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September 21, 2013

‘Anything for the kids’: Annual Walk/Run 4RKids event held at David Allen Memorial Ballpark

ENID, Okla. — A party atmosphere prevailed at David Allen Memorial Ballpark Saturday morning during the annual Walk/Run 4RKids event.

Walking and running teams came to go around the track and turn in the money they raised.

Along the top of the stadium, booths and tents invited participants to try their hand at the bean-bag toss, bucket game, plinko, balloon throw, ring toss and wheel of fortune. They also could buy T-shirts, bid in a silent auction for quilts and buy tickets in a raffle for a designer clock.

Two tables full of gift baskets donated by sponsors waited to be handed out.

“They’ll go to some of the first top teams and then they’ll go to drawings,” said Mary Lassiter, a 4RKids board member.

Members of the Chisholm High School student council manned the concession stand.

Outside the stadium, Richard Schultz, Steve Phillips, Nathan Lee and Larry Daughtery grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for participants. The four are all employees of Enid Mack Truck.

Enid Mack Truck is a sponsor of the annual walk/run. Troy Phillips, owner of Enid Mack Truck, always is inclined to help with events that benefit children, Steve Phillips said.

“Anything for the kids,” Steve Phillips said. “We just got done doing Mack Mania the other day. We had a great turnout for that.”

Schultz’s wife, Vicki Schultz, and son, Matthew Schultz, also were enjoying the activities. Matthew Schultz’s disability was part of the inspiration for Vicki Schultz to become a 4RKids board member.

The outfield was full of inflatables and a swing ride. Bonnie Vculek, also a board member, took photos of people who posed.

Pediatrician Barbara Whinery and her husband, Bret Whinery, founders of 4RKids, were also on hand.

“We have a son who has Down syndrome and we wanted to raise awareness of Down syndrome and kids who have special needs in our community,” Barbara Whinery said. “This is our 11th Walk.”

Cory Richardson was one of the walkers on the “Shining Star” team.

“I’m here to do the walk and play the games,” Richardson said. “This is my first time.”

“We had about 500 people,” said Tricia Mitchell, program director for 4RKids Foundation. “There were 27 teams that raised over $11,000.”

Mitchell said that between walking teams, runners, in-kind donations and the like, the walk raised over $45,000.

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