Yates County walkers were full of Hope

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express
Family and friends of those who have died of cancer participated in the memorial candlelight lap at the second annual Yates County Hope Walk Saturday, Aug. 26. Participants and sponsors raised a record $37,000 to help local cancer victims as they pursue treatment for the disease.

For the second year running, the playing field at the Yates Community Center on North Main Street in Penn Yan hosted the 2017 Hope Walk, the fundraising relay walk for cancer patient support. Teams exceeded last year’s total of over $33,000 by about $4,000. And all of the $37,000 will benefit Yates County residents.

The Hope Walk organizers created their own local event in 2016 after the American Cancer Society declared Yates County to be too small to host another Relay for Life of its own. Rather than the small percentage in the past, all funds raised by Hope Walk will go to support local cancer patients and their families as they seek treatment for the disease.

Hope Walk Chair Dawn Shipman praises all the efforts of the teams and the 225 Hope Walkers. “We still have a couple more events before the end of the year,” says Shipman, “which we HOPE will bring us to our $40,000 goal.”

Team captains were

• Ron Miller, Bluff Point Christian Crusaders

• George Dornberger, Cancer Crushers

•  Pat Moravec, Chicks for a Cure (and a few Roosters)

•  Karen Hadley, Dundee Tumorators

•  Melissa Parsons, Foot Prints

• Cindy Murphy, Hoofin’ For Hooters

•  Addy Yonts, Hope Walk Heroes

•  Ron Miller, Lions Club

•  Kari DeWick, LNB

• Deb Kernahan, Richies Rooters

•  Dusty Baker, Teachers For Hope

•  Stephanie Gleason, Team Gleason

•  Alicia Parkhurst, Team Parkhurst

•  Dawn Smith, Team Supernana

Event sponsors for the 2017 Hope Walk are:

• Diamond Level ($1,001 - $5,000)

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund

• Platinum Level ($1,000)

Seneca Lakes Duck Hunters Association, Moravec Water Wells, Once Again Shoppe, Custom Pest Control.

• Gold Level ($500 - $999)

Lyons National Bank, YCRR, Ameriprise Financial, Lowe's of Canandaigua, Water Street Wine & Spirits, Penn Yan Elks Lodge 1722,

• Silver Level ($250 - $499)

Oolay the Clown, Carey's Rental, Marble's Automotive, Dailey Electric, Admar Supply, AK Climate Storage, O'Connell Electric Company, Coach and Equipment, Knapp and Schlappi Lumber Company, Hampton Inn Penn Yan, Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Rooster Hill Vineyards, RonKMiller.com, Elm Street Barber Shop, Morgan’s Grocery, Community Bank (Main Street), Eaves Family Dental Group

• Bronze Level ($100 - $249)

Ribble’s Septic Service, Ground Water Systems, Mike's Construction, VanDyke Septic, Bow & Wow K-9 B&B, Climbing Bines Craft Ale Company, Horning's Greenhouse, F.G. Wright Insurance Agency, Keuka Health Care, Microtel Inn & Suites, Best Western, Finger Lakes Realty, Flying Colors, Mark & Deb Malcolm, Longs Milk Haulers, DJ Builders & Remodelers, Village Drug, Water Street Pharmacy, Weldon Funeral Home, K&K Auto Parts – CarQuest, Morgan Marine, Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram(Penn Yan), Ravin’s Landing, Jeff & Lisa Smith, Penn Yan Plumbing and Heating, Washburn Excavating, Eastside Grill, Hudson's Pipes and Pumps, Lifetime Care, Les & Wanda Wood, Dundee Fire Co. Inc