High-schooler's service project a 5K race for diabetes research


February 28, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN Glen Burnie High School sophomore Brok McFerron suggested a 5-kilometer race for a community service project, his teacher John Himmelheber had reservations that a student could organize such a large-scale event.

His concerns will be put to rest Sunday, when runners take their mark at 9 a.m. at Brok's "Kiss A Pig 5K" at the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park in Elkridge.

The cost is $10 for running club members and $20 for other participants.

County graduation standards require students to have community service hours.

"When he came to me with the idea of holding a race I gave him a 1 percent chance to succeed, but he came through," Mr. Himmelheber said.

Brok, aided by teammate Greg Skipper, has been preparing for the race for months. Most of the time has been spent persuading sponsors to help defray the cost of prizes and T-shirts.

"I didn't realize how much time it would take to get this started," Brok acknowledged.

Brok, a member of Glen Burnie High's track team, hopes the race will become an annual event to raise money for medical research. Proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. The one with the most contributions for the charity gets the "opportunity" to kiss the pig.

Winners will receive T-shirts and other prizes. State Sen. John A. Cade and Del. Michael E. Busch are among those raising money. Others on the pig-kissing list are Mike Riordan and Mike Ashford, owners or Riordan's and McGarvey's saloons at the

Annapolis City Dock, and Gus Leanos of Annapolis Gourmet.

In case of rain or snow, the race will be held March 11.

For registration information, call Brok, 969-8282, or Patrick Monaghan of the ADA, 526-2900.

Play golf and eat

Duffers can practice their putting when the Rotary Club of Glen Burnie has its fifth annual Indoor Golf Tournament and Bull Roast Saturday at the Comfort Inn Hotel in Linthicum.

Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tee-off time is 6 p.m. with a shotgun start.

Registration is $55 for individuals, $220 for a foursome and $30 for nongolfers who wish to attend the bull roast.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Foursome, Ladies' Best, Men's Best and and a Hole-in-One contest. Door prizes also will be given.

Proceeds will benefit community projects sponsored by the Rotary such as the high school college scholarship fund, Harundale Youth and Family Center and the Healthy Generations Program.

For information, call Dennis Pye, 766-1200.

VFW plans bull roast

VFW Post 160 members and their guests are invited to a bull and oyster roast Sunday at the post home on Dorsey Road.

Dinner will be served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Proceeds will help repair damage caused by the blizzard last month.

For information, call 437-1099.

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