Rightditarod a big success

Righditarod #4, The Right Path’s own “race against hunger,” Saturday, March 1, was a huge success thanks to our many supporters.

Food 4 Less has shared shopping carts with us for the past four years. Our event was centered in the parking lot of Food 4 Less and our challenge sites included Pike Street partners Apex/True Value, Wendy’s, Auto Mart and Verizon.

Our grocery shopping piece was an integral part of last year’s race and this year, thanks to the generosity of new partner Care Source, it was even bigger and better. In the past, teams were encouraged to “phone a friend” to fulfill their shopping list challenge. This year they shopped at Food 4 Less with a 2-part grocery list. The left side consisted of staples that our pantry partners consider essential; the right side of the list were “wish list” items such as meats, cheeses, fresh foods, diapers, etc., totaling $100. Thanks to Care Source each team selected an envelope containing a gift card for $25, $50 or $100. This allowed our teams to better stock the shelves of our local pantries.

Thanks to Ray Blackburn and Wendy’s for their continued support of The Right Path. A special community night at our area Wendy’s provided funds for the pantry fund at Marietta Community Foundation. In addition, they formed “Team Wendy’s” and opened their doors to host Wendy’s Trivia Challenge.

Thanks to our other challenge sites; Apex/True Value ( Hope your “Drill Skills” line up); Auto Mart (Best Sales Pitch); Verizon Best Song and Dance Routine); Don Drumm Stadium (Best Relay Race); Best Glam Shot, Bubble Boom, Best Problem Solver were all held inside Food 4 Less. Thanks to Discount Signs and Awnings; Penny and Kenny, for changing the dates and location on our banner.

Special thanks to our teams: Marietta Rotary (most dollars raised, best bubble blowing); Wendy’s; MHS SADD (best sales pitch); Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church’s Sweatin’ to the ’80s (best glamour shot); MC Rotaract; Hades Ladies (Wendy’s trivia); Hand me Downs (problem solvers, best costume, best song and dance, best home improvement and best time); Cares a Lot. They fulfilled their challenges and raised big dollars to help our area food pantries stock their shelves.

Thanks to Jim Amrine and Amrine Awards for our trophies; Judges Jeff Waite, Bob Harlow, Justin Moody, Karen and Carl Waller, Miriam Keith, Dee Standish, Jim Herron, Jay Richards; Clear Channel radio, John Chalfant, Greg Siegfried; Joan Alexander; Roger Forshey of Roger’s Imaging; Bucky Lee and everyone who participated, donated and helped in any way. Thanks to The Right Path, Washington County Behavioral Health Board, United Way, Marietta Times, Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Jolene Craig, Claire Heiby, Marietta College; Diane Bruno; Marietta Community Foundation, Carol Wharff and Heather Allender, WMOA Radio, John Wharff, Dominion East Ohio for their $10,000 donation to our food pantry fund at Marietta Community Foundation and all who promoted our event.

Please join The Right Path at Spagna’s for our “all you can eat” spaghetti fundraiser to help fund our 10th summer of safe teen events, Sunday, April 13, 4 to 7 p.m., $10/person.

Cathy Harper, on behalf of The Right Path Board, A United Way Agency.