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Rina’s Run benefits Ripon High stadium

Rina's Run race president Laurie Reilly accepts a $500 check from Pam Davidson of Tri-Valley Lending to help sponsor the 2011 Rina's Run – a 5k and 10k race event being held this year on Satu...

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POSTED January 28, 2011 12:25 a.m.
RIPON – Stephanie Hobbs is breaking out her running shoes.

And she hopes that many other people in the community will be doing the exact same thing relatively soon.

Hobbs, the president of the Ripon Community Athletic Fund, is gearing up for the final push to Rina’s Run – a 5k and 10k run-and-walk fundraiser  to benefit the Stouffer Field Revitalization Project that is set to include field resurfacing, a new all-weather track, and new bleachers.

The run, which takes place on May 7, is still seeking sponsors at each level.

“Momentum is building for the project, and I’m excited about what this new year is going to bring,” Hobbs said of the fundraising effort. “We’ve had a lot of support over the last few years, and we’re hoping to see that continue in 2011.”

Hobbs lobbied to get the project placed on a “community wish list” with the City of Ripon that could have eventually led to redevelopment funds being distributed to the stadium cause. It is the same thing that the City of Turlock did to their aging stadium.

But after the Ripon City Council decided to put up a $5 million bond to construct the softball diamonds at the Mistlin Sports Park, the RCAF was dealt another blow when Governor Jerry Brown announced that he intended to work towards cracking the redevelopment “piggy bank” in order to close the growing budget deficit.

So now more than ever the non-profit organization is reaching out to residents, businesses, and corporations asking for private donations and grants to make the retrofit – which many in the community feel is long overdue – possible.

And community support hasn’t been a problem from some businesses.

Last week, Rina’s Run race director Laurie Reilly received a $500 check from Pam Davidson at Tri-Valley Lending – a local company that has supported RCAF since 2008 when it donated $250 to help get the grassroots effort off the ground.

In return, Tri-Valley Lending’s logo will be on the back of the race shirts given to each of the participants along with other sponsors – companies like Brocchini Farms, Tuff Boy Trailers, Croce and Company, Vernon Transportation and Heida Computers.

Those interested in participating in the event can find a sign-up sheet www.rcafsite.com. Sponsor sheets are also available, and additional contact information is also present on the group’s website.

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