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More than 50 Valley Haven clients took part in their annual Fun Walk on Friday morning. With it raining outside, they switched the walk inside and had lots of fun walking at a brisk pace up and down the halls inside the school. They walked for approximately 20 minutes and had a cheering section made up of Executive Director Craig Brown, the Valley Haven staff and Bradshaw-Chambers County Librarian Mary Hamilton. They raised $17,000 for the Hike/Bike/Run.

Valley Haven School walks to raise money

VALLEY — A Friday morning rain shower didn’t dampen the fun of Valley Haven School’s annual Fun Walk.

Rather than walking along a designated course outside the school, more than 50 clients walked up and down the halls at a spirited pace and had lots of fun doing it. They walked at a brisk pace for approximately 20 minutes while Executive Director Craig Brown, members of the staff and Bradshaw-Chambers County Librarian Mary Hamilton lined the route and cheered them on.

“This was a good day in spite of the rain,” Brown said. “Everyone had a good time, and we raised over $17,000 for the Hike/Bike/Run. That’s more than we raised in last year’s Fun Walk.”

Jeffrey Westfall was this year’s top fundraiser for the Fun Walk.

The next big event for the Hike/Bike/Run will be the annual auction. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 26 at Valley Community Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m., so that everyone can see the items that will be going up for bids.

“We would love to see you there,” Brown said. “There’s always a lot of fun and excitement that goes with the auction. Some people like to come and see what’s for sale and what’s being bid for those items. It’s really good when you leave with something nice.”

The Hike/Bike/Run will be taking place on Saturday, May 4. That’s when most of the money will be raised for this year’s fundraiser. People will be hiking, biking and running for pledges. The concluding event for this year’s Hike/Bike/Run will be taking place at Valley Bowl on Tuesday evening, May 7. There will be lots of fun for everyone who takes part in bingo or a bowling tournament.