Optimist Club fundraising this weekendPublished 5:23pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Niles Optimist Club members will be breaking out their stopwatches this weekend to raise money for the club’s youth projects.
Members will be timing the 5K run and 5K walk races Saturday morning during Mishawaka Summer Fest. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Mishawaka High School and finishes at Merrifield Park in Mishawaka.
On Sunday, Optimist Club members will be timing canoe and kayak races during the Michiana Paddle Fest at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend.
Optimist Club President Shane Shidler said the club would get $1,000 for timing this weekend. All the money will go toward the club’s youth fund, which covers things such as scholarships to the Great Lakes Burn Camp and Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs.
“There are several things that we do,” Shidler said.
Shidler said the club’s fundraisers brings in between $10,000 and $15,000 a year for the youth fund, not including Optimist Soccer programs.
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