RIO GRANDE — In conjunction with a weekend packed with activity in Rio Grande, the University of Rio Grande’s Alpha Mu Beta sorority hosted its 5k Foxtrot and Kit Dash Run Saturday morning to benefit the Alpha Mu Beta Lorie Neal Scholarship Fund.
“Our sorority sister, Lorie Neal, she passed away,” said Heather Stultz, co-chair of the fund and Alpha Mu Beta alumna. “She was the executive director of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce. She was very involved in the community and did a lot on the (URG) campus when she was here. She was passionate about the sorority. When she passed away, we created a scholarship in her name, the Alpha Mu Beta Lorie Neal Scholarship Fund.”
The 5k run was quickly created by sorority members and alumni. Funds raised by the run are used in the scholarship and the scholarship is used to help Alpha Mu Beta students currently enrolled in Rio Grande Community College and University of Rio Grande.
Scholarships have been awarded to Cydnie Few and Samantha Hammond.
“They apply,” said Stultz. “We look at all the applications anonymously and we decide determined on (a measurement) of scoring to see who receives the scholarship.”
According to tristateracer.com, 31 individuals were registered in the event with 24 female finishers and seven male finishers. The race partnered with area businesses and locations.
“Our goal is to raise enough money for the (fund) so we can start an endowment with the university,” said co-chair of the fund and Alpha Mu Beta alumna Ellen Watson-George. “Ultimately to create that fund, we need to raise $10,000 and that’s our goal.”
The top three male finishers of the race were Kobe Cochrane with a time of 12:01.1 minutes, Greg Ervin at 18:24.3 minutes and Roman Rogers at 18:42.9 minutes. The top three female finishers were Bonita Yeager at 14:34.8 minutes, Cydnie Few with 22:11.2 minutes and Robin Fowler with 22:15.2 minutes. Overall winners were Cochrane, of Bidwell, Yeager, of Jackson, and Ervin, of Jackson.
Lorie Neal, the woman the scholarship fund is named after, graduated from Eastern High School in 1991 and received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Rio Grande in 1998. While attending the university, she was an active Alpha Mu Beta member. While also serving as the executive director of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, she is also remembered for serving on the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission board and on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Ohio. Neal passed away in Sept. 2013.
Neal received the Bud and Donna McGhee Community Service Award posthumously for her civil service.
Individuals interested in learning more about the scholarship fund or joining its cause can visit http://www.amb5kfoxtrot.com.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.