Opinion

May 10, 2014

Citizens of the Week: Volunteers of the Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic

By the time many of you read this, many residents of Whitfield County and northwest Georgia will have not only completed a brisk run but done a bit to make this a better area.

The Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic, which was scheduled to run this morning starting at 8, has become an annual tradition. It is one of the best organized races in the region and one of the most successful fundraisers, with the money going to support the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership. In fact, it is the group’s largest fundraiser.

And the race has become so successful because so many people support it. From well before the start of the race until after the last runner has left, numerous volunteers have pitched in to make sure the participants have the best run and the best experience possible.

It takes many people and countless man-hours to put on such a race. Dalton has been running the healthcare classic for 34 years, so many of the volunteers working this year have been at their positions for a long time.

Their community spirit, their dedication to making this area a healthier place to live, deserves to be recognized. By helping the healthcare partnership raise money for its many programs, they have affected countless people who may never even know it. They have made lives better. They have saved lives.

“We couldn’t put on this event without our volunteers,” organizers say on the race website. “They are amazing! Countless individuals commit their time each year to help put on a safe and very fun event.”

For that, we name all of the people who helped put on this year’s Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic Citizens of the Week.

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