DURYEA — With the setting sun as a backdrop, Duryea’s second annual Duryea at Dusk fundraiser brought area residents out to have fun for a good cause.
The event was the brainchild of sisters Katie and Allison Brudzinski to raise money for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, a nonprofit organization aiming to assist caner patients and their family.
Their mother Ann has been battling cancer for almost 10 years, and the sisters wanted to raise both money and awareness of the disease and the importance of providing support for those who suffer from it.
The event included a festival, a 5K run and a 1-mile walk, having the feel of an old-fashioned block party as the streets closed at about 5 p.m. and residents made their way to Stephenson Street’s community park.
To Duryea resident Ann Marie Mullin, who participated in the walk for a second year, the evening was a chance to support the Brudznski family and to spend time with friends.
“Its absolutely about spending time with neighbors,” she said. “They’ve done a great job.”
Mayor Keith Moss, who led the 5K in a vehicle as it made its way through the borough, touted not only residents whom he said so willingly gave of themselves for such a laudable cause, but the police department which came out to provide security for the event and safety for participating runners.
Police officer Michael Rosemellia was especially grateful for the opportunity to participate in a celebratory event in spite of some recent criminal activity that has taken place in the borough.
“Our officers are really glad to be involved in such a great event,” Rosemellia said.
Vendor Tracy Cox, of Plymouth, who sold gourmet apples, was impressed with the event and the crowd.
“I see a lot of happy faces,” she said. “My uncle used to be a pastor here and it’s great to see a lot of people we know.”
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