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Kennett Run Charities distributes $50K to local groups, schools

10/25/2016 12:03PM ● By Richard Gaw
By Richard L. Gaw
Staff Writer

Kennett Run Charities, the fundraising and gift-giving subsidiary of the annual Kennett Run, distributed more than $50,000 to 45 local organizations and one dozen schools, during ceremonies Oct. 20, at the Genesis Building in Kennett Square.
Now in its 27th year, Kennett Run Charities has distributed over $1 million in gift and in-kind donations to local groups, schools and organizations. The seeds of the organization date back to 1989, when Rotarian Michael R. Perna proposed to the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Kennett Square that Rotary join with other Kennett area service clubs to host an event designed to accomplish three major goals: to achieve sustainable camaraderie among Kennett area service organizations and citizens, and the fostering of an esprit decorps among the ethnically, economically, and occupationally diverse groups that comprise our community; to establish a fundraising vehicle that would net ever-increasing sums for expenditure to promote the general well-being and civic betterment of Kennett area residents, organizations and projects; and to showcase of the town of Kennett Square to the region, the nation and the world.
This year's Kennett Charities recipients were the Avondale, Kennett, Longwood and Po-Mar-Lin fire companies; the Longwood Rotary; the Kennett Area YMCA; the Lions Club and Rotary Club of Kennett Square; Community Volunteers in Medicine; Family Services of Chester County; KATS, Inc. Pantomime; Kennett Area Park & Recreation; the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County; Together for Education; Historic Kennett Square; the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance; Camp Dreamcatcher; Carter Community Development Corp.; Chester County Intermediate Unit Family Literacy Program; the Crime Victims' Center of Chester County; the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County; the Garage Community & Youth Centers in Kennett Square and West Grove; the Kennett Flash; the Kennett Symphony of Chester County; the Avon Grove chapter of Meals on Wheels of Chester County; the Spanish Health Ministry; the Barn at Spring Brook Farm; the Kennett Education Foundation; Living Bridges; the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation; the Adult Literacy Program at the Kennett Library; Family Promise of southern Chester County; the Kennett After School Association; the Kennett Area Senior Center; La Communidad Hispana; the Unionville Community Fair; Wings for Success; Young Moms; Good Neighbors, Inc.; the Kennett Area Park Authority; the Tick Tock Early Learning Center; Kennett Area Community Service; and the WIN program in the Kennett Consolidated School District.
In addition, contributions from the Kennett Run's FUND RUN were awarded to the Bancroft, Chadds Ford, Greenwood, Hillendale, New Garden, Pocopson and Unionville elementary schools; Mary D. Lang Kindergarten; the Kennett and Patton middle schools; and Kennett and Unionville high schools.
To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail [email protected].