VERO BEACH, Fla.
New Food Pantry Delivery Truck
- May 1, 2014
-- With a history of giving to local charities and causes, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club held their 12th Annual 5K Walk/Run on April 16. Each year the proceeds from the event benefit a local charity, which is determined earlier in the year by the Club's Tennis & Fitness Committee. This year 's selected charity was the Food Pantry of Indian River County (IRC), which provides emergency food provisions, at no cost, to those in need in IRC.
Due to the generosity of over 30 Sponsors and close to 100 participants, enough money was raised to contribute toward a new delivery truck for the Food Pantry. "Our goal was to raise enough money to buy the Food Pantry a truck, which will allow them to pick up not only more food from the Treasure Coast Food Bank and other providers, but more importantly give them the means to be able to visit area farmers and pick up fresh produce. The Fresh produce will provide more nutritious foods to those in need, particularly the children who require this sustenance to live, learn and grow," stated Sam Rotondi, who serves on the Orchid Island Board of Governors as the Tennis & Fitness Committee Chair.
Orchid Island's annual 5K is open to Members, family and friends of the Club and also includes a one-mile fun run for children ages 13 and under. Following the race, an awards ceremony took place honoring the top male and female finishers of each age group. This year's top female and overall winner of the race was Kate (Colangelo) Steers with a time of 21.55 and the top male finisher was Dr. Herman Fountain with a time of 23.16.