Benefit helps children

To the Editor:

A year ago, Mike Splitt of the Crystal Lake Kiwanis had an idea: A Santa run that would benefit five agencies in the county that served children: Girls on the Run, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Light Center/Mainstay, Turning Point and my own organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters.

On Dec. 2, Mike’s hard work paid off. More than 700 runners suited up in Santa suits and ran a 5K through downtown Crystal Lake that raised more than $30,000 for those five groups.

Hats off to Mike and the Crystal Lake Kiwanis, as well as the 75 volunteers who helped with the run and our sponsors: the Northwest Herald, Centegra Health System, Advocate Good Shepherd, Team Reil, Power Construction Co., the Running Depot, and Dunkin Donuts.

Thanks, too, to the city of Crystal Lake and the downtown merchants, especially the Raue Center.

And thanks to all those runners! We hope you’ll be back next year as we do it all again on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Robyn Ostrem

Executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County

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