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Despite Lack of Snow on the ground, the 9th Annual Andy Santerre SNO-RUN Breaks previous record

Posted Feb. 11, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.

February 11, 2013—(Caribou, Maine) – The 9th Annual Andy Santerre 2013 SNO-RUN event raised $52,739 from the day’s activities, topping the $52,251 amount raised in 2012. “I am amazed,” says event organizer Joe Chamberlain, “Again, for the 9th year in a row, the community came together and helped to create awareness and raise funds to help youth victims of Sexual Assault in Aroostook County.” The result of this year’s SNO-RUN fundraiser is that it will help AMHC sexual assault services to achieve its goal of continuing to increase youth awareness and access to the free service. The success of the SNO-RUN event speaks volumes about how much Aroostook County residents value the service. As the Sexual Assault provider in Aroostook County, all of the monies raised by the SNO-RUN fundraiser specifically provide services for youth, free of charge, to support education and safety training to help prevent a traumatic event and, if an event occurs, to provide support and advocacy for youth victims of sexual assault and their families. A primary goal is to meet or exceed what was raised in previous years, which was done again this year. AMHC Sexual Assault Services says a hardy, “Thank you!”

Due to lack of snow, poor and unsafe trail conditions, the morning snowmobile ride portion of the event that was planned to go to the Gateway Snowmobile Club in Van Buren on Saturday morning for a luncheon was called off. Also cancelled was a new SNO-RUN event activity, the Vintage sled ride, which was supposed to go on a much shorter loop to the Washburn Trailrunners Club for lunch and return during the same time period as the longer snowmobile ride.

Since both snowmobile rides were cancelled, the sledders had the option of participating in another new event activity on Saturday morning, a 5K RUN-WALK lead sponsored by TAMC. “As we started out on the 5k SNO-RUN WALK, the weather was starting to really go downhill at the Griffeth Ford Dealership,” says Chamberlain. “It snowed and blew, but the dedicated runners and walkers battled the conditions to help create awareness about sexual assault.” The RUN-WALK ended at the TAMC Outpatient Office on Bennett Drive where medals were awarded by Chris Smith and Andy Santerre. Finishing the run in first place was Curtis Wheeler with a time of 16.48 time. Gabrielle Cyr and Leo Kashian finished the run in second place with a time of 18.02. In their respective age group, Peter McCorison finished with a time of 29.29 and Bruce Alexander with a time of 30.35. For the walkers, Amanda Robertson finished in first place and AMHC CEO, Greg Disy, finished in second place.

“Later in the day at the Crow’s Nest in Presque Isle, there were 300 plus supporters at the Dinner/Charity Auction. Due to snowy weather conditions, there were a handful of cancellations from travelers coming from all over New England and even though we missed them, we were still successful”, says Chamberlain. The auction portion of the event had heavy bidding on such items as NASCAR stockcar sheet metal panels, clothing, jewelry, gift cards and certificates to many Aroostook County businesses. Auctioneer Burt Winslow encouraged the crowd to remember why they were there and to be generous in raising money to support AMHC’s Sexual Assault Services for youth. The highest bid item of the evening, as it was last year, was a custom hand built, highly detailed wooden tractor trailer truck crafted by Walley Mahan Jr. of Westfield, which sold for $750. DRD Audio donated the sound system for Winslow to use during the auction.

Dale and Cynthia Blackstone of Washburn won the raffle for the Custom built Birdfeeder handcrafted by Bill Landes of Caribou. Jim Savage of Caribou was the raffle winner for the 2013 Pro R Polaris youth snowmobile donated by County Sports Polaris.

AMHC thanks all involved in the day-long event activities, to include those who donated auction items and purchased raffle tickets. Sponsors are very an important part of the annual Andy Santerre SNO-RUN event activities and the day would not have been possible without the support of Gold Cup Sponsor Key Bank; Silver Cup sponsors AMHC, Andy Santerre Motorsports-ASM, Big Country 97/Q96.1/The Rock 102, County Sports Polaris, TD Bank and The Aroostook Medical Center; Bronze Cup sponsors Barresi Benefits Group, Clukey’s Auto Supply, Crow’s Nest, Cushman’s Embroidery, Griffeth Ford/Lincoln/Mitsubishi/Honda, North Country Auto, Pensotti North America, Sign Place, SW Collins, The Bank of Maine, and The Plourde Furniture Company; and Champion Contributors APS Healthcare, Aroostook Centre Mall, Evergreen Trading, LLC/Evergreen Manufacturing, Inc., Pines Health Services, Soderberg Construction, and United Insurance.

AMHC Sexual Assault Services is a member of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, also known as MECASA, and serves as the sexual assault crisis and support center for Aroostook County. The service mission is to put an end to sexual assault and sexual abuse in Aroostook County. For more information, please call AMHC’s Sexual Assault Services toll-free at 1-800–550–3304 to learn about how you too may get involved with the annual SNO-RUN event or to provide funding support.

AMHC is a nonprofit organization with 20 service sites located across Aroostook, Washington, and Hancock counties. AMHC has been developing and providing mental health, substance abuse, and rehabilitation services since 1964.

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