DECA fundraiser benefits autism research


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette GCHS DECA Officers Shelbi Pendergest, left, and Ashley Clemons are leading their club’s community service project to raise money for autism and autism research.


The Grayson County High School DECA Club has taken up the fight against autism with its new fundraiser, which benefits the Michala Riggle Beat Autism Foundation.

Led by GCHS DECA Vice President Ashley Clemons and DECA Vice President of Activities Shelbi Pendergest, the club will host a 5k Fun Run/Walk on Friday, Sept. 25 at Grayson County High School.

All proceeds raised from registration for the event will be donated to the Michala Riggle Beat Autism Foundation Inc., which seeks to promote autism awareness, determine causation, treat, and eradicate the disorder.

The foundation also seeks to raise money to build an autism research and treatment facility in Louisville.

“Every dollar puts us closer to curing autism,” Clemons said.

Registration for DECA’s fundraiser is $20 and pre-registration has already begun. Participants in the 5k fun run/walk who pre-register by Tuesday, Sept. 8 will receive an event t-shirt and “GLOW” goodies, such as a necklace and bracelet.

Participants can still register the day of the event, but DECA cannot guarantee they will receive a t-shirt after the pre-registration deadline, according to Clemons.

Clemons said participants do not have to run the whole time or even complete the 5k if they don’t want to.

“We’re there to have fun,” Clemons said.

R&B Productions will provide free music for the 5k Fun Run/Walk on Sept. 25.

For more information about DECA’s Get your GLOW on for Autism 5k Fun Run/Walk, contact Clemons or Pendergest at gcbelieveteam@gmail.com; GCHS DECA Advisor Cynthia Smith at cynthia.smith@grayson.kyschools.us; or Ashley Johnson, with Grayson County Middle School Jr. DECA, at ashley.johnson2@grayson.kyschools.us.

Additionally, DECA will host a Four-Person Golf Scramble at The Falls Golf Club on Saturday, Oct. 24 to raise money for autism and autism awareness.

The entry fee for the 18-hole golf scramble is $200 for a four-person team, and all proceeds from registration for this event will also benefit the Michala Riggle Beat Autism Foundation.

For more information about the golf scramble and how to register, call 270-230-5046.

For more information about the Michala Riggle Beat Autism Foundation, visit www.beadingtobeatautism.org.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette GCHS DECA Officers Shelbi Pendergest, left, and Ashley Clemons are leading their club’s community service project to raise money for autism and autism research.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Pendergest-and-Clemons-DECA.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette GCHS DECA Officers Shelbi Pendergest, left, and Ashley Clemons are leading their club’s community service project to raise money for autism and autism research.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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