Paddy O'Quigley's 0.5K Winter Dash
'Tis gonna be an event like no other and we've teamed up with the folks from the Brian M. Anselmo Foundation (www.bmafoundation.org) to get it planned up and put together.
Of course, the proceeds will be benefitin' this fine charity, which does lot of honorable work for children's and family causes, including Charlie's House, Operation Breakthrough, Bags of Fun Kansas City, Noah's Bandage Project, Kids TLC, and more. There's a wee bit more about the charity later in this newsletter...see below.
About The "Race"
'Tis just once around the building, but don't let that distance scare ya off. Our friends from McCormick Distilling are sponsoring our Halfway House Aid Station with a nice warm beverage to keep ya goin' to the finish line.
Each racer will receive a drawstring backpack stuffed with gear like
- A warm, cozy and seasonally welcome stockin' cap
- A "0.5K" race sticker ('tis for puttin' on your car for a bit o' braggin')
- A warm beverage from the Halfway House Aid Station (plus hot cocoa for kids)
- 'N a wee bit more (in other words, we're still gettin' in good stuff)
The race itself will cost just $45 for pre-registers, or $50 on the day of the event. Kids 12 and under are just $10. Register early and lock in your spot in this most exclusive and uncompetitive field.
Sponsorships are available - just contact Tim at 913-908-9958 for more information. Speaking of sponsors. We'd like to thank our early sponsors: DJ Nolen, owner of Full Court Lawns; and McCormick Distilling, makers of some our favorite quenchibles.
Now - with a race like a 0.5K, ya wouldn't be thinkin' that regular prizes would suffice would ya? Adult "winners" will get some special steins for holdin' great quenchibles while the wee 'lil ones will get always wanted trophies.
Prizes will be handed out for:
- Fastest Finisher
- Slowest Finisher (pictured)
- Best Dressed
- Worst Dressed
- Oldest Finisher
- Youngest Finisher
In addition to all that, we'll also be puttin' together lotsa fun, includin' the fast pitch with Coach DJ Nolen and his radar gun, a little pop-a-shot basketball challenge, and other entertainment for the whole family.
There'll be a raffle too with a Wolf Creek golf package, a kids party package featuring horseback riding, and a Spa Day package.
A Bit More About Our Charity
Mission Statement: Knowing that Brian believed in the Jesuit tradition of being "A Man for Others," it is our aim to positively touch the lives of others through charitable giving, providing educational opportunities and promoting animal welfare in his name.
About Brian: Brian was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. He was a young man with great promise whose life was cut short at age 28.
Brian was very athletic. From his early days at St. Thomas More Grade School playing on the fields and courts of the Parochial League and playing soccer for the Undinese Soccer Club, where he was chosen as a Missouri Olympic Development soccer player, Brian learned to love and excel in sports. He played soccer, football, basketball and track at Rockhurst High School, loving every minute of it. Finally, he went to the University of Missouri where he played football until an injury forced him to quit.
Although sports were a very important part of Brian's life, he also valued his education. He was on the honor roll in both grade school and high school. In college, he was named a scholar athlete on the football team and graduated with a degree in finance.
Brian was a risk taker, an attribute he exemplified when he turned to poultry farming, something he knew nothing about. With the help of his business partner, Frank Reese, he helped the Good Shepherd Ranch grow and quickly become nationally recognized. He became an expert in humane farming and worked with the Animal Welfare Institute educating other farmers on the standards of humane farming. His last vision was to build a research institute on their farm to educate farmers from around the world.
Even though Brian is no longer with us, his name will be carried on through the work of his foundation.
~~~~~ Final Words: An Old Irish Poem ~~~~~
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed, and always dear