Discover Whitewater Series donates $27,500 to local charities

The Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K sponsors, team leaders, volunteers, and five local charities gathered for a night of celebration at Willow Brook Golf Course on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

“The race always has great support from the community and we’re always eager to give back,” DWS Executive Director Jeffery Knight said. “This year we had excellent numbers and were able to make a larger donation!”

The DWS donated $5,500 to each of the five charities for a total of $27,500. These charities include: Working for Whitewater’s Wellness, Bethel House, Whitewater Unified School District, Whitewater LEADS and J-Hawk Aquatic Club.

Each of the seven title sponsors for the DWS were given a chance to personally hand the donation and be photographed with a charity partner of their choice during the banquet.

“This is the second year I have been the Race Director and I am still filled with joy to give back to my home community,” DWS Race Director Dawson Miller said. “I have no doubt that next year will be just as good, if not better.”

A survey was posted on the DWS’s Facebook page (facebook.com/runwhitewater) for participants to voice their opinions on the 2018 race. The survey was created for the DWS team to learn what went well and what didn’t go so well on race day; this year a large majority of the respondents were extremely satisfied. The top response was made to the DWS volunteers. Eighty-nine percent of respondents reviewed the DWS volunteers as excellent and helpful on race day. Many respondents were also pleased with the challenge of the DWS course. Roughly 65 percent of respondents ranked the DWS as better than other races of similar size.

“The DWS has volunteers from all around the City and without their help the DWS wouldn’t be possible,” GWC Chairman Larry Kachel said. “The banquet is meant to honor our charity partners and thank all those that participated on race day, from runners to volunteers.” The seventh annual DWS will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

For more information about the DWS contact Knight at jpk@knightpublicaffairs.com or 920.728.0662

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