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Assistance League of the Bay Area
News Release
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Assisteens® First Annual 5K raises over $6000 for Operation School Bell®

Assisteens® of the Bay Area held their first annual 5K at Meador Park recently and raised over $6000 for Operation School Bell®.  Three years of planning paid off as Mary Cordes, Assisteen Vice Chair Fundraising, and Holly Matthews, Assisteens Chairman, collaborated with Robby Sabban, Clear Lake Fitness Club and On the Run to organize a successful, fun event for 145 teens, adults and families.

Zach Dwyer of Clear Lake High School finished the 5K first overall with a time of 18:09 followed by Forest Bell, also from Clear Lake High School.  Hannah Jones, of Brookside Intermediate, finished with the fastest women’s time and said she ran because the event would benefit Operation School Bell.  Emma Latimore of Clear Lake High School earned a second place finish in the women’s division.

Assisteens is an auxiliary of Assistance League® of the Bay Area and is comprised of over 200 students in grades 9 through 12 who serve the Bay Area through community service.

Operation School Bell is Assistance League’s largest philanthropy and provides new school clothing for school-aged children in need.  The clothing helps students fit in with their

classmates by boosting self-esteem and enabling them to become more eager to learn.  So far this year, Operation School Bell has helped clothe more than 1,700 students in four area school districts.  For more information about Assisteens or Assistance League, visit

Photo Attached: (Left to right): Hannah Jones, first place women’s division, Emma Latimore, second place  women’s division, and Forest Bell, second place men’s division.  Zach Dwyer (left), finished first place overall with a time of 18:09.

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