MOORE — Nearly 100 hardy individuals braved frigid temperatures and high winds on Saturday to participate in a 1.4-mile charity run and walk at Moore’s Central Park.
Their efforts literally paid off, raising just under $9,000 in the first ever Moore Storm Walk to benefit Crime Stoppers of Moore and the city’s storm shelter grant program, said organizer and Crime Stoppers President Steve Shawn.
The winning team was made up of
representatives from Moore Youth and Family Services and FNB Community Bank. In all, 37 teams participated, and engraved plaques for the winners will be presented this week.
FNB Bank employee Julie Waddle, who brought along her two dogs for the occasion, was among the participants.
“Our branch was hit by the May 2013 tornado,” she said. “We were able to evacuate the workers and customers safely, but the building was destroyed. So this is something that’s really close to our hearts.”
Channel 9 pilot Jim Gardner was on hand throughout, entertaining the crowd with tours of the SkyNews helicopter, which he said is the fastest in the state. Also working the crowd were Oklahoma City Dodgers mascots Brix and Brooklyn, and the Chick-fil-A cow.
Moore City Manager Brooks Mitchell was in attendance at the event. Representatives from the city’s fire, police and emergency management departments and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department also were on hand to show their support and provide security.
The fundraising event is the first of its kind, and organizers hope it will become an annual event.
“We had been discussed this at our Crime Stoppers board meeting and we’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” Shawn said. “Obviously we’re disappointed that the weather kept a lot of people from coming out this time, so we didn’t raise as much as we’d hoped. But I think there’s enough interest that we can keep it going.”
Providing shelters that can literally save lives is a cause that’s near and dear to Shawn’s heart.
“I’ve lived (in Moore) since 1974, and our Silver Star team has helped clean up every tornado since 1994,” he said.
With the run concluded, Shawn said the funds will be divided between the Crime Stoppers Program’s tip line reward fund and the City of Moore’s storm shelter rebate program. The latter was established to assist low-income Moore homeowners with the purchase and installation of weather-safe rooms that meet FEMA guidelines.
The recipients are chosen through a grant process, and more information is available at www.soonersafe.ok.gov. Applications also can be submitted in person at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, during normal business hours.
The Crime Stoppers of Moore program, meanwhile, is a citizen-led nonprofit that offers cash rewards of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to a felony arrest of criminals or fugitives. Callers can remain anonymous and submit information via phone, 405-793-5160, by text or on line at www.moorecrimetips.com.