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Running for the Army
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Participants in the 4th annual Kettle Dash run under the starting sign in downtown Turlock on Saturday. - photo by CANDY PADILLA / The Journal


Kettle Kick-off Luncheon

The Turlock Salvation Army will host its annual Kettle Kickoff luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Assyrian American Civic Hall, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd.  The Kettle Kickoff is centered on the Kettle Klash —seven minutes of organized chaos as volunteer teams race around the room with Salvation Army kettles aiming to collect as many cash donations as possible to kick off the Salvation Army's holiday fundraising campaign.

The Kettle Kickoff is the Salvation Army’s largest event each year and fortifies the organization for months with funds mainly going towards the Army’s winter relief efforts including groceries for families, counseling for adults, tutoring for children, and activities for senior citizens.

For tickets or more information, call the Salvation Army in Turlock at (209) 667-6091.


Bell Ringers Wanted

The Salvation Army's signature red kettles will soon be distributed in front of local grocery and retail stores. Bell ringers will accompany the kettles asking for donations every day of the week, except Sunday, through Dec. 24. Those interested in volunteering to ring bells during the season can contact the Salvation Army at 667-6091.


Participants in the 4th annual Kettle Dash ran around downtown Turlock on Saturday for a good cause. The event, which included a kids’ dash, 5K and 10K race, as well as this year’s newly added dog walk through the help of sponsor Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, included over 300 runners and dog walkers, said event chair Nick Hackler.

A total of about $16,500 was raised by the Kettle Dash for the Turlock Salvation Army — almost double the funds brought in from last year's event. Fifty volunteers also helped to make the run possible on Saturday, said Hackler.

"It turned out to be a really great day and a wonderful event. We can't wait for next year," said Hackler.

Top five finishers included: 5K — Patrick Guerrero (18:21), Joshua Lefler (21:25), Alison Borba (21:29) and David Barbano (21:30); 10K — Darren Holman (34:51), Andrew Armendariz (37:40), Brent Bolerjack (38:53), Ryan Dunlap (40:31) and Broen Holman (40:32).