2011 Cove To Clover Fundraiser Estimated To Have Raised ‘Around $40K’


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We’re proud to have been Sponsors of this year’s Cove to Clover weekend, along with many other local businesses, and are happy to report that 2011 was a record year for the three-year old fundraiser, with an estimated $40,000 raised for local charities including the Highline Area Food Bank, Hospitality House and the Highline Schools Foundation.

Last year’s totals was just over $36,000, so we’re looking at a minimum 11% increase.

“I’m guessing that we raised around $40K this year,” Race Organizer John Nelson said via text message. “But there’s still much accounting to do…”

Rest assured, as soon as the final numbers are released, we’ll post ‘em. We’ll also post pics of the giant, cool over-sized check presentation too.

Friday night’s Pub Crawl brought in record crowds to Burien bars and restaurants. On Saturday and Sunday there was a Celtic Fair at Town Square, and of course, the big 5K race on Sunday which had around 1,500 registered runners and 814 finishers (read our previous coverage and see our photos here).

One cool feature we’d like to send huge big shout-outs about is the “Athlete Angel” program, which allowed people to sponsor needy Highline School District students for $25 each, assuring them all a spot in the race.

138 local, needy students were sponsored by “Angels,” and 20 pairs of youth running shoes were purchased with the $500 Shoemaker Donation.

You can soon view the sponsors names on the Angel Recognition Plaque in the entryway of Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub, but in the meantime here’s the info we have:

(Sponsor: # of students sponsored)

  • The Tin Room: 30
  • Marvista PTSA: 20
  • Normandy Park – Parks District: 20
  • NPR Trivia Team: 13
  • Claudia House: 4
  • Doug & Karolyn Moreland: 4
  • Greg DeTuerk: 4
  • anonymous: 4
  • Aaron Collins: 2
  • Brad McNeice: 2
  • B-Town Blog: 2
  • Katie Richardson: 2
  • Katie Sun: 2
  • Ray Fitzgibbon: 2
  • anonymous: 2
  • Casey Shearer: 1
  • Christine Terry: 1
  • CiCi Gurney: 1
  • Darcy Pintado: 1
  • Debra George: 1
  • DJ Brooks: 1
  • Gemel Archie: 1
  • Ian Schwab: 1
  • Jaiden-Anthony Archie: 1
  • Jensen and John Nelson: 1
  • JoAnne Ryan: 1
  • Kirsten Heiken: 1
  • Larry Grubb: 1
  • Mark Minium: 1
  • Matt & Nicole Hale: 1
  • Robert Johnson: 1
  • William Gurney: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1
  • anonymous: 1

TOTAL: 138

About the organization from the C2C website:

The Cove to Clover is 501(c)(3) non-profit and disburses all proceeds to other local charities including the food bank and Highline School Foundation.

The Cove to Clover event has evolved and is a truely grass-roots production. The race was originally organized by a group of friends with the mission of producing a professional and fun event that showcases the Highline community at its best. Mick Kelly’s was behind the event from the beginning and fanned the embers of enthusiam to insure they caught fire.

Local runners have responded to the vision of suffering for a good cause and the event has grown quickly. In its first year, the race had about 450 runners and was able to donated $12,000 to local charities. In the second year, our charity contribution and number of registrants nearly tripled to 1200 and $37,000.

We expect the event to continue to grow and become an institution in our community. Of course none of this could happen without the support of the sponsors, City officials and many volunteers.

Thanks for participating!  We will do our best to keep the goodness and fun flowing.

Please contact racedirector@covetoclover.com for more info.

Of course, we’re hoping that next year that C2C raises even more, but to do so it will need more donors, more volunteers and more money! Be sure to bookmark www.covetoclover.com and look to the blog for updates as it gets near.

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