Potsdam Rotary Club wheelchair challenge proceeds to help pay for 20 wheelchairs
Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 4:11 pm

POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Rotary Club recently held the third annual Wheelchair Challenge to raise fund for the Wheelchair Foundation.

The challenge featured teams of four in an elimination competition relay race at Maxcy Hall field house, SUNY Potsdam. The event raised awareness and provided funds for the purchase of more than twenty wheelchairs.

Each team that participated was required to raise a minimum of $75. The Wheelchair Foundation matched each entry and donated a chair.

SUNY Potsdam’s Phi Mu Alpha, consisting of Joseph VanUllen, Rob Barber, Nate Dellefavie and Matthew Morris took first place.

Sigma Chi Coyotes of Clarkson, manned by Aaron Connor, Adam Murliny, Obi Ezennies and Zeb Armstrong, took second place.

Third place was taken by The Red Cross Club Team Inspiration, made up of team members Bethany Gilbert, Brent Green, BeaAnna Stephenson and Emily Chambers.

Best costume prizes were awarded to “The Zombies” of Alpha Phi Omega, also known as John Dobson, Kristi Mezzano, Erin Kinney, and Dominique Paul, from Clarkson.

Best team spirit was won by the Carroll family, made up of Christa, Katie, Maggie and Olga Grant.

Potsdam Central School raised the most money, over $400.

Other teams included Dr. Stacy Howlett, InterAct (2), SUNY Men’s Basketball (2), Harris Medical and Canton Central NHS.

Donations were made by Delta Zeta, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Griffin, Rev. and Mrs. William Cuthbert, Potsdam IGA, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fitzsimons, Amy and Tim Flack, Zip Lid Lodging, CPH, Kay and Guy Frederick and anonymous donors.

Potsdam IGA provided refreshment and goodie bags for the participants. Jrecks Subs, Pizza Hut, The Village Diner, The Red Cross, and The Kids Kloset donated gift certificates for the winning teams. Today’s Hair, Community Bank and Harris Medical donated door prizes.