Race raises funds for optometry

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Pacific University is putting on the 12th annual Run Walk 4 Sight, scheduled for Sept. 15.
The fundraiser is sponsored by the Forest Grove Lions Club, which helps optometry students on campus as well as community members who need assistance in paying for eye care at the clinic.
Funds are raised with an application fee to participate in the event which is  $15 for optometry students and $20 for the general public.
Manager of Academic Programs Lisette Romig, is the faculty member overseeing the run. She stated that the funds are put into scholarships for optometry students, as well as need-based care for people in the community.
Romig said,  “This is a great event.”
Students were able to sign up at signmeup.com or they could go to Jefferson Hall and speak directly with Romig.  She said roughly 200 people have participated in the run at past events.
Of those who sign up, 50 percent are optometry students. The other half is made up of the general public in Forest Grove, according to Romig. She also said they occasionally had a couple of students from the pre-optometry program participants as well.
Prizes will be offered to those who participate in the event. Everyone who runs or walks will be entered in a drawing that will take place immediately after the event. Additionally, prizes will be offered to those who place in first for men and women of different age groups.
The race takes place on the same day as the 48th annual Corn Roast. Romig said optometry was actually pleased about this as she felt it allowed people to make a day of the event because the race takes place in the morning, “After the race we just get a little coffee, and go over to enjoy the Corn Roast,” said Romig.
People can still sign up if they wish to participate in the run/walk. A $25 fee will be charged regardless of student or community member status.


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