YMCA holding ‘Hog Jog’ fundraiser Saturday

Charles Warner Editor

October 25, 2013

BUFFALO — Breakfast and the opportunity to help the needy will be on the schedule of a fundraising event sponsored by the Union County YMCA Saturday morning.

CEO Scott Sandor said that, as they have for the past decade, the owners of Midway BBQ will sponsor the YCMA’s annual “Hog Jog” fundraiser.

“The Hog Jog is a 5K run that we do every year,” Sandor said Thursday. “It is sponsored by Jay and Amy Allen from Midway BBQ. They sponsor it to help support the Y in our annual sustaining campaign.”

Sandor described the sustainining campaign as an structured annual campaign the YMCA conducts to raise funds for its financial assistance program. The program enables low-income families and individuals to participate in the Y’s actitivities that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

The Hog Jog is the second fundraiser the Y has held this month as part of its sustaining campaign.

On Oct. 10, the Y held an auction of the work of another of its supporters, Harold Simmons, who’d assembled, framed and donated jigsaw puzzles. The puzzles, along with other items produced by Simmons, were auctioned off in an event that raised more than $1,000 for the Y’s financial assistance program.

The Hog Jog raises funds through the registration fees paid by the participants. The fee for adults is $20 while the fee for children 14 and under is $10.

Sandor said that registration for the Hog Jog will continue until just before it begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

“People can still register here at the Y to participate,” Sandor said. “They can also come to Midway around seven on Saturday morning and register then, too.”

Sandor said the Hog Jog will begin at Midway BBQ.

“They’ll go up (SC) 215 to Times Boulevard and then to Rice Avenue Extension,” Sandor said. “Then they’ll turn right onto Rice Avenue Extension and go to the Timken Sports Complex where they’ll do a lap around the main parking lot. Next they’ll run down Rice Avenue Extension to Lukesville Road, turn right onto it and run to Duncan Avenue. They’ll turn right onto Duncan Avenue and finish up behind Midway.”

Sandor said that those who take part in the Hog Jog will be served breakfast at Midway BBQ. He said the menu will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, and grits.

For those who accompany the participants but do not actually run themselves, Sandor said they too can get breakfast at a reduced cost. He said breakfast for adults will be $5 and $2 for children 14 and under.

For more information about the Hog Jog and the services provided by Union County YMCA contact 864-427-0668 or ssandor@unionymca.org.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.