This year's event will benefit the Sherwood Education Foundation along with the Sherwood Senior Center and Faith in Action
by: Contributed photo, A NEW VOLUNTEER – Jaelyn Clopfil, one of the youngest volunteers from last year’s Oregon’s Run for the Roses, celebrates after the fundraising event.

Sherwood's students have a new benefactor, but they'll have to share the money with their elders.

This year, for the first time ever, Oregon's Run for the Roses - traditionally a fund-raiser for Sherwood's Senior Center and local Faith in Action volunteer caregivers' organization - also will benefit the Sherwood Education Foundation.

In return, the Education Foundation has taken on many of the organization efforts that used to fall on just a handful of volunteers from Faith in Action and the Senior Center.

'The partnership really benefits everyone in the community,' says Tracy Oakley, one of the lead volunteers for the Run for the Roses run/walk event. 'The people helping with this event include everyone from Girl Scouts to seniors … and it's nice to see them working together.'

Dianne Pierce, the executive director of the Education Foundation, hopes being included in such a popular event - the event is sanctioned by the Portland Rose Festival and past Run for the Roses have attracted several hundred runners, with some coming from as far away as Maryland and Japan - will help raise awareness for the Foundation and the work it does in Sherwood's schools.

'The Education Foundation is working with the school district and we've agreed to fund the arts in primary through secondary grades,' Pierce says. 'That's in addition to the grants we award each year.'

Those grants, which are awarded to people like Sherwood High School engineering teacher John Neiberman, help bring new technologies and teaching materials into the local schools to directly benefit students inside the classrooms.

But funding Sherwood schools' art programs is a huge undertaking and something the Run for the Roses event will help fund.

Organizers say half of the money raised will go to the Education Foundation and half of the money will be split between the Senior Center and Faith in Action, a network of volunteer caregivers in Sherwood.

So far, organizers say the new partnership has been a smooth transition and is attracting new blood to the event.

Peggy Federspiel, the former director of the Sherwood Senior Center, started the Run for the Roses event five years ago with her husband, Mark Federspiel, director of Faith in Action. She says a March kick-off drew a good mix of people.

'We were pleased with the number of people who showed up in March and there was a good mix between seniors and families with kids,' Federspiel says.

The momentum is building for this year's fifth annual Oregon Run for the Roses.

Already, some major contributors, including the city of Sherwood, Adams Screenprinting, the Rotary Club of Sherwood, Providence, and Peter Kort Roses, have already jumped on board to support this year's run/walk; but more sponsors are needed. Companies interested in becoming a Run for the Roses sponsor have six options, from being a bronze sponsor for $250 to becoming a title sponsor for $10,000. Title sponsors will have their company logo on the front of all participant t-shirts; be able to have one of their representatives act as the official at the start of the race; get their company's name identified in all promotional material; and will have their name listed as 'Run for the Roses presented by (company name)' in the actual race title.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 1, with a new addition this year - the 2K Kids Run, which is actually open to all ages. At 8:30 a.m., a 5K walk for all ages gets started, along with a 5K or 10K run for various age categories, ranging from 14 and under to 70 and older. All of the walks and runs start and finish at Sherwood High School, 16956 S.W. Meinecke Road, Sherwood. Runners in the 5K and 10K events will be professionally timed with results posted online. Cash awards will be presented to the top runners in each age category. All participants will be entered in a raffle and every person to complete their run or walk will receive a rose.

The cost to participate in the 10K run is $30; 5K run is $25; 5K walk is $20; and 2K kids run is $15. All registrants will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Runners and walkers may register the day of the event starting at 6:30 a.m., but will have to pay an additional $5. For more registration or event information, visit www.oregonsrunforthe or call 503-925-0585.

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