WLHS athletic fund receives $1,040

The results are in for the second annual Tonkin For the Love of Schools fun run. by: VERN UYETAKE - Michelle Tonkin organized the second annual For the Love of Schools fun run, held on June 2.

Held June 2 in Wilsonville, the event brought a total of $20,291 to West Linn-Wilsonville schools. Compared to last year’s proceeds of about $5,000, that number had everyone smiling when Michelle Tonkin met at the district office July 11 with Superintendent Bill Rhoades and representatives from school groups including Music and Arts Partners, the Education Foundation and Wilsonville High School athletics.

“No business could ask for better growth than this,” said Scott Mitchell, director of e-commerce for the Tonkin group’s Audi Wilsonville.

The event’s sign-up process allowed people to select from a group of education supporters as they registered, and the Tonkin group donated 100 percent of the registration fees to the designated organizations.

The Education Foundation received $6,516 in registration fees, followed by Wilsonville High School’s athletic fund, which received a total of $5,441. That amount will be divided among different athletic groups, with girls lacrosse receiving $2,225; the general athletic fund, $2,026; boys lacrosse, $500; golf, $350; football, $185; and cross country, $155.

Three Rivers Charter School received a total of $4,516, while Music and Art Partners (MAP) received $2,776. West Linn High School’s athletic fund received $1,040, split between the general athletic fund, which received $690, and the cheer squad, which received $ VERN UYETAKE - School supporters met with Michelle Tonkin on July 11 to discuss the fun run results. From left, back row, are Dennis Burke, Wilsonville High School assistant principal; Patti Millage, Music and Arts Partner treasurer; Jay Puppo, WL-WV Education Foundation president. Seated are Michelle Tonkin and Superintendent Bill Rhoades.

“It’s a huge way of saying to kids, ‘Whatever you want to do, you can do it. We will support you,” Mitchell said.

Based on this year’s success, Tonkin announced her decision to expand the run next year.

She is in discussion with several area school districts and has confirmations from two. The 2014 For the Love of School fun run will include Parkrose and Canby.

It doesn’t dilute the event as a fundraiser to add more school districts, Tonkin said, because each district brings its own supporters. And adding others to the race has at least one advantage, Tonkin said. “What a way to showcase our city.”

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