Reinhardt University wants you to “party for a cause” this Saturday at the inaugural Shamrock Stroll in downtown Jasper. As part of their A Day for Pickens, a fundraiser that has raised over $30,000 since July 1st for Pickens County students who attend Reinhardt, the Shamrock Stroll is both designed as a celebration and recognition of Reinhardt University’s benefits for local students.
“We wanted an event to raise recognition for Reinhardt and to bring together a group of people in the downtown area,” said Dale Morrissey, director of Development and External Relations at Reinhardt University. “We hope everyone comes early and shops and eats in downtown.”
Race Day registration begins at 4 p.m. and the .5K begins at 5 p.m.
“It’s just a nice walk. We’re walking down to a family party downtown to raise awareness for Reinhardt.”
The “race” starts at the Board of Education building and finishes at S. Main Street and Spring streets. All proceeds from the .5K will support Pickens County students attending Reinhardt University. The Shamrock Stroll includes a post-race party for the whole family. Live music will keep runners moving and grooving - from Reinhardt University’s marching band to the C.C. Morgan Band, who will perform during the evening’s festivities.
Pre-registration for the race is $25 and includes one beverage ticket, T-shirt, medal and race bib. 12 and under is free. Registration on Saturday is $30.
Morrissey said 61 Main will offer take-out dinners that evening and vendors like Bojangles, Mila & Rosi’s Taste (featuring their famous tamales), Kona Ice, Smokin’ Tony’s BBQ, cotton candy and Coca-Cola United will all be on hand for a wonderful evening.
“For adults, Reformation Brewery will have a tent and be pouring,” Morrissey said. “For the whole family, there are door prizes, games for kids like a bounce house and Cornhole.”
Additionally, there will be face painting, rock painting, and a 50/50 raffle. Pets are welcome.
Awards for the race include: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the Most Creative Costume (male and female); 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Most Creative Dog Costume; oldest participant (male and female) and youngest participant (male and female).
You may pre-register at Reinhardt.edu/stroll or register in person on Saturday.
“Reinhardt is a great school. I went to Reinhardt and it benefitted my career and I want the same opportunity for other students in this area,” Morrissey said. “This event will be a lot of fun for families to just be together and get outside and just have fun.”
A Day for Pickens Chairman Amberle Godfrey said the Shamrock Stroll and all the events planned for Saturday is a “great way to support our youth in Pickens County and to raise awareness of what a great school Reinhardt is.”
Godfrey, a long-time Pickens resident and current interim chief operations officer for the Pickens Chamber, is also a student at Reinhardt, having gone back to college after raising her family.