Nearly 1,000 athletes will take time from their busy Thanksgivings to help those in need during charity events being held throughout Cambria County today.
Three different fundraising competitions are scheduled: The third annual Ebensburg Turkey Trot 5K will begin at 9 a.m. At the same time, dozens of individuals will participate in the Moxham Street Hockey Reunion Game, a.k.a. the Turkey Cup, at Roxbury Park. Then, at 10 a.m., the Turkey Bowl will kick off at Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown.
The 5K, which is expected to attract nearly 800 runners, will bring in funds for St. Francis University’s Dorothy Day Center and Dauntless Fire Company.
“They do so much for the community,” said Sarah Bradley, a member of the Ebensburg Area Running Club, the group organizing the event. “We want to give back to them.”
While the Turkey Trot is in its infancy, the Turkey Bowl is a holiday football tradition now in its 45th year.
Donations collected through this year’s game should push the all-time total of money raised for Easter Seals Western Pennsylvania to more than $500,000.
“That’s cool,” said Bob Gardill, coach of the Bulls, one of the two participating teams, “but really what we’re trying to do is something good for Easter Seals this year, every year.”
Each Bulls and Bears player sold at least $300 worth of tickets to benefit the charity.
“The commitment is there to raise funds for Easter Seals,” said Bears head coach Tim Clark.
The hockey game will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Johnstown chapter, along with Todd Euen, one of the game’s usual participants, who recently was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Euen is awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
“It definitely became a lot more personal this year (because of Todd),” game organizer Matt Birus said.
Euen’s employer, Suppes Ford, is the corporate sponsor.
The Turkey Cup previously has worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2010) and Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (2011).