2017-03-22 / Front Page

Benning to Gordon Relay raises $5,300 for Fisher House

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Members of the Benning to Fort Gordon Relay team are shown during a ceremony held upon their arrival at Fort Gordon. The group presented a check for $5,300 to the Fisher House. Shown are Ray Miller, Randy Brannen, Chad Waters, Rob Sharkey, Rick Lane, River Lane, Craig Brackin ,Alex Collins, Hugh Yaughn, Col. Micahel A. Weber-Commander, Fisher House, Francisco Cruz-Fisher House Director, and Sgt. Maj. Morrison. 
(Photo contributed) Members of the Benning to Fort Gordon Relay team are shown during a ceremony held upon their arrival at Fort Gordon. The group presented a check for $5,300 to the Fisher House. Shown are Ray Miller, Randy Brannen, Chad Waters, Rob Sharkey, Rick Lane, River Lane, Craig Brackin ,Alex Collins, Hugh Yaughn, Col. Micahel A. Weber-Commander, Fisher House, Francisco Cruz-Fisher House Director, and Sgt. Maj. Morrison. (Photo contributed) The annual Benning to Gordon Relay to benefit the Fisher House at Fort Gordon, Augusta, proved to be another success! The team of Ray Miller, Randy Brannen, Chad Waters, Rob Sharkey, Rick Lane, River Lane, Craig Brackin and Alex Collins ran relay-style from Fort Benning to Fort Gordon March 9-12th, accompanied by driver Hugh Yaughn.

A check for $5,300 was presented to Mr. Francisco Cruz, Director of Fisher House, during a ceremony held in front of the Fisher House on Sunday, March 12th. Upon arriving at Fort Gordon, the group was met by Col. Michael A. Weber, Commander, Eisenhower Medical Center, and a group of about 20 soldiers. Following presentation of the check, the runners enjoyed a lunch inside the Fisher House.

The group would like to thank everyone in Millen for their continued interest and support of the annual relay.

They arrived in Millen at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, March 11th, and were met by members of local law enforcement and fire departments. A truck from Planters Electric Membership Corporation flew a giant American flag over Highway 25 to greet the runners as they came across the Ogeechee River Bridge. They were treated to lunch at West Millen Baptist Church and spent the night in Millen before setting out on the last leg of their relay to Fort Gordon on Sunday morning.

“During our run across Georgia, we not only ran for four days, we ran through all four seasons. On Thursday, the temperatures were in the high 70’s. We were putting on sun screen and running in short-sleeved shirts. On Friday, the wind picked up and it was getting a little bit cooler. By Saturday, the clouds were rolling in and the wind was blowing pretty hard. When we left Millen Sunday morning, the temperature was around 37 degrees. As we approached Waynesboro, it was raining and windy. The wind chill made it feel like 34 degrees. By the time we got to Fort Gordon, we were ready for some warm, dry clothes,” said Ray Miller.

The runners have just over $2,100 in the Benning to Gordon Relay account at Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, Millen, and will be accepting donations until the middle of April. At that time the final check will be mailed to the Fisher House. In the past four years, the event has raised $26,785.93.

The Fisher House has been home to families of patients at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center since 1993. It is open to military and retiree families of patients at the Georgia Regents Hospital, the Augusta Regional Burn Center and the Augusta VA Medical Center.

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