5K raised $4K for veterans’ medical van service

Staff Reports Posted 11 November 2019 at 7:37 am

Provided photo: Operation Honor flag winners include Eli Van Buren, Arian Cayea and Katie Olinger.

MEDINA –  The second annual Operation Honor 5k run/walk was Saturday and raised $4,000 in much-needed funds for the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Van Service.

The money was raised through sponsorships and participation fees to be in the race/walk that started at the Junior Wilson’s Sportsmen’s Club on Bates Road.

Sarah Levanduski-Surdel and Jenn Thom organized the second annual event and thanked the sponsors, participants and volunteers.

First place in the 5k run was shared by the male winners Arian Cayea and Jack Hill who tied with a time of 18:04. The first female winner was Katie Olinger who clocked in with a 25:49. Cayea and Hill donated their first place American flag prize to the third place winner Eli Van Buren.

Funds from this year’s event will provide support to keep the vans running and replacing them when needed. The medical van service is an all-volunteer organization from office staff to drivers and provides transportation to medical appointments to over 1,600 veterans yearly with over 4,800 hours of volunteer service.

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