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The Minerva Area YMCA held its 25th annual Unity Walk on April 30.
Teresa Arrasmith, executive director of the Minerva Area YMCA, noted this year was slightly different with two of the participating groups walking on alternate dates due to a scheduling conflict.
The weather was ideal for groups that walked the 10K route to raise funds for their respective charities. Arrasmith indicated a portion of the proceeds goes towards the Annual Campaign at the Minerva Area YMCA, which allows the YMCA to keep the promise that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Ten groups were represented with 145 participants. Walkers were served pizza, chips which was provided by Kishman's IGA, and bottled water provided by Medicine Center Pharmacy of Minerva.
Minerva's National Honor Society took top honors in raising the most funds. Also participating were Church of the Open Door, Minerva Apostolic Church, Minerva Martial Arts, Minerva Middle School Cheerleaders, Minerva Women's Volleyball, Misty Karlen's Dance Team, Ringleaders 4-H Club, YMCA Child Care, and YMCA Wellness Team
"The YMCA Unity Walk would not be possible if were not for the following Major Sponsors -- Consumers National Bank, Hart Mansion Restaurant, Kiko Auctioneers and Miller & Company," commented Arrasmith. "Their invaluable support has enabled this event to be so successful for the Village of Minerva and surrounding communities.
"The Y wishes to thank Big Arb's Campground, Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home, Lion's Den Sport Shop and Minerva Martial Arts for being shoe sponsors; the police and fire departments for maintaining traffic control for the safety of our participants; and to all the many volunteers that make this community event so beneficial to everyone."
A portion of the walkers gathered behind the Y for the kick-off. Missing from the photo is MHS National Honor Society and Misty Karlen's Dance Studio.