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Harvest Run/Walk continues community tradition

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It has been said that “Faith Moves Mountains”.

On Sunday, Ogdensburg’s 10th Harvest Walk/Run continued its legacy as an ecumenical and community happening where faith and charity combined to bring hope to families facing dire needs.

Several church groups, youth groups, local service clubs entered walkers and concerned individuals participated, or made donations, to aid local food banks. The large-scale philanthropy continued a legacy which has raised over $110,000 in the past 10 years.

A contingent from the Ogdensburg Rotary Club made the 4.5 mile walk after presenting Harvest Walk Director Sr. Donna M. Franklin, the director of Catholic Charities, with a check for $1000.

“We are very pleased with our turnout today,” Sr. Franklin said. “It was especially nice to see so many young people of the community participating. That is just great for the community.”

“We don’t have the total amount of money raised but it looks like we will have another good year.”

A 50/50 raffle raised $788.50 and was won by Phil Cosmo, Ogdensburg, who made a substantial donation from his winnings.

Even the weather cooperated as the rain and wind of the past few days subsided and warming sunshine aided the walkers and runners to complete their treks.

The concept of a Harvest/Crop walk was founded by former director of the Ogdensburg Neighborhood Anne Marie Girard 30 years ago and the OFA Key Club has been involved since year one according Key Club Advisor James E. Reagen.

“I have been the advisor for 20 years and Carol Burns did it before I did. It has always been one of our major projects,” Mr. Reagen said.

“The kids always turn out for it.”

Current Ogdensburg Neighborhood Center Director Patti Conger was actively involved in Sunday’s activity at the Ed Dobisky Memorial Community Center.

“We serve 300 families a month and this [Harvest Walk] has always a very good benefit for us,” Mrs. Conger said.

Also benefiting from the walk/run will be: outreach programs from St. John’s Episcopal Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg, Renewal House, Seaway House, the St. Vincent de Paul societies of St. Mary’s Cathedral and Notre Dame Church, outreach programs at St. Philip and James parish of Lisbon and St. Raphael’s parish of Heuvelton, the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities’ Bridging the Gap Program.

Registered groups who participated on Sunday were: the Ogdensburg Rotary Club, the Bishop Conroy School of Religion, the OFA Key Club and Builders Club, the Lisbon Central School Interact Club, Seaway House, the Seaway Saints, the First Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg, St. John’s Episcopal Church of Ogdensburg, the Notre Dame Catholic Parish of Ogdensburg, St. Raphael’s Church of Heuvelton, Team St. Mary’s Cathedral of Ogdensburg captained by Bishop Terry R. LaValley, the First Baptist Church of Ogdensburg, St. John’s Church of Morristown, St. Patrick’s Church of Hammond, St. Peter’s Church of Brier Hill and St. Phillip and James Church of Lisbon.

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