Exeter May Days raises over $10,000 for local organizations
Despite periods of light rain showers, the two-day Exeter May Days Community Festival continued with food, games, and award celebrations; all the while raising funds for local organizations.
The Exeter Community Education Foundation will receive over $6,000 from the May Days proceeds. The funds will be used by the organization to supply grants to all six Exeter school buildings.
New this year to the festival was the Pie in the Face contest, featuring four contestants from the community; Exeter teacher Peter Clark, Exeter supervisor John Cusatis, Chick-Fil-A owner Shawn Filby, and Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess.
A total of $3,600 was raised from the pie contest where the funds will be distributed across five local organizations:
- The Exeter Community Library – $1,108.00
- Exeter Area Food Pantry – $1,071.18
- Exeter K-9 Partners – $908.00
- Teachers in the Parks – $286.41
- Exeter Community Education Foundation – $226.41
An additional amount of approximately $1,000 was raised from The All Abilities Fitness Center 5k run; a race event introduced this year.
John Cusatis, co-chair of the event, says any additional proceeds will be donated to the Senior High School for a new auditorium sound system.
Proceeds from last year’s May Days event funded the purchase of hand-held security radios.
Cusatis will be recognizing Melissa Crotty and Andrea Freese at Tuesday’s Exeter School Board Workshop meeting for their help with the annual event.
Also at the event:
Edward Myers accepted the Berks Hometown Heroes Community Impact Award on behalf of his son Anthony. Anthony Myers is a Berks Catholic student battling brain cancer.
Exeter students Grace Sturz, Abigail Hentry, and Morgan Specht were award the May Days Student Achievement Award along with $100 for their accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom this year.
Two Exeter seniors, Morgan Sprecht and Maggie McKinney, were awarded the Hamid Chaudry Community Spirit Award.
Morgan Specht received first prize for her community work and charity initiatives. Specht founded and ran the Winter Warrior 5K run which raised over $6,000 to benefit wounded veterans. She’s also the manager for football, basketball, and volleyball teams.
Maggie McKinney received runner-up prize for her community service where she’s managed wrestling, football and helped as a student athletic trainer.