Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Race Presents $20,000 to J.B. Chambers YMCA

Photo by Scott McCloskey The Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic on Thursday presented a $20,000 check to the J.B. Chambers YMCA from the 40th annual distance race. Shown during the check presentation are, from left, race Director R. “Scat” Scatterday, Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, and Adam Shinsky, YMCA executive director.

WHEELING — Between 2010 and 2015, the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic handed out more than $100,000 to six local charitable causes. That amount grew by its largest-ever one-year total on Thursday, with the race committee presenting J.B. Chambers YMCA Executive Director Adam Shinsky a check for $20,000.

Shinsky said the donation is huge for the local Y and its programs.

“In the past two years, our programs have increased dramatically, but requests also have increased for scholarships from single-parent families and for day care,” he said. “Our motto is, we never turn anyone away without the ability to pay. With great donations like this, we’re able to live up to that motto.”

The race each year donates its proceeds to a worthy cause, and has partnered with organizations such as the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley, the Howard Corcoran Scholarship Fund through the Super Six Committee, the Augusta Levy Learning Center, the Wheeling Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 38 “Shop with a Cop” program and Ohio Valley Breast Cancer Awareness.

The partnership this year with the YMCA was beneficial for both organizations, said Perry Nardo, general manager of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register. Not only did the race get to provide financial support for an entity that shares a common mission of promoting health and wellness among children and families, but it also received plenty of assistance from the Y in helping to organize the 40th annual event, he said.

“We also want to give a big thank you to our sponsors, our volunteers, the race committee members and, just as importantly, all the runners and walkers for their participation and also their input,” Nardo said. “Every year we work to make the race better for the community, and many of the ideas we implement come from those who run and walk the race. That true community partnership that the race brings allows us to present financial contributions such as this to organizations such as the YMCA, and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

Shinsky competed in the Ogden race for the sixth time this year. Five Y representatives participated in the 5K, while others ran the half marathon.

He said Thursday’s donation will be a major factor for the YMCA moving forward.

“Besides the (J.B. Chambers) trust, this is our largest contribution,” he said. “We give over $80,000 in memberships a year.”

For example, the YMCA gives an adult-child membership to each child participating in the Miracle League of the Ohio Valley. Any student with special needs in Ohio County Schools also qualifies for a free membership.

Shinsky also said the YMCA awarded more than $40,000 in summer camp scholarships this year. It costs $1,000 for a child in grades K-7 to attend camp for the whole summer.

The YMCA is certified by the state to accept 133 children a day for camp, and the summer camps are always full, he said.

Applications are available at the YMCA for any family that needs financial assistance with annual membership or camps.

Race Director R. “Scat” Scatterday said the YMCA plays an important role in the community, and that the Ogden race is proud to have such a deserving partner.

“The YMCA is such a fundamental organization to the youth and families of this valley,” Scatterday said. “Over the years, the Y has opened up its programs without regard to the membership fees. So with regard to being connected with the YMCA, the race is very honored to contribute to its mission.”

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