The inaugural David A. Evans, Jr. Memorial Color Run at Misericordia University raised more than $3,000 in support of a scholarship fund that was established by Dr. Dawn Evans and her family in her son's name at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre.
Sponsored by the Misericordia University Student Government Association, more than 150 runners participated in the 5K run as part of the annual Spring Fest Weekend on April 24-26 on campus. The run raised $3,030. The weekend also featured a children's carnival with rides, games food and prizes for the entire family.
The Evans Family established the following criteria for the David A. Evans, Jr., Scholarship Award: Recipient(s) are graduating seniors from Holy Redeemer, who are enrolling at Misericordia University, and are in good academic standing, are able to demonstrate providing service to the community, Church and school, and displayed a commitment to academic success.
Five Holy Redeemer seniors who met the criteria and are members of David Evans' 2015 graduating class were awarded $1,000 scholarships, In subsequent years, the fund will provide financial support annually to one graduating student from Holy Redeemer.
The Misericordia University Student Government Association's executive board of Michael Pheasant, East Stroudsburg, president; Hunter Pates, Columbus, N.J., vice president; Rachel Bossler, Cresco, secretary; Caitlin Vitale, West Pittston, residential coordinator; Dana Jolley, Dallas, commuter coordinator; Tori Dziedziak, Shenandoah, treasurer; Meghan Stack, Douglassville, academic coordinator, and Rob Wiacek, Voorhees, N.J., organized the event. MU's SGA also has committed to providing financial support to the fund on an annual basis.
The scholarship fund and color run are in memory of David A. Evans, Jr., the son of Dawn M. Evans, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University, and a member of the campus community for more than 20 years.
"The Color Run was a special day for our family as we got to share our son with so many special people,'' said Dr. Evans. "David would be proud to know that his family, friends and campus community came together in his honor to benefit other people who have dreams of earning their college degree and making a difference in our world. I would like to thank Misericordia, Holy Redeemer and everyone else who made the run and scholarship possible.''