Chiles Peach Orchard store manager Lisa Henson presented a check for $2,371 to Western Albemarle Rescue Squad president Bill Wood Jan. 6. The money was raised in the Chiles Peach Orchard Pancake 5K. This year’s race attracted 120 runners, up from 30 in 2014, its inaugural year.
Henson’s daughter, Raeanne, now a student at Western Albemarle High School, took five ambulance rides in 2013 for what appeared to be asthma but was later diagnosed as another problem.
“I felt very grateful and I wanted to do more than I could personally, so we started the Chiles Pancake 5K,” she said. The race runs in September, this year on the 9th, as an annual fundraiser for the rescue squad.
“I couldn’t have done it without the help of John and Michelle Andersen of Crozet Running,” said Henson. “They’re in it because their son once had to ride in the squad. John has provided his knowledge of races and he’s set up the race equipment each year, not to mention his hours organizing the race. Michelle helps with bib pick-up and race registration. A huge thanks goes to them.”
Race sponsors include Bold Rock Cidery, Prince Michel Vineyard, Greenwood Gourmet Grocery, Brownsville Market, Crozet Hardware, Blue Ridge Builders Supply, King Family Vineyards, Misty Mountain Campground, BurritOh!, and Augusta Health. Silent auction prizes were provided by Aaron Watson Photography, The Art Box, Parkway Pharmacy, Mudhouse, Fardowners, Hair Cuttery and La Vie Nail and Spa.