, and Crossroads YMCA, $800.
The recipients and distribution were chosen by runners’ votes.
There were a variety of costumes for the celebration of Christmas, ranging from full Santa suits of red and white to suits from other countries, elves and many, many Santa hats. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes.
Fealy said, “This would not be possible without Mayor Uran, and to the city, police department, Civil Defense, fire department and streets department, thank you.”
At the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Jan. 9, Fealy said the donation to St. Jude House will create a library for children at the shelter, which hopes to start a reading program. Both St. Mary and Trinity Lutheran schools will be using the money to expand programs for their students. The YMCA will be able to buy new equipment for its youth program.
The board approved making the Santa Walk & Run permanently on the Saturday before Christmas.