Forest Grove Lions Club draws nearly 300 people to its annual fundraiser for vision-care programs

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Runners look at their race results after the Forest Grove Lions 17th Annual Run & Walk for Sight. They walked, they ran; old, young; they brought babies and dogs. By the time it was all over last Saturday, Sept. 9., the Forest Grove Lions Club's annual Run and Walk for Sight 2017 drew nearly 300 participants. This year, the club tried holding the fundraiser at a different time — a week ahead of Forest Grove's Chalk Art Festival and Corn Roast instead of on the same day.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Kathy and Tim Gary are excited about approaching the finish line.

Although final results are still being tallied, the club's treasurer, Chris Heaton, estimates the 289 runners and walkers brought in a net profit of $9,500.

All proceeds will go to Pacific University, split between three different areas:

Community Service Awards for students; the Amigos program's third-world eye care missions; the Indigent Eye Care Fund and Equipment Replacement Fund.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Naree Reiss and Beverly Cohle (317) brought a baby along to help raise money.

To learn more about the Forest Grove Lions Club, go to PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - The course started and ended at Pacific Universitys optometry building.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Ron Cole and his dog cross the finish line together. NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Agnes Ramos crosses the finish line.

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