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Event to benefit youth center

By Kim Walter

The Youth Development Center in Winchester is inviting area residents who are up for a challenge to participate in a new fundraiser this September.

Golden Seal Enterprises, which sponsors a number of events for the YDC, is hosting the area's first Golden Seal Charity Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Teams of five can register to compete in a series of seven physical challenges starting at 8 a.m. - swimming, running, starting a fire, shooting, giving First Aid, building and climbing a log wal, and a sandbag shuffle relay.

All teams will meet at the Jim Barnett pool in Winchester for the swimming event. From there, teams will walk to Daniel Morgan Middle School to change and run. Teams will then drive to Golden Seal Enterprises in the city for all other events.

The shooting challenge will include the use of a rifle and pistol. Weapons, ammunition and a range safety officer will be provided.

For the First Aid event, teams will have to provide the required care to save "Mr. Sandman." Other events will go by a team relay format.

Participants must be age 16 or older, and each team must include at least two males and two females. Teams are encouraged to design and wear team T-shirts, as an award will be given for the best design.

Awards will be given for each individual event, as well as an overall Charity Challenge Winner Gold Cup. All teams will walk away with training certificates from Golden Seal Enterprises, and an after party will be held for participants after awards are given out.

The cost is $450 per team, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the YDC.

Regina O'Brien, executive director at the YDC, said she hopes residents will take advantage of the unique opportunity.

"I know a lot of people are doing those 'tough mudders' and color runs, but this is whole different kind of challenge," she said. "It's fun, it really helps us out a lot."

The physical challenges incorporated into the event goes hand in hand with the YDC's mission to provide area youth with recreational and educational programs focused on their total development, O'Brien added.

Youth and adults from all over the Valley are welcome to register, though the even can only take up to 20 teams.

So far, seven have signed up.

O'Brien said a few are teams from Winchester and Frederick County law enforcement. Another is from Shenandoah University, and the remaining are family members or groups of friends.

"I can tell there's already some friendly competition going on between a few groups, which makes it even more interesting," she said.

If the event is successful, O'Brien would like to see it become an annual benefit.

"Funding is so tight for us right now, but that goes for all nonprofits," she said. "So this could be a huge benefit for us."

Registrations are due by Sept.15, and must include payment.

For more information, contact O'Brien at 540-662-4564 or robrien-ydc@verizon.net.

Contact staff writer Kim Walter at 540-465-5137 ext. 191, or kwalter@nvdaily.com

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