The Cleveland/Commerce High School Alumni Association continues its 5K walk for fun -- and fundraising

DAVID F. ASHTON - Brimming over with enthusiasm are these Warrior Walk volunteers, from left: Amanda Valley, Pat Dannen, Karen Genzer, Sarah Smith - and CCHSAA President, Ryan Brentley. With the success of the inaugural event last year, the Commerce-Cleveland High School Alumni Association (CCHSAA) sponsored its second "Alumni Warrior 5K Walk" on the crisp and sunny Saturday morning of April 23rd — again starting out at the Eastmoreland Golf Course overflow parking lot.

Participants could be seen on the mapped course that looped through both the Westmoreland and the Eastmoreland neighborhoods — it took about an hour to complete.

At the check-in table, Karen Genzer told THE BEE, "I am one of the instigators of this event. This is our second annual 5K Walk.

"We started this last year in the COVID-19 pandemic, because we volunteers thought it would be an opportunity to gather people together, raise some funds and some awareness, and still meet the criteria of keeping things safe. We have about 60 participants signed up. Perhaps some of those may have been concerned about weather; but it's so beautiful out this morning, we've had others join as walk-in participants just because of that!

"We're hoping to raise a couple thousand dollars to support student organizations, scholarships, and our Educational Foundation; but, it's not only about raising money — it's also about helping people learn about the 'CCHSAA' and what we do," explained Genzer, who pointed out that the alumni group is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization.

"This 5K Walk is taking place thanks to the volunteer work of Kristin Cole, JoAnne Cheechov, Pat Dannen, and Evy Bishop," said Genzer. "Could you also mention our annual Golf Tournament is August 6?"

Find out more about the CCHSAA on their webpage — it also contains links to their blog and Facebook pages — at

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