Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst), left, and County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo), second from right, present the June 2012 Citizen of the Month Award to Moonlight Run organizers Pat LaDuca, second from left, Tom Haney, center, and Larry Brownell, right, during a recent session.
Erie County Legislator Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) honored organizers of the Moonlight Run in Amherst as the Erie County Legislature’s June 2012 Citizens of the Month.
The 26th annual Moonlight 5K Run and Wellness Walk will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 17. The race will be run through the picturesque streets of the Village of Williamsville and is the oldest consecutive running 5K race using the same course throughout the event’s history. The Moonlight Run was created to encourage a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages.
Started in 1987 by Tom Haney, the owner of the Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Club, with his friend Larry Brownell, the race has been organized throughout its duration by them and a group of family and friends including Pat LaDuca, Gary Brownell, Debbie Timineri and Richard Meyers. Haney, Larry Brownell and LaDuca were the organizers chosen to represent the effort and be recipients of the Citizens of the Month Award presented by Legislator Loughran and the Legislature.
Proceeds of the event have supported The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program as well as other local charities. Over its history, the Moonlight Run has hosted thousands of runners from across North America. This year’s race is being dedicated in memory of Steve Meyers, who was a Vietnam War Veteran and a very good friend to the race directors. Mr. Meyers died September 15, 2010.
The 2012 Moonlight Run proceeds will benefit: “The Billy Wilson” Scholarship. Billy Wilson was a young soldier who lost his life in battle at the end of March 2012; this scholarship will go to a Williamsville North High School student. Also benefitting will be The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program in memory of Jacquie Hirsch, a Williamsville native who lost her life to A.L.L. (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) September 6, 2008.
“As a runner, a public servant, representative of parts of Williamsville and a person fortunate enough to be friends with so many of the people involved, I am proud, on behalf of the legislature, to present this citizenship award to the organizers of the Moonlight Run,” Legislator Loughran said. “The efforts of the organizers and athletes participating in the Moonlight Run not only raise funds and awareness to battle cancer and honor those who fight it every day, they raise the hopes and spirits of cancer patients and their families and friends.”