Fourth annual Thanksgiving Day Gabby Gobble nears

Date Published: 
Nov. 10, 2017

Coming to the Delaware beaches for Thanksgiving and looking for a twist on your family tradition?

Join up for the Fourth Annual Gabby Gobble 5K on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23, at Irish Eyes Pub in Lewes. The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the race will go to the Get Well Gabby Foundation.

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.

Since inception, the foundation has funded the new construction of a dedicated Oncology Playroom at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, provided the seed money for creating an electronic medical record database at A.I.DuPont Hospital (this donation helped the hospital receive an additional $1.5 million from the NIH), continuously donates to local children and their families who have a child fighting cancer, and has supported nine different hospitals and counting nationwide through a book drive.

The Gabby Gobble is just one of the many fundraisers that the foundation holds to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Gabby’s family resides in the Bethany Beach area. To learn more go to

The fourth annual Gabby Gobble 5K Run/Walk is being held on Thanksgiving Day at Irish Eyes in Lewes. Last year they welcomed more than 1,200 participants and their families to this event. This 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 Sponsors: Jeanine O’Donnell, State Farm Agent, Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children, Big Fish Restaurant Group, Veirs Boulicon Realty Group, Santora CPA; Silver Sponsors: The Law Office of Susan Weidman P.A., Dagsboro Paint and Wallpaper, Coastal Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Johnson Orthodontics, Scott and Shuman, P.A. Law Office; Bronze Sponsors; Beacon Pediatrics. Supporter: NKS Beer Distributor. The course is USATF-certified with chip timing. Pre-registered entrants receive a long-sleeved tee shirt, and goodie bag that will include goodies from their sponsors. Parking is available at Irish Eyes and behind the Dairy Queen at the end of Savannah Road.

Awards go to top fundraiser, largest team, best dressed team, top male runner, top female runner, top male master, and top female master. Medals will be given to the top-three male and female finishers in 10-year age categories, 9 and under to 70 and over. Race participants are encouraged to wear festive costumes and enjoy “Turkey” Day. There will also be many raffle prizes with all proceeds going to the Get Well Gabby Foundation.

Pre-registration is available online at or Get Well Gabby Foundation on Facebook for $30 until noon on Monday prior to the run. Packet pick up and late registration for $35 is at Irish Eyes in Lewes on Nov. 22 from 4-6 p.m. Registration is also available the day of the event. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Additional donations are accepted at the race or online at Get Well Gabby is a registered 501(C)3 nonprofit organization.