Mercy Foundation donates $1,000 locally
Becky Lief-Kuster presents a $1,000 Moose Run check to members of the Willow River School LifeSmarts team, which competed this year at the national level in Atlanta, Georgia, under the leadership of Lois Johnson. The team provided 30 volunteers to help with the Mercy Foundation Moose Run on race day.
Three-hundred-twenty-eight people participated in this year's Mercy Foundation Moose Run in early May despite chilly temperatures and off-and-on rain.
Each year since 2000, the Mercy Foundation Moose Run has donated all of its profits to charities and non-profits in the Barnum, Moose Lake, and Willow River areas.
This year's event generated nearly $6,000, which the organizers donated to the following organizations: $1,000 to the Willow River School LifeSmarts program; $1,000 to the Moose Lake Area Food Shelf; $1,000 to the Moose Lake School to start a gym shoe program; $1,500 to the Moose Lake School to help offset entry fees for experiencial learning activities; $500 to Moose Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. Relief Association; $500 to support the Moose Paddle event; and $500 to support the Moose Lake Triathlon.
The race organizers are grateful for the support of many local sponsors, including The Mercy Foundation, Pro Sound & Light, Art's Cafe, Gamper's, Lake State Credit Union, First National Bank of Moose Lake, Oakview, Wausau Homes, Market Place Foods, Hoffmann Hardware, Dairy Queen, Gateway Family Health Clinic, and Moose Lake Motors.