PIQUA — Nearly 200 people participated in Edison State Community College’s inaugural 5K for a Cause on Oct. 31. The crowd helped raise more than $2,000 in remembrance of long-time Edison State professor Dawn Hines.
A beautiful weekend with brisk temperatures helped to support the day’s attendance as the runners followed the five-kilometer course along the back end of Edison State’s tree-lined campus.
“The turnout of this year’s race speaks volumes about our community and everyone here at Edison who helped make this event happen,” said Nate Cole, Edison State director of Student Life and Athletics. “A lot of the participants included students, faculty, and staff who were here to support Dawn and her family. Even President Larson ran and took third in her age group.”
The overall winner for this year’s race was Kevin Sheehan of Huber Heights. The top finisher in the women’s group was Bekah Shininger of Tipp City.
Students and faculty from Edison State were on hand to help runners prior to the race and worked to help get the participants registered and tallied at the finish line.
“The fact that we’re able to raise over $2,000 to help a local family with their college education really reflects well on our community,” added Cole. “Hopefully this race will continue to grow every year and we can help even more area families in need.”
Edison State’s 5K for a Cause is held annually to benefit community members in need. Proceeds from this year’s race were donated to the Dawn Stinson Memorial Fund to benefit her sons’ college education.
Hines’ four sons, Todd Schilling (26), Matthew Schilling (21), Cale Stinson (13), and Billy Stinson (11) survive her. Todd holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton where he is currently employed as the Coordinator of Veteran Services. Matthew is currently in his senior year at The Ohio State University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Cale is in eighth grade at Troy Junior High where he also plays football and Billy is a fifth grader at St. Patrick’s Elementary in Troy.
“Our family is so grateful for those who came out to the event and supported us during these tough times,” said Todd Schilling. “We deeply appreciate all the support the Edison community has shown us through the years. The event served as a great reminder of how many people my mom touched in her life. Thank you all!”
Recently completing 100 classes as an adjunct professor of business, communications, and marketing, Dawn began her career at Edison State in 2000 and was a student at the college prior to instructing.