Sparkles the dog leads (l-r) Kelly Byers, Margy Lohman and Barbara Byers in the second annual Shamrock Stroll in downtown Jasper Saturday. The fun .5K walk benefited Pickens students who attend Reinhardt University. See more photos of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Page 18A in thisweek's print or online editions.
Reinhardt’s second annual Shamrock Stroll .5K was held Saturday, March 16th in downtown Jasper to a great turnout supporting the Pickens Scholars program, which provides scholarships for Pickens students attending the Waleska-based private school.
“We were very pleased with the day’s event,” said Dale Morrissey, senior director of constituent engagement for Reinhardt. “We extended the stroll this year to Main Street so we could grow. We had
our vendors all together and the kids’s area. We had a lot of positive comments about that. And that’s what we wanted. We wanted people to come downtown. We had a couple of (businesses) stay open and they said people came in to shop so that’s a good thing.”
The St. Patrick’s Day themed event featured a BBQ food truck, Coca-Cola and Reformation Brewery products, face painting, rock painting and door prizes. Jasper-based band the Dashcrackers performed during the event.
Morrissey said over 225 people participated in this year’s Shamrock Stroll, up from last year’s numbers.
“It was a really nice event and the weather was wonderful,” she said. “We had our Reinhardt band that led the way for the stroll and our Pickens County Citizen of the Year, Donnie Craig, participated. We just had a lot of fun.”
Members of Reinhardt’s football team and student government association were also on hand for the day volunteering.
“We just had so much support from the community,” Morrissey said. It was very satisfying to see the support and the turnout for the Reinhardt students from Pickens County. I’m looking forward to the third annual Shamrock Stroll already.”
Since its inception last year, the Pickens Scholars program has raised over $79,245 “between the two strolls and some generous donors here,” according to Morrissey.
“Those funds go directly towards Pickens students who attend Reinhardt,” she said.