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Race for the Cure 2019

Christie Miller | June 3, 2019

Pasta Party

The weekend of April 27th, the partners of E.C. Barton & Company were out in full force supporting the Jonesboro community! For the third year in a row, Barton’s and Surplus Warehouse were the presenting sponsors for Komen Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure.

Leading as the team captain for her second year, Whitney Williams had a vision of participation whether it be from fundraising or volunteers, she wanted to go all in. With a ton of support from fellow partners that vision became reality. Kevin Wooldridge, Marcia Smith, Sondra Onstead, and Vanessa Caldwell of the corporate office spearheaded fundraising efforts with a pork loin and strawberry cake sale, just in time for the Easter Holiday! With the Quessenberry brothers on the smoker there was no doubt that those pork loins would sell. In total the fundraising efforts raised $1,815.41! We were also able to donate 15 pork loins and several strawberry cakes to the Salvation Army, Children’s Home Inc. of Paragould, and Fisher St. Methodist Church. Sam’s Club of Jonesboro made a very generous donation of half of the sold pork loins; this allowed us to donate a larger amount to Komen! As a last-minute fundraiser, Julia Zumbach and Williams presented the local partners with the “Pink Parking Lot Dash”. This fundraiser raised an additional $501.26 and will add some additional laughs around Brown’s Lane when the dash takes place! In total with online donations the E.C. Barton & Company team was able to contribute an additional $2,386 to our sponsorship!

Barton’s of Jonesboro contributed in a big way this year by not only providing our flatbed truck as the race’s start stage, but also by building a structure for the newly introduced mosaic. The structure allowed a vinyl banner to be hung where survivors and their supporters could place different colored rubber bands that represented each pillar of Komen. They were then able to sign the banner which was on display throughout the race. It was a great centerpiece for race day!

Williams saw the need for us to be more involved as the presenting sponsors and chose to take on the role of Pasta Party committee chair for the Friday night kick-off event! This involved meeting monthly with other committee chairs beginning in October to help plan the big event. She also built a team of committee members to volunteer their time by serving the race participants at the party. From ticket takers to servers to clean-up crew, the partners of E.C. Barton were everywhere! They could be easily spotted in their blue t-shirts designed by Christie Miller, sporting this year’s theme of “Blueprint for a Cure” with neon pink logos. Jeff Hart was the guest speaker for E.C. Barton and carried on a theme of support within the community that has supported us for so long and included our core value of team and partnership as we all partnered together for this great cause. This event would not have been successful without the team of volunteers that rallied and brought along their families to support the big night!

As part of the Friday night event, there is was a “Men’s Pink Pump Run” hosted on Main St. in Downtown Jonesboro. This serves as an opportunity to raise money for Komen and have laughs that will last the whole weekend after watching a herd of men run down Main St. in their high-heeled shoes. This year we had TWO willing participants! Tom Dowd and Stephen Rush strutted their stuff in their glitter and pink! If this doesn’t show support, I don’t know what does!

All of these fun events laid the perfect path for Race Day on Saturday, April 27th. We had a huge group of volunteers show up to help out on race morning from gate keepers to booth runners to race participants; it was so great to see our team everywhere! Our gate keepers showed up at 6:30 along with their spouses and kids to hand out our logoed pink hard hats and wrist bands. Barton’s and Surplus Warehouse logos were everywhere, and our group was the first to be seen! We had a booth this year to support our gatekeepers and racers, and we handed out recruitment cards and other items as participants came through. Our very own President and CEO Steve Brimner took the stage in all of his pink wigged glory to be presented as a Big Wig for the 2019 race. Vice President of Operations, Kevin Pierce addressed the crowd on behalf of E.C. Barton & Company. Kevin did a great job carrying on our theme of team and partnership within the community that helped to build us 9am the race began, led by with Jeff Chastain, our E-commerce coordinator, on the pace bike!

Whether fundraising, volunteering, or racing the partners of E.C. Barton & Company showed up and showed out this year. We work with a great team that is always willing to help when needed and support their teammates. The 2019 Komen Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure will be hard to beat as we have definitely drawn a line in the sand for future races.