Lamprey Heath Care Thankful for 5K Support

September 17, 2009

To the Editor:

Lamprey Health Care would like to thank everyone who participated, volunteered and sponsored our annual 5K race held on Aug. 15. We were blessed with a sunny day, and the event was a tremendous success - we hope everyone had a great time despite the hot temps!

Thanks to the generosity of our runners, walkers and sponsors, the Lamprey Health Care 5K raised nearly $5,000 for Reach Out & Read, an early literacy program that promotes reading, education and a lifetime love of books. Funds raised will go to the purchase of children's books, so that each pediatric patient at Lamprey Health Care from 6 months to 5 years of age receives a new age-appropriate book at their well-child visit to encourage early literacy among parents and children.

A huge thank you to the sponsors, whose generous donations help make the event what it is: Proulx Oil & Propane Inc., Cheney Companies, The Boston Educational Network, Poland Springs, Durham Book Exchange, The Bagelry, American Citizens Club of Polish Descent, American Legion, Post 67, Bi-State Primary Care, Caprioli Painting Inc., General Linen, Gepetto's Pizzeria, Hannaford #120, Hilltop Fun Center, Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, Lemieux Insurance, Shaw's Supermarkets, Turcotte's Housing Service Inc., Up & Up Construction, Warren's Lobster House, and the Newmarket McDonald's.

Lamprey Health Care would also like to thank the folks at the Newmarket Community Center for all of their help and use of the center as the race day venue, and a big cheer for the volunteers of Club Chameleon for their help - they were fantastic! A big thanks also goes out to the town of Newmarket, the Police Department, Public Works and Fire & Rescue for all of their help during the event, as well as the Lamprey Health Care staff who volunteered - their help is greatly appreciated!

And finally, without our runners and walkers, the event wouldn't exist, so we thank you very much for your participation and supporting our Reach Out & Read Program - we look forward to having you back next year! We appreciate everything that was done to make this a terrific event.

Vanessa C. Kortze
Road race director
Lamprey Health Care