WILSON, N.C. – And, they’re off! – What better way to signal the efforts of enthusiastic runners as they rush to take the lead in the “Barton College/Dick’s Hot Dog Dash,” scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, April 15, at 3:30 p.m.  The approximate two-mile run, sponsored by the Barton College Student Government Association in partnership with Dick’s Hot Dog Stand, is being held to help raise funds for “Stop Hunger Now,” an international hunger relief agency that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.

The “Barton College/Dick’s Hot Dog Dash” is one of several fund-raising efforts coordinated by the SGA on Barton’s campus this spring to help raise dollars for the world-wide food project. Last year, Barton and the Wilson community teamed with “Stop Hunger Now” to produce 10,000 meals in an on-campus packaging event. This year, the community goal has more than doubled to supply 24,000 meals for the April 22nd annual packaging event at Barton.

“The Student Government Association is very excited to participate in ‘Stop Hunger Now,’” shared Jeremy Lowe, SGA president.  “It’s amazing that here in Wilson, we can have such an impact on world hunger.  We hope to continue our efforts every year and continue to increase our goal.”

The “Barton College/Dick’s Hot Dog Dash,” similar in concept to the famous “Krispy Kreme Challenge” held in Raleigh, will start at 3:30 p.m. at Barton’s Centennial Alumni Bell Tower. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize.

Registration at $10 per person will be limited to members of the Barton College community, but members of the extended community may sponsor a Barton runner in the race.  Sponsorship dollars must be turned in at registration time, which begins at 3 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the race.

For additional information about sponsoring a Barton runner, making a donation to “Stop Hunger Now,” or to receive additional information about the project, please call Lynne Medlin at 252-399-6309 or email: lmedlin@barton.edu or Jeremy Lowe at jjlowe@bulldogs.barton.edu. The “Stop Hunger Now” Committee will be raising funds through April 21.

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Questions?  Contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.

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