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Kettering College’s Annual 5k Raises Over $10,000 for Adventist Community Center

Kettering College in Dayton, Ohio, recently donated $10,340 to the Good Neighbor House, a nonprofit organization that provides food pantry services, clothing, and household items to under-served individuals and families in the Greater Dayton Region. The money was raised during the seventh annual Spring into Health 5K, which had over 600 participants this year.

Students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Department (pictured with school administrators and Good Neighbor House staff) have been the primary organizers of the event since its start in 2009.

“Raising over $10,000 for such an exceptional cause was a meaningful and eye-opening experience,” says Missy Gottschlich, a PA student. She adds that donating to the Good Neighbor House was a natural choice because their mission of supporting and caring for people in the community nicely parallels with the mission of service that is prevalent in the Kettering College physician assistant program.

Victor Brown, Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs says, “We hope that the number of participants for this annual 5k will continue to grow so that we will be able to donate even more in the future!”

The Good Neighbor House, founded by eight Dayton-area Seventh-day Adventist churches in 1994, gives help and hope to the underserved in the Dayton community, providing food, pantry services, health promotion, clothing and household items to individuals and families in need.

Kettering College’s annual 5k event is a fundraiser for Dayton’s Good Neighbor House (75 percent) and for the college’s Physician Assistant Student Professional Development Fund (25 percent). The event will be held again in April of 2016.

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