Richardson Memorial Run in Perryville draws nearly 600 participants [Perryville]

Libby Richardson, Chairman of The Cody G. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Foundation, gives the following report:

The second annual Cody G. Richardson Relentless Run 5K and Fun Walk to benefit the Cody G. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund was held on 1 June in Perryville. The event brought together nearly 600 participants and volunteers to honor Cody and assist in making the dream of a college education and athletics a possibility for Harford and Cecil gounty graduating high school seniors.


The Relentless Run 5K is in honor of Cody, an accomplished athlete and 2011 graduate of Perryville High School who lost his life in July 2011 at the age of 18 in a tragic car accident. Cody was a spirited and loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to many. Born early with troubling complications and near misses, Cody prevailed through a series of tremendous physical hardships to grow into an exceptional young man, a gifted athlete and Maryland State Champion hurdler.

From a young age, Cody realized the life he dreamed of would take hard work. To him, the world was full of possibilities and opportunities. He learned to believe in himself and he looked at this world through a lens of hope, aspiration and willingness. He worked hard in school, in the gym and in the field developing as an athlete and also spiritually while attending church. He formed lasting friendships with people of all ages and backgrounds and left an indelible mark on the hearts of many.


Maintaining this memorial event is a fitting tribute to Cody and allows his legacy to continue. The foundation's hope is for high school seniors to benefit from their efforts, for those who knew him to keep him close, and for those who didn't know him to learn more about this outstanding young man. This CGR Memorial Run/Walk is designed to engage folks of any age or ability by offering a day filled with fun to create lasting memories and give back to the community by way of scholarship benefits.

As a scholarship benefit, these funds raised were awarded to students who best represented Cody's Relentless "DID-IT" spirit of devotion, innocence, duty, integrity and tenacity. Through the run/walk event, tireless fundraising efforts and sponsorship of many Cecil and Harford county businesses and community members, the fund was able to provide 11 Harford and Cecil county students with $1,500 or $1,000 scholarships for the fall 2013 college semester. Student enrichment and the betterment of the community is the CGR Memorial's focus. Health through fitness and fellowship is what Cody was about and what the representative CGR Relentless events are all about.

The recipients for 2013 were as follows:

• $1,500 scholarship winners, Eric Barton of Perryville High School and Nicholas Adams of Bel Air High School.

• $1,000 scholarship winners Leo Bitner III of Perryville High School; Michael Capozzoli of C. Milton Wright High School; Kaylee Haberkam of Perryville High School; Amy Kling of Havre de Grace High School; Jimmia McCluskey of Aberdeen High School; Domenique Palogruto of Elkton High School; Robert Smith of Havre de Grace High School; Brooke Thompson of the Tome School and Allison Watson of Perryville High School.

The Cody G. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to continuing this memorial fund for years to come to carry on the legacy of Cody's giving spirit and for the relentless pursuit of bright futures for high school seniors.

We sincerely thank all who participated in our second annual CGR Relentless memorial event along with the many business sponsors and community donations that have helped to make our goal a huge success: Quality Impression, American Legion Post 135, Greene Turtle, Golden Corral, Tri Source Contracting, Home Instead Senior Care, Cecil Whig, Carr Family Dentistry, Ferrell Cooling and Heating Inc., Aberdeen Rotary Club, Maryland Portable Concrete Inc., HarCo MD Federal Credit Union, Armstrong, United Progressive Builders, TRISOURSE Environmental LLC, Country Garden Center Inc., Hinder Ford Inc., Horizon Services, Artistry in Plastic Surgery, Saxon's Diamond Centers, Ferrell Fuel, Harford Bank, Coca-Cola, MD Agency Financial Group, Heritage Mazda of Bel Air, Bobby's Portable Restrooms, Harford Financial Group, Hollywood Casino, Denton Water, Baltimore Ravens, Johnnie's Sushi House, Nike Outlet Perryville, Brooms and Blooms Dairy Store, Rita's – North East, Body Force Fitness, Bel Air Athletic Club, Walgreens – Perryville, Gingerbread Man Running Company, Chesapeake Publishing, Food Lion – Perryville, Yorktown Sports, Philly Pretzel – Elkton and MindyK Photography.

In other community news from Perryville:


Congratulations to the following Perryville High School seniors on their Scholarship Award from the Harmony Lodge AF & AM from Port Deposit: Abigail Keen – $500 Scholarship and Alison Watson – a $500 Scholarship.

Blayze Miller was the recipient of a $500 Scholarship from The Grand Lodge of Masons in Maryland.

June 8 will be the Strawberry Festival at the Good Shepherd Catholic School, 810 Aiken Avenue in Perryville. The Festival will run from noon to 6 p.m. with a Spaghetti dinner from 4 – 7.

June 15 – Pig roast and live music is planned also at at the Good Shepherd Catholic School in Perryville. This event will run from 2 to 5 p.m.

Harmony Lodge will hold its monthly all you can eat breakfast on June 8 from 7 to 10 a.m.

A crab feast is planned July 12 at Ripken Stadium with menu also including hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, beer tea, soda, water and cookies. Ticket price $48 per person, which also covers the IronBirds game that night and fireworks after the game. Contact Dennis Bolen at 410-459-7179.


Relay for Life of Havre de Grace will be held tonight (June 7 – 8 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at the Havre de Grace High School. Call 410-933-5214.

Mark your calendar for an evening concert with Charlie Zahm along with fiddler Tad Marks and guitarist Steve Hobson at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on July 12. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Adults $10. Children under 16 admitted free.

July 13 is the Diamond in the Rough Triathlon at Perryville Community Park. There is an entry fee for participants; it's free for spectators. Event starts at 8 a.m. Check web sites for more information or contact Neil Semmel @

St. Paul's Lutheran Church will hold Walking Through the Old Testament Bible school for children age 4 through grade 5 June 17 through 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Contact Brenda Conjour for more information at or 410-273-7332 or 410-599-0503.

Summer worship times are changing beginning June 16th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church: 9 a.m is the traditional service with the contemporary service now starting at 10:30. Regular hours will go back on Sept. 8.

Father's Day breakfast will be served at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on June 16 from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Bring your loved ones for a delicious breakfast of biscuits and country gravy, sausage links, egg casserole, fruit and juice; breakfast is hosted by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Havre de Grace Arts Commission lists the 2013 Concert Series at the Millard E. Tydings Park stating tonight (Friday June 7) at 7:30 pm. with the bluegrass group Dean Sapp & Harford Express. This event is free. Bring chairs and picnics and then just sit back and enjoy the music.

My apologies to Colleen Chamberlain for missing this big piece of news in my email: Belated birthday wishes are extended to Colleen's daughter, Terri Grove, of Perryville, a very happy birthday on May 15. Birthday wishes also belated from Colleen to Maggie Jackson, Port Deposit, on May 13 and Estelle Torsani, Havre de Grace, on May 18.

On July 13, there will be a Variety Quarter Auction at 6 p.m. (auction begins at 7 p.m.) sponsored by Ray of Hope and to be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 201 Mt. Royal Ave., Aberdeen. Handmade, homemade, vendors, and gift cards will be offered. Maximum two paddles per person at $2 each. Food and beverage available. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket.

On Juuly 26 there will be basket and bag bingo. Tickets are $12 plus $5 for additional. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird is at 6:50 p.m. - Bingo begins at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Bay Country Gentlemen, it is to be held at Aberdeen Fire Hall, Rogers Street. Tickets available by calling Brenda Conjour 410-273-7332 or Nancy Hobbs 410-877-3378. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket

Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Betty Fayer, Jim Fayer, Bo Sinclair, Georgia Gransky, Helen Wood Bagley, Frances Riale, Marianne and Tom Pryer June Peddicord, Gertrude Fassell, Dona and Andy Larkins, Bonnie Wagner, Ray Trott, Glenn Haynes, Ethel Dill, Adam Zeller, Sandy Brooks, Janet Wirtanen and Pastor Neale Wirtanen, Gisela Knapp, Kit Harris, Sharon Todd, Margaret Gosweiler, June Gangel, Joe Pacifico, Herb Southall, Bonnie Donoho, and Peggy Scholl.

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