A Blustery Day Didn't 'Scare' These Runners Away

The Second Annual Scare Away Hunger 5K raised more than $20,000 for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

The Food Pantry at the Rochester Area Neighborhood House has been running on empty.

For the first time ever in its 45-year history it was nearly out of tuna fish.

"We used to have a room full of tuna," director Lorainne Kremer said. "Now we're down to two cases."

With a typical day seeing 17 families at the Food Pantry, two cases would not last long.

It was a scary situation—until 470 runners and walker came to scare hunger away.

The 2nd Annual Scare Away Hunger 5K

Sponsored by Renaissance Capital Alliance and Citizens Bank, the event, in addition to the run, is an opportunity for the community to bring their families out to the Rochester Municipal Park, have fun and raise money for those in need.

This year's event raised over $20,000 for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

The day included pumpkin rolling races, an obstacle course, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt. The RARA Dance Studio’s Select Performance Team entertained the crowd with dance performances.

"Despite the blustery weather, people were having a lot of fun!" volunteer coordinator Patti Toma said. "It was a great day!"

And then, of course, there was the race.

And the winners are....

This year's 5K had 470 runners and walkers. Here are the winners:




Winner Type



Overall Winner

Nick Rossetti 


Male 13 & under

Stephen Landis


Male 14 - 19 

Joshua Tanghe



Male 20-29

Joseph Becker


Male 30-39 

Brian Ward


Male 40-49

Rob Doty


Male 50-59 

Steve Shablin


Male 60 & over

Daniel Beattie








Winner Type



Overall Winner

Jennifer Blackburn


Female 13 & under

Rielee Fetty


Female 14 -19

Meridith Anness


Female 20-29

Carly Savickas


Female 30-39

Agnieszka Muxlow


Female 40-49

Laura Murphy


Female 50-59

Kristin Pitciran


Female 60 & over

Lois MacFarland


The full list of results are available at http://www.runmichigan.com/results/.

Filling up the van, Mustang style

Musson Elementary School students, known as the Mustangs, supported the event in another way. They had a canned food drive and donated over 450 cans of food to the Scare Away Hunger event. 

"The Neighborhood House van is filled up!" Executive Director Linda Riggs said. "We haven't seen it this full in awhile." 

Musson also had an art display at the park showcasing students' representations of the Scare Away Hunger theme.

About the Neighborhood House

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House is a private, non-profit human service organization that was founded by communities of faith in 1968. 

Neighborhood House has grown over the years to become a full service agency servicing any qualifying families in need from Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Oakland Township and Addison Township.

The agency mission is to assist the community during times of hardship, partnering with the community and other social service providers to help struggling individuals and families move toward self sufficiency.  

Neighborhood House works from a holistic model providing emergency financial assistance, counseling, job coaching, budget assistance, transportation, food assistance, clothing assistance, and more to families in our service area. 

To find out more, call 248-651-5836. 

Kathy Losinski November 01, 2012 at 02:48 AM
As I watched the 450 runners start the race, I was inspired by the energy that would take care of so many people in our community! Thank you to Patti Toma, the 120 + volunteers, the students from Musson Elementary and all of the runners for coming out on a blustery day, setting a very high standard for kindness and community caring.
Kay Smith November 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Kudos to all who participated in the Scare Away Hunger event. A great big thank you to Patti and Dan Toma who had a dream of helping their neighbors in need and then spent many hours and lots of creativity and hard work to make that dream come true. Kay Smith


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