The Community Outreach received a check for the amount of $1,050 from funds raised during the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Pictured (l-r) are Cathy Carpineti, Al McDowell, Rob Richard, Tony DeLuca, Tamara Razzano, and Cindy Mendl.

by Dave Warner

The Little Falls Community Outreach was the recipient of a check for $1,050 from proceeds raised during last year’s Turkey Trot Run on Thanksgiving Day. Rob Richard, with the Rock City Runners and organizer of the event, made the presentation to Executive Director Tamara Razzano.

Razzano said, “it’s a boost to our morale and spirits as well to the bottom line of our programming. It reminds us that people are paying attention and people are invested and it helps us get going.”

She said that every organization has those days where it’s gray out and you’re looking at the bottom line. “Then you get this phone call from the kindest man who says hey, we want to do a fundraiser for you. It just helps you get through some of those days that are more challenging.”

Razzano says the money goes directly into their programs and right to the kids. “We instantly get to see the benefit,” she said.

Richard said that “obviously, I love running and I love putting on these races. The Turkey Trot idea is fun because people are back home for the holidays, runners or not, and maybe they want to burn off a few calories before stuffing themselves with turkey and pie.”

He said that they had roughly sixty people that ran the race this year and felt that it was an excellent turnout for a race in Little Falls. “The running community, especially on Thanksgiving is just a great group of people in the spirit of things, giving to an organization like Community Outreach that is doing so many things for the kids in Little Falls.”

Richard feels that it makes the run have more meaning and fun. “Everyone is just excited to support the organization.”

He says that he’s looking forward to organizing the event again next year and getting feedback from runners and non-runners alike to see if there are new ideas or room for expansion.