FLETCHER - An event this weekend will honor the memory of a beloved citizen and sister.
Despite an unknown turnout, the Linda “Linny Lou” James Scholarship Run is scheduled to take place. Brenda Prince is hosting a scholarship run on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 5. The run is to honor her sister, Linda James, but known to family and friends as Linny Lou.
James passed away in 2018 but had volunteered at Fletcher schools for 20 years. “She [James] was mentally handicapped, and she volunteered at Fletcher schools for over 20 years in the Special Ed Department,” Prince said.
Then, James was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and lived only two months after. “She [James] had been volunteering up until then,” Prince said. “So, we decided to do a scholarship fund in her memory.” The fund is two separate $500 scholarships given to two senior students every year.
“We try to give it [the scholarships] to somebody she’s helped over the years,” Prince said. “We have a team or a committee that goes through and they pick out two people that they think are deserving of a scholarship.”
This is the second year for the scholarship run. Prince said she was not sure they were going to be able to host a run this year because of the coronavirus, but they decided to go ahead with it.
Runners will be following a route that begins down Main Street and goes around the perimeter of the town. The one-mile run begins at the Fletcher Community Center and will follow a path through the walking trail at the park and will end back at the community center.
Additionally, a silent auction for the scholarship fund will begin Friday afternoon. Items up for auction will include sports memorabilia, baked goods and household items. Prince said the silent auction was their biggest money-maker last year and participants have until 11 a.m. on Saturday to place their bids. The winners will be announced and notified shortly after.
Those participating in either the 3K or one-mile run will receive a participant medal. However, there will also be trophies for first through third place participants on both runs. “We are just hoping for a good turnout and we appreciate everybody that would like to make a donation,” Price said.
Donations can be made out to the Linda Lou Scholarship Fund at the First National Bank in Fletcher.