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VBSPCA’s Annual 5k Run and Walk for the Animals
- A Barking Success!



Virginia Beach, VA –The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) hosted its Annual 5k Run & Walk for the Animals last Sunday, October 25 at Neptune’s Park, located at 31st Street at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. With 361 runners and 218 walkers in attendance, the VBSPCA’s annual event grew by over 100 more people!

 Awards for Top Fundraisers and Race Winners were announced by Eagle 97.3 Radio Personality, Stephanie Taylor. The winners are listed below:

5K Awards:

Marc De Serio 19:31 (Top Male Runner)
Wendy Ireland 20:57 (Top Female Runner)
Jackson Elrod 24:45 Age 11 (Top 12 & Under Male)
Cecelia Kocan 31:48 Age 9 (Top 12 & Under Female)

Fundraising Awards:

Shari Jessie (Top Overall Fundraiser)
The AMAZING Animal Care Technicians – VBSPCA Staff (Top Team)
Brandon Middle School Animal Awareness Club (Top School Team)
Zoey Graybeal (Top Youth Fundraiser)

Awards were given to pets and pet owners for best costume, and Jennifer Jeffers won this year with her faithful “bull”, Dexter, a VBSPCA Alum himself (see photos below).

The Virginia Beach SPCA’s 5k Run & Walk for the Animals is the oldest and largest event of its kind in South Hampton Roads. As a non-profit organization supported entirely by community donations, the VBSPCA relies heavily on large-scale fundraising events such as the 5k Run & Walk for the Animals each year. The event raised over $50,000 to support the adoptable animals at the VBSPCA, a small, but important, portion of its annual operating costs.

“Seeing hundreds of people at the Oceanfront with their families, both two and four-legged, was such an incredible sight. We could not continue our life-saving mission without the support of our community,” says Amanda Insetta, Donor Partnerships and Marketing Director of the Virginia Beach SPCA.