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Mt. Pleasant event to benefit 2 causes

| Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:18 p.m.
Planning committee members for the upcoming 5K include (front, from left) Anna Riddle; Billy Groft; (back) Jason Mellors, football boosters president; Josh Pajak, girls soccer head coach; Chuck Fox, girls soccer assistant coach; and Floyd Snyder, boys soccer head coach. Don Porter is also a committee member.
Planning committee members for the upcoming 5K include (front, from left) Anna Riddle; Billy Groft; (back) Jason Mellors, football boosters president; Josh Pajak, girls soccer head coach; Chuck Fox, girls soccer assistant coach; and Floyd Snyder, boys soccer head coach. Don Porter is also a committee member.

Remembered as a handsome and talented young man with a quick wit and zest for life, Seth Menart died on May 19, 2009, from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident. Every year since his death, a soccer tournament and a golf outing have been held to raise funds for a scholarship presented in his memory.

Although Mt. Pleasant Area High School junior Anna Riddle never met Menart, she has participated every year in the soccer tournament and decided she, too, wanted to help with the scholarship fund.

“After that first tournament, I decided that when I became a senior in high school I would do something that would benefit the Seth Andrew Menart Memorial Scholarship Fund and that would be my senior graduation project,” Riddle said. “This past year, the school changed graduation requirements and they no longer require seniors to do a senior project.”

Riddle said last fall she met Seth's father, Jerry Menart, and after he explained his dream was to some day award a full scholarship to a Mt. Pleasant senior involved in soccer — the sport Seth loved — she knew she wanted to help.

“We talked a lot during that time. I learned a lot more about Seth, his dedication to soccer and what a great person he was,” Riddle said. “After that day, I decided I wanted and needed to do more to help the Menart family achieve that goal. I decided that even though I was no longer required to do a senior project, I still wanted to do something.”

Riddle has been instrumental in organizing and planning a 5K on May 18, with proceeds being divided between the Seth Menart Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Viking Football Boosters.

“I had done some research on how to run a 5K, spoke to several people, and realized it was going to be a huge undertaking, and that if I wanted this to be successful, I needed the help of others,” Riddle said. “I spoke with the officers of the Viking Football Boosters and we decided that we would work together to make this happen and it could benefit both the scholarship fund and the Viking Football Boosters.

“I asked several of my good friends, parents and coaches from throughout my years of soccer to help me as well,” she continued, “and Billy Groft, also a junior at Mt. Pleasant and a soccer player on the boys team, heard about the 5K and offered to help.”

The 5K will be a walk and a run. In addition, the day will feature some activities for children.

The 5K route will begin at the high school and meander through the community of Standard Shaft, ending at the high school stadium.

Sponsors are still being accepted. Riddle sent more than 200 letters asking for donations and is collecting monetary contributions for the event.

“We have gotten several responses to these, but didn't get the major sponsor that we had been hoping for and are continuing to look for one,” Riddle said. “This is a fun walk and run and we want the community to come out and enjoy themselves, get a little exercise and raise money for a really good cause.”

Sign-ups will be held prior to the event, as well as on the morning of the 5K.

“My main goal is to help the Menarts realize their dream of helping others in memory of Seth and to help others understand what an exceptional person he was. I would like to be a part of keeping Seth's memory alive,” Riddle said, adding that she hopes to see the event continue. “I would hope that it becomes an annual event. It would be nice to see the 5K grow and be a huge success in the years to follow.”

The event will be on May 18 starting at the Mt. Pleasant high school stadium. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., the event will begin at 9.

Advance registrations will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and May 15 at the Viking fieldhouse near the stadium.

Cost for the event will be $20 for adults and $10 for children. Checks for donations or race fees, made out to “Mt. Pleasant Viking Country Football,” should be mailed to Anna Riddle, 116 Magnolia Drive, Mt. Pleasant PA, 15666.

For more information, call 724-771-5030.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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