Arthritis benefit has woman on run

Volunteer Spotlight

November 26, 1995|By Kevin Harrison

The volunteer: Agnes Abernethy is a member of the board of directors of the Southern Branch of the Arthritis Foundation and promoter of one of the foundation's fund-raisers each year -- the Jingle Bell Run.

A music teacher who retired from Annapolis High School, Mrs. Abernethy has started a second career as a real estate agent with Prudential Preferred Properties in Eastport.

Each year as the date of the run approaches, she jingles bells and sings over the office public address system to make everyone aware that the time to pledge and participate has arrived.

A mother of three adult children, Mrs. Abernethy has lived in the county since 1960.

Her husband, Rufus Abernethy, was minister of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Eastport for 30 years.

Mrs. Abernethy has been on the Arthritis Foundation board for almost six years.

Comments: "It's been my joy to work with this office because the spirit is just wonderful. They enjoy being involved. This year we have two runners and two walkers participating.

"Already we have over $500 in pledges. I always say that you don't have to run or walk, but you can support it.

"My doctor asked me if I would consider being a member of the board. I found out that the Jingle Bell Run was one of their fund-raisers and shared it with the office here.

"As a Prudential team, we've been supporting it each year. Some call me the 'Jingle Bell Lady.'

"Last year we won first place, with the highest team average in donations.

It's important to let clients and customers know that you're about other things, that you're about helping people and that you're service oriented and interested in the community.

"The Lord works through us. He can only do what we allow him to do. When we're open to things, a lot more gets done.

About the event: The Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 on the B & A Bike Trail at Marley Station in Glen Burnie.

Registration for the 8K and 5K Fun Run/Walk can be done in advance or beginning at 7:15 a.m. the day of the race.

Prizes will be awarded for categories such as the largest team, most pledges collected by an individual and by a team.

All participants will receive a T-shirt.

Organizers have planned activities for children, such as the popular Rudolph Romp. Santa also will attend.

It is requested that pledges be collected in advance.

For information on the Southern Branch of the Arthritis Association event, call 544-5433.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, 21122.

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