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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Ninety and still running




Dr. George "Doc" Whitney of Orange, right, shown on his 90th birthday at the William B. Meyer, Inc. Fairfield Holiday Run, is congratulated by Tom Gillon, of Trumbull, president of William B. Meyer, Inc. in Stratford.

More than 100 runners and walkers of all abilities participated in the 7th annual Holiday Run at the Scandinavian Club on Dec. 7. ,

The 5k event benefited the Fairfield Police Toy Drive. It is presented by William B. Meyer Inc., one of the largest transportation and storage providers in the Northeast, and an agent for United Van Lines.

All participants brought new, unwrapped toys as part of their entry fee and more than 500 toys were collected at the run. The toys collected this year will be distributed to the Bridgeport Hospital Pediatric Unit; Bridgeport Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit; Yale-New Haven Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit; Daughter’s of Charity - Sister Theresa in Bridgeport and American Medical Response.
"With the holiday season underway, William B. Meyer, Inc. is pleased to be sponsor the annual Holiday Run to benefit the Fairfield Police Toy Drive. If a child has to be in the hospital during the holidays being thought of by receiving a toy can hopefully put a smile on their face. We hope this run makes a difference for many children in our area. We would like to thank the Fairfield Police Department for allowing us to participate in this event," Tom Gillon, president of William B. Meyer, Inc. said in a statement.

William B. Meyer, Inc. has been the presenting sponsor for the event for four years.

At the run, Whitney, a retired veterinarian, opened up a whole new age category for the race organizers. Whitney has run in the race since its inception, having started running when he was 80. A birthday cake complete with 90 candles was presented to Whitney at the end of the race as the crowd of runners, walkers, family members and well-wishers from near and far sang "Happy Birthday."
Toys are being collected until Dec. 18 at the Fairfield Police Station, 100 Reef Road, Fairfield and at the reception area at William B. Meyer, Inc, 255 Long Beach Blvd., Stratford.