LIMA — A benefit was held Oct. 9 at the Knights of Columbus hall in Lima to benefit Muscular Dystrophy and Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This benefit was organized by Marie Niese, who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Local celebrities were teamed up with professional dancers from area dance studios. Participating studios included The Dancer By Gina, Tanya’s School of Dance, Lyn’s Academy of Dance and A Step Above.
Celebrities included DJ Old School, Kathleen Phipps, Frank Kill, Vickie Shurelds, the Rev. David Ross, Tom Ahl and Julian Teekeram.
Emcees for the night were Holly Geaman and Vince Koza. Judges were George Dunster, Shannon O’Neill and Bart Mills.
Julian Teekeram from WLIO and Lyn Mulcahy won People’s Choice. Frank Kill and Gina Wiley were the top winners of the evening with their jive routine. Kill and Wiley are cousins, and share a cousin, Tina Mills, of Delphos, who has muscular dystrophy. They dedicated their dance to Mills.
“It was a very fun evening. People that I know that went to the event were raving about it afterwards,” said Gina Wiley. “Being with all the dance studios together was a lot of fun.”
Ada resident running in New York City Marathon
ADA — David Dellifield, of Ada, is a runner who is also a stage 4 cancer survivor.
He will not only be running in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, but has been chosen to take part in the TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremonies presented by United Airlines at 5:25 p.m. Oct.31. Dellifield will be one of 1,000 participants from 85 countries marching in a parade, which kicks off Marathon Weekend. A fireworks display will be presented by Poland Spring at about 6:30 p.m.
Dellifield ran cross-country in high school, then got away from running. He started participating in marathons in 2009, and got sick in 2011. Dellifield, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer on Feb. 2, 2011. He received radiation five days a week and chemotherapy once a week for three hours for two months. He finished his cancer treatments on May 2, 2011, two days after he completed the Flying Pig Marathon.
Dellifield’s wife, Jami, on a whim was playing around on the website of the New York City Marathon, and hit upon a button that said, Tell Us Your Story, why are you running? She sent the site Dellifield’s story.
“In the last 10 days or so, I received an email that said. ‘Congratulations, you have been selected to be part of the opening ceremonies.’ I called my wife and she said, ‘I didn’t think you would be picked, that’s why I didn’t tell you,’” Dellifield said with a laugh.
Dellifield’s family, which includes his wife, Jami, and two children, Nora, 12, and Ian, 10, will be representing caregivers on race day in New York City. They are confirmed volunteers at Mile 17 in Central Park and will work an eight-hour shift to give water and encouragement to the runners as they pass by on the 26.2-mile marathon.
Dellifield has decided to raise money for Not By Choice Outreach, of Kenton. The Send Cancer on Run 2: All the Way to the Big Apple Event #2 will occur from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 in Ada. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University. This is a three-mile fun run/walk around the sidewalks on the Tundra for all ages and abilities and will happen rain or shine. The entry fee is a minimum of a quarter per participant.
“This is kind of our way of doing something for them. The money goes to patients. We are trying to raise 50,266 quarters, which is based on the number of finishers from last years New York Marathon. These quarters will go to Not By Choice Outreach,” Dellifield said.
He encourages everyone to bring as many quarters as you are able to help support Not By Choice Outreach.
Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made payable to Not By Choice Outreach and sent to Dellifield, c/o Ready Set Grow Preschool, 4171 State Route 235, Unit B, Ada, OH 45810 or by visiting http://www.gofundme.com/dtz41g.
Apple Festival winners announced
LIMA — The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District offered an apple pie contest during the 2014 Apple Festival on Sept. 27.
Winners included, first place — Janice Warnecke; second place — Kristen Bohn; third place — Tina Campbell; fourth place — Miriam Dienhart; fifth place — Rochelle Johnson; and sixth place — Cheryl Whetsler.
Lee’s Famous Recipe sponsored this contest.
West Ohio Food Bank acquires box truck
LIMA — The West Ohio Food Bank has been able to acquire a 24-foot refrigerated box truck, thanks to PotashCorp’s donation of $85,000 and the United Way of Hancock County’s grant of $22,500.
This truck can hold up to 10 pallets of frozen and perishable food and replaces a 20-year-old vehicle.
The United Way of Hancock County’s matching grant included donations from the Dominion Foundation, the Bob and Phyllis Boyer Fund and an anonymous $10,000 donation as well as many other smaller donations.
Some of the excess funds from this truck funding drive are being held in reserve as “seed money” for the purchase of the next truck replacement which is needed as soon as possible.
Anyone interested in donating toward the “truck fund” can contact the West Ohio Food Bank at 419-222-7946 or through the “DONATE” tab at http://wofb.org.