Thousands Raised For Arthritis Foundation At IV Mall Jingle Walk
By Chris Furguson
Dozens of walkers, runners and dog owners descended on the Imperial Valley Mall on December 5, 2009 for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk benefitting the Arthritis Foundation.
As of press time, over seven thousand dollars was raised or pledged during the event.
The event was designed to raise funds for an future arthritis clinic to be located in the Imperial Valley. “The money we raise today will remain in the community,” said Melanie Cruz-Walsh, a member of the Arthritis Foundation board.
Walsh, who lives with a form of psoriatic arthritis, attended Brawley Union High School and graduated in 1994.
Saturday’s event was the third hosted by the Arthritis Foundation in the Imperial Valley.
The event itself consisted of three parts, a 5k run and a dog walk around the south parking lot, near the food court, and a mile walk inside the mall itself.
Teams attending the Jingle Walk included a group from Brawley’s City staff and All-Star Seed, among others.
Also, a first for the Imperial Valley, was a dog walk that took place at the same time as the 5k run, where local and visiting dog owners walked their animals around the same course as the runners.
The City of Brawley’s team, including Public Works Director Yasmin Arrellano and Interim Brawley Chamber of Commerce CEO Sheila Reily, raised over $1,700 prior to the event. All-Star Seed generated over $700 for their team.
All participants attending the 2009 Jingle Bell Run/Walk received a free t-shirt, antlers and bells and were treated to free water, snacks and coffee.
A group warm-up was led by members of the Jacques and Jills fitness club.
Overall, more than $50,000 has been raised within the Imperial Valley