Colleen Fontenot, Old River-Winfree Founders Day, President; Bob Botto, Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk Race Manager and Vice President, International Runner; Bob Allen, Barbers Hill Bank, Senior Vice President; Jeanette Green, Old River-Winfree Founders Day, Chairman Cupcake, Pie, Cake Bakeoff and Vice President; Kari Hughes, Barbers Hill Bank, New Accounts Representative; Lisa Cutbirth, Barbers Hill Bank, Teller Supervisor
On second weekend in October, the annual Old River-Winfree Founders Day hosts the 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs. Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs, 19, of Chambers County, Texas, died May 17 in Tikrit, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted position. Riggs was assigned to the Army’s 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
10% of the proceeds of the 5K Run/Walk and the Annual Cupcake, Pie, Cake Bakeoff go to the Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded to a deserving Senior at Barbers Hill High School. This year the Fund has $1,162 waiting on that Senior.
Barbers Hill Bank, a Branch of Anahuac National Bank, has sponsored the 5K Run/Walk for 2 years running. When Bob Allen, Senior Vice President, was asked what this event means to the bank, Mr. Allen simply stated, ““As a branch of Anahuac National Bank, Barbers Hill Bank takes pride in supporting our military”. Bob Allen, accepted for the bank, the Old River-Winfree Founders Day Texas Appreciation Award shown in this picture.
Simply put, this event grows and grows every year through businesses, like Barbers Hill Bank, and Volunteers like Bob Botto, Race Manager; Jerren Young (not shown), Route Safety Chairman and Vice President; and all the runners that come from as far as Florida to pay tribute to our Wounded Warrior that keep us free to run races like this all over America.
The symbolic check shown represents the $10,466.67 the check that was sent to the Wounded Warrior Project after the ceremonial signing in a presentation to the Old River-Winfree City Council by the Founders Day in October 2011. To this day, the Old River-Winfree Mayor, Joe Landry, and City Council have hanging the Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project banner in the Council meeting room. The Mayor is a veteran himself.
Lots of proud Americans make this event a growing success, but with sponsors like Barbers Hill Bank absorbing all the expenses of putting on the race, 100% of entries and donations go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Scholarship Fund.
Thanks for another successful year, Barbers Hill Bank from a grateful, small town like Old River-Winfree.