52nd annual Harness Race Rally to raise money for school cancer program


The Friends of Akron Children’s Hospital, a dedicated fundraising group, is hosting the 52nd annual Harness Race Rally at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 at Northfield Park.

Volunteers will be travelling around Portage, Stark and Summit counties this summer selling raffle tickets. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5. This year’s prizes are:

Grand Prize: 2013 Chrysler 200 from Brunswick Automart
2nd Prize: Diamond Ring donated by Medina Gem Company
3rd Prize: Chocolate Diamond Necklace donated by Sterling Jewelers Inc.
4th Prize: Helicopter ride for two on Akron Children’s Hospital’s AirBear®, the first pediatric transport helicopter in Ohio.
5th Prize: Overnight Package donated by Sheraton Suites, Cuyahoga Falls
6th Prize: Jukebox donated by George Music Company
7th Prize: Apple® iPad donated by A. Schulman Inc.

The winning tickets will be pulled during the event.

Proceeds from this year’s Harness Race Rally will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital’s School and Community Oncology Outreach Program (S.C.O.O.P.), which raises awareness about childhood cancer in schools and communities. The staff also helps cancer patients undergoing treatment with homework. Additionally, they help the patient maintain relationships with the school and their friends, which allows for an easier transition to the classroom setting.

Since the beginning of the Harness Race Rally, the event has raised more than $3 million for various Akron Children’s Hospital programs.

“We are very appreciative of the support we receive from the community,” said Betsy Clark, chair of this year’s race. “People are very generous with their donations, which help support a great cause.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-8340 or Akron Children’s volunteer office at 330-543-8424.


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