Runners take off from the starting line of the 5k run/walk hosted by Mike Swaney Buick-GMC Saturday morning. The 5k was part of Swaneyâ€™s 30th anniversary as a business in Wapakoneta. (Staff photo/John Bush)
Mike Swaney Buick-GMC celebrated 30 years as a local business Saturday by hosting a 5k and family fun run — an event that not only commemorated Swaney’s years in Wapakoneta, but also benefited a local non-profit organization.
More than 40 runners who ranged in age from children under 12 years old to adults aged 50 and over competed in the race. Medals were awarded to the top three men and women, as well as the top three in each age group.
All money collected from registration fees was donated to Children’s Hometown Holiday, a three-day celebration for local children that takes place throughout Wapakoneta in December.
“It’s three days of absolute decadence for children,” Children’s Hometown Holiday organizer Elaine Poppe said. “Our whole purpose that weekend is to celebrate children and it doesn’t cost them anything.”
Donations collected for Children’s Hometown Holiday were made in the memory of Bob and Terri Dillhoff — who passed away a couple years ago within months of each other — both succumbing to battles with cancer. Bob Dillhoff was Swaney’s partner, and the couple were heavily involved in the dealership.
Swaney said he wanted to make donations in their honor because the Dillhoffs enjoyed giving back to children in the community, and he wanted to continue their legacy of helping children.
This year’s Children’s Hometown Holiday, which will take place Dec. 5, 6 and 7, will be the third time Swaney is involved with the celebration.
For the full story, see the Monday, Aug. 25 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.