Walk So They May Ride and 40th Anniversary “Big Thank-you” a success!

Posted on Sep 26, 2016



walkathon-2016-019walkathon-2016-011The Pawling community came together on Saturday September 17th to support the Pawling Resource Center and celebrate its 40 years of service. In the morning, more than forty walkers and one canine stroller joined Resource Center staff and board members to walk through Pawling village. With personal sponsorships of the walkers, and corporate sponsors, the walkathon has brought in over $16,000 to support the programs of the Resource Center. Corporate sponsors who donated generously were Pawling Engineered Products, Pawling Corporation, Fayne & Ross Daniels, Salvatore Di Grandi, MD, Ingersoll Auto, Joe Downey Auto, Anna Lindstrom, Webatuck Carpentry, Joseph Meunier & Sons, Pat and Dave Bloom, Ex-Klar Technologies, Fountain Plumbing & Heating, Inc., American Legion Hasler Kamp Post no 215, Utter Brothers, and The Book Cove. In addition, Parrinos Greenhouse, Eastern Hay, Hannaford’s and McKinney and Doyle Fine Foods donated some of their products to enliven the event.


The Big Thank You party in the afternoon at Lakeside Park was a joyful celebration of the Resource Center’s 40th anniversary, to thank all of the volunteers, donors and supporters who make this organization a viable resource. A barbeque, musical entertainment, and children’s activities filled the afternoon. MC for the event, Sheriff Butch Anderson, talked about the founding of the center, and introduced Town Supervisor Dave Kelly, who read a commendation for the PRC. County Legislator John Thomes read a certificate of recognition for the PRC from County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Senator Terrence Murphy sent a proclamation honoring the PRC and all it provides for the community. AT&T representative Ed Bergstraesser spoke about the benefit of supporting the PRC food pantry.  Entertainers Jaime Cairney and Anthony Gach regaled the guests with song, and the Pawling Fire department was on hand with a “touch me” truck for young children to tour. The Pawling Free Library provided min-golf stations creatively engineered by children and their families, and Pawling Scouts Wesley Johnson and Dalton Woodin assisted players. Jeremy Busolt, Sean O’Rourke and Bill Riley and helpers served up some might fine food, with additional food from Vinnie’s deli. Pawling Resource Center Program Coordinator Terry Ariano thanked the many donors and supporters of the PRC and distributed certificates for all who volunteer time and service to the organization.

The event was supported by the PRC Board of Trustees, Sheriff Butch Anderson, Cartwright and Daughters, Curtis Instruments Inc., Danosky & Associates, Dutchess Auto Body, Fairway Accounting, Inc., Jeremy Busolt & Friends, Jacque Butterfly, JTI Truck & Auto Repair, McGrath’s Tavern, Mahaffey’s, Mizzentop Day School, NYU Langone / Village Medical, The Pawling Fire Department Pawling Public Radio, Pawling Rotary Club, The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation, Vinny’s Deli, and Wings Over Water .

Photos by Laurie Spens captured the fun and cameraderie of the day with fabulous photos. A final raffle and prizes were awarded some lucky attendees. A good time was had by all!