Everyone who ran in the Courtney’s True Blue 5K in Blue Point this May were treated to a barbecue at The Oar Steak & Seafood Grille on Saturday in Patchogue as a way to say thanks.
It was also a way to raise even more funds for the Courtney Lynn Blakeslee Foundation.
The runners were joined by other supporters of the organization, which helps children with terminally ill parents enjoy themselves like other kids.
Volunteers take these children to things like sporting events, fishing trips and festivals — without any additional financial strain on the families, according Lindsey Chalifoux, who runs the nonprofit.
She founded the foundation in memory of her sister, Courtney Lynn Blakeselee, who lost her short battle to cancer on July 20, 2010, leaving behind two young boys.
Chalifoux also managers The Oar, which her dad, Dick Blakeslee, built.
“We had a great turnout on Saturday and a beautiful day, that helped.” said Chalifoux. “So between the race, journal and [Saturday’s] raffle barbecue we raised $43,000, which I’m very happy with.”
GreaterPatchogue is a media sponsor of the annual 5K.
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