The 5th Annual Gabby Gobble 5K and Kiddie Fun Run will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Irish Eyes Pub in Lewes. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., with the 5K race beginning at 9:30. Proceeds from the race will go to the Get Well Gabby Foundation.
Last year, the event welcomed more than 1,300 participants and their families. The event is made possible by Carolynn and John Vogel from the Get Well Gabby Foundation; Races2Run; Tom and Charlene Jones of Irish Eyes in Lewes; Gold Sponsor: Jeanine O’Donnell, State Farm Agent; Silver Sponsor: Santora CPA Group; Bronze Sponsors: Dagsboro Paint and Wallpaper, Coastal Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Johnson Orthodontics, Dennek, Schell Brothers, and Community Bank; Supporters: Scott and Shuman, P.A., Law Office, and NKS Beer Distributor.
The course is USATF certified with chip timing. Pre-registered entrants will receive a T-shirt. Parking is available at Irish Eyes and behind the Dairy Queen at the end of Savannah Road.
Pre-registration is available online at www.getwellgabby.org or through the Get Well Gabby Foundation on Facebook, for $30 until noon on the Monday prior to the run. Packet pick-up and late registration for $35 is at Irish Eyes in Lewes on Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. on the morning of the event.
Awards, raffles and a post-race party will immediately follow the conclusion of the race. Donations are being accepted at the race or online at www.getwellgabby.org. Get Well Gabby is a registered 501(C)3 nonprofit organization.
The Get Well Gabby Foundation was formed in February of 2012 in memory of Gabriella Vogel, who passed away from diffuse intra pontine glioma (DIPG) on Sept. 11, 2011. Her parents, John and Carolynn Vogel, wanted to continue to help other children with cancer to “get well” in their daughter’s memory. The foundation is focused on providing funding non-medical expenses to local children and their families currently fighting a childhood cancer diagnosis, supporting children’s hospitals nationwide through a new book program, and providing Believe Bags to children upon a childhood cancer diagnosis with comfort items.
The foundation has also supported our local children’s hospital with the new construction of a dedicated Oncology Playroom and provided funding for the first electronic medical record for childhood cancer that is being used for research and the care of children across the county. Gabby’s family resides in the Bethany Beach area. To learn more go to www.getwellgabby.org.