Countryside Cares for GiGi's Playhouse at annual race
By TARAH THORNE – firstname.lastname@example.org
BARRINGTON – Countryside Cares, a third through fifth-grade volunteer group, hosted its annual 5k race and one-mile fun run at Countryside School, 205 West County Line Road in Barrington, Friday. GiGi's Playhouse was chosen to be the beneficiary non-profit organization.
Barrington 220 Educational Foundation member Kelly Henry said the event was a great success with about 140 participants. More than $3,300 was raised for GiGi's Playhouse which offers free support to children and adults with Down Syndrome in addition to providing free services for family members. This was the fourth year of the Countryside race, according to Henry.
Awards were broken down by gender. One-mile fun run winners were students Julia Gwozdz and Jake Terrill. Students who placed in the 5k race were Jennifer Devona and James Lyon, first; Ella VanNess and Lukas VanNess, second; and Hanna Faulkner and Marko Hennin, third.
Adults were also invited. Adults who placed in the 5k race were Nicole Koviak and Jason VanNess, first; Nicole Gorges and Andy Nettis, second; and Lindsay Anastascio and Jim Bresch, third.