This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Kathy Wright about the upcoming Waverly Waddle to benefit Waverly Community House.
Residence: South Abington Twp.
Professional background: A former textile stylist in New York City, she has been executive assistant to Maria Wilson, executive director of Waverly Community House, since 2015.
Q: How many years has this event been a tradition?
A: The Waddle has been a tradition for over 25 years.
Q: Who is the 5K open to?
A: The Waddle is open to people of all ages and abilities. You can walk or run. Many families do it together, and strollers are welcome.
Q: What else will be on hand at the event?
A: The Waddle will be professionally timed by Second Wind Race Timing. There will be refreshments, courtesy of sponsor Weis Markets, and awards are given out for first and second place in each age group. It is a fun day.
Q: Is there a virtual race option this year?
A: For those who are not comfortable about gathering at this time, or for our out-of-town friends who would like to support the Comm, we are also offering a virtual Waddle. Register to participate and run or walk 3.1 miles on your own or with family.
Q: How will proceeds be used?
A: All proceeds benefit recreational programs and reopening efforts at the Comm.
Q: Why is community support crucial to this cause?
A: Families depend on us for a safe, affordable, quality child care program so they can work. Many adults and children enjoy exercise programs and social and cultural programs here. We are hoping to keep moving towards being able to fully reopen. To reopen and operate in a way that allows everyone to feel safe, we are investing in new and additional sanitation, safety and cleaning protocols.
Laura Rysz is the features copy editor and calendar editor at The Times-Tribune and runs the Talk of the Times column, which focuses on local fundraisers and other events. She also writes Chef’s Table that profiles restaurants around the region. Additionally, Laura curates events online on AccessNEPA.com. Laura is involved in the special Mother’s Day edition and curates occasional features Marry Memories and Times Travelers. She is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, New Jersey, and earned an English professional writing degree with a minor in mass communications from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. She also earned a certificate in Social Media Marketing from Rutgers Business School. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5228.