Racing For Awareness

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The 29th annual Goodwill Wheel-a-Thon event took place on Saturday, May 18 at Tri- Rivers Career Center in Marion.

Nine teams, some with members who never sat in a wheelchair before, raced to see who would be first to complete three lengths of a course about 60 feet long.

Third place winners were from the team: Marion Kiwanis sponsored by Marion Noon Kiwanis. Second place winners were from the team: Team Clarity sponsored by Clarity Technology Solutions and the first place winners (once again) were from the team:
Jordan’s Hotwheels sponsored by Dr. Bipin Desai.

The efforts of Goodwill, local volunteers and sponsors helped to raise over $23,000.00. Funds were raised through sponsorships, racing, auction items, 50/50, Round Up at the Goodwill retail stores and a spaghetti dinner provided by the Warehouse. Proceeds benefit Goodwill programs and services that improve lives and empower the communities we serve.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Community Sponsors
• Marion Noon Kiwanis
• Verne Hart/ Grange Insurance
• Medical Mutual
• Wilson Marketing

Corporate Sponsors
• Kohl’s
• Marion Technical College
• Rush Truck Center
• Omness Design
• Cooper’s Bowl
• OhioHealth

Leadership Sponsors
• The Culp Sisters
• Marion Industrial Center
• Marion Auto Sales
• Dr. Bipin DeSai
• Johnson Property Services
• Clarity Technology Services
• The Dixon Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
• Vector Security
• Fahey Bank
• Wyandot, Inc.
• The Door Guys
• A1 Printing
• Marion Young Professionals

Team Sponsors
• Henry Lumber
• DePolo & Associates
• Howald Industrial Park
• Ridgedale Lions Club
• Sims Brothers Recycling
• Nachurs
• United Bank
• Stevens Construction
• Union Bank
• Wilson Bohannan Padlock Co.

In Kind Sponsors
• Vizual Express
• Marion Technical College
• The Warehouse
• Tri-Rivers Career Center
• MIPA – Physical Therapy
• Brite Lite Media Group

Auction Items Donors
• Andrew’s Pastries
• Blue Streak Auto Wash
• Carle’s Restaurant
• Carroll’s Jewelers
• Cinemark/Rave Movie Theatres
• Cooper’s Bowl
• Dan Kelly Stump Grinding, LLC
• Delmar Distributing
• The Door Guys
• Goldrush Jewelers
• Green Acres Golf Course
• Hemmerly’s Flowers & Gifts
• I Heart Media
• Jer-Zee
• Kings Mill
• Lincoln Park Aquatics Center
• Logan Tire Sales & Service
• L & P Cake & Candy Shoppe
• Marion Country Club
• Marion Family YMCA
• Marion Flower Shop
• Marion Palace Theatre
• Mega Moo Dairy Barn
• Ohio Neck Back & Pain Relief Center
• OK Cafe
• Payne’s Pizza & More
• Pop’d Sensations
• Peacock Water
• Peltier Chiropractic
• PJ’s Heating & Cooling
• Price Farms Organics
• Sansotta’s Italian
• Scioto Shoe Mart
• Showplace, Inc.
• Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
• Sports Ohio
• Stitch N Fix
• Tanger Outlets
• TC Auto Repair
• Walmart
• Whirlpool Corp.

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Goodwill Wheel-A-Thon Celebrates 28th Anniversary of Promoting Disability Awareness

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Looking for a hands-on opportunity to promote disability awareness? Marion Goodwill’s 28th Annual Wheel-A-Thon is Saturday, May 19 at the Tri-Rivers Career Center located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road. For 28 years now, the event has welcomed all members of the community to show their support for Goodwill and their mission to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers find employment. The Wheel-A-Thon features a wheelchair relay race, 50/50 raffle, auction of donated items from notable community patrons, and spaghetti dinner from the Warehouse.

Events for the Wheel-A-Thon kick off at 9:30 a.m. with team registration. The wheelchair races begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until one team is declared the big winner. The wheelchair race is a fun learning experience as three-person teams from various businesses, organizations, and schools discover how difficult it is to maneuver a wheelchair and make it move the way you want.

Throughout the event, racers and spectators can enjoy the auction and 50/50 raffle, both additional fundraisers for Goodwill. The grand finale will be the auction featuring items donated from local businesses. This year promises to deliver some intense bidding as there will be a small appliance package from Whirlpool, ladies diamond earrings from Carroll’s Jewelers, a 3-night trip to Savannah, Georgia provided by I Heart Media – Marion, an OSU quilt from Stitch ‘n Fix, and gift certificates from local restaurants and much more!

The spaghetti dinner sponsored by The Warehouse will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wheelchair owners will want to take advantage of the Wheelchair Round-Up offered by Marion Area Physical Therapy, who will once again be providing their services from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Wheelchair Round-Up features a mobility station to make minor repairs and consultations to wheelchairs, free of charge. Each chair will receive a “tune-up”, which includes a power wash, complete inspection, and repairs.

Goodwill will also be accepting wheelchair donations on behalf of Wheels for the World, an internationally recognized organization, which collects and distributes wheelchairs to disabled individuals in need. If you would like to donate a gently used wheelchair, you can bring them to the Wheel-A-Thon or to a Goodwill store near you.

For additional information about the event, including how you or your business can form a team for the races, sponsor a team, or donate an auction item, contact Kathy Wink at (740) 223-3114. Again, the event is open to the public, no RSVP necessary for spectators.

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