Ridgely 3rd Grader Ethan Frey and Freeman Family Named Honorary Race Marshalls for the Ridgely Lions Club’s 7th Annual Strawberry Chase 5K Fun Run & Walk.

| May 20, 2017 | 0 Comments


Pictured L to R: The Ridgely Lions Mascot “Rion” the Lion, Ryan Freeman, Ethan Frey, Marie and Dan Freeman and standing in the back Lion Dave Davis Proceeds from the race benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Caroline County Super Summer Day Camp.


(Ridgely, MD May 2017) The Frey and Freeman families were clients and now serve as volunteer advocates for the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore. Nine years ago Ethan was born two months premature and the Frey’s stayed at the RMH for six months. The Frey’s return each year to visit and participate in the RMH Red Shoe Shuffle.

The Freeman’s have been volunteering at the RMH for seventeen years since the loss of their daughter, Brianna in a car accident on MD Route 404. Their most recent project was providing 36 Bags of Hope for the moms of current patients who were at the RMH for Mother’s Day. They have hosted numerous dinners and fundraisers for RMH patients and guests. Probably their most rewarding effort is “Brianna’s Blankets”, a program that provides handmade blankets to RMH patients is memory of their daughter, Brianna Nicole Freeman.

So if you like to learn more about the RMH, then come out to the 7th Annual Strawberry Chase 5K Fun Run and Walk and meet the Frey’s and the Freeman’s and support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.


The Strawberry Chase is a part of the Ridgely Lions Club’s 38th Annual Strawberry Festival and will be run at Martin Sutton Memorial Park in Ridgely MD on Sunday May 28th. All proceeds from the race benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Caroline County Super Summer Day Camp. Race will begin at 8am on 4th Street at Martin Sutton Park.

On-site registration will be open on the day of the race at 6:30 am. Early Registration thru May 26 is $20/person . Late Registration after May 26 is $25/person. Kids age 12 yrs and younger can register for $10. You can also register as a Sleepwalker and contribute from the comfort of your own bed for $25/person. Prizes will be awarded to the Overall and Master’s women and men’s champions and to the top three male and female finishers in nine (9) age groups. Prizes will also be awarded to three participants who wear the most patriotic costume in red, white and blue.

Participants can register on-line at www.carolinerecreation.org . You can also download a race registration form at www.ridgelylions.org or on www.facebook/ridgelylionsclub and mail it with your payment to the Caroline County Recreation and Parks at 107 South 4th Street, Denton MD 21629. Make checks Payable to: Caroline County Commissioners.

The 7th Annual Strawberry Chase 5K Fun Run & Walk is co-sponsored this year by the Caroline County Department of Recreation & Parks, Advantage Rehab, Inc., Chincoteague Pony Rescue, Inc, the Delmarva Business Network, Farmer Johns, Ridgely Elementary School PTA, Joanne Shipley Designs, American Legion Caroline Post #29, the Meoli Companies (owner/operators of the eastern shore McDonalds restaurants), the Lions Clubs of Caroline County (Marydel, Greensboro, Ridgely, Denton, Preston, & Federalsburg) and the Kent Island and Queenstown Lions Clubs. If you’d like to partner with the Ridgely Lions to help support the Ronald McDonald House and the Caroline County Summer School program referred to as the Super Summer Day Camp or you just have questions, then contact Lion Dave Davis at 443-786-2547 or ddavis@goeaston.net.

The Strawberry Chase 5K course will take participants through town, utilizing the town’s Rail Trail and tour scenic farm land west of Ridgely. So come out on Sunday May 28th and run or walk to help the Ridgely Lions support the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Caroline County Super Summer Day Camp, then stick around and enjoy the 38th Annual Strawberry Festival. For more info about the festival go to www.ridgelylions.org or on www.facebook/ridgelylionsclub .

Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Ridgely Lions Club, please contact Lion John Voshell at 410-634-2214 or jevoshell@comcast.net or at ridgelylions@verizon.net .

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to sight preservation and community service throughout the world. . For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world. To celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2017, Lions are being asked to help reach LCI’s Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving more than 100 million people by June 2018.

When it comes to meeting Challenges, the Lions response is simple: “WE SERVE”

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