Dogwood Ladies host inaugural 5K race to help Christmas in the Park

Published 11:52 am Tuesday, March 30, 2021

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The Dogwood Ladies League hosted the first annual Dogwood Dash on March 20 at Cassidy Park to help raise money for Christmas in the Park.

The race was heralded as a success by all in attendance and plans are already in the works to have a second annual Dogwood Dash in the coming year. Although there were many individual runners, there were also runner groups from HL Brownstone, as well as the youth from Northshore Track and Field and Bogalusa High School JROTC.

Nearly 100 people registered for the race with 70 running.

At the medal ceremony, Tammy Sheridan announced the addition of an ice skating rink to the attractions of Christmas in the Park. Sheridan hopes that this will be the beginning of additions that will rival the Christmas festivities of those outside of our area.

The Dogwood Ladies League wishes to thank Kallie Breland and the board of Christmas in the Park for providing such a wonderful holiday experience for the citizens of Bogalusa and hope that the funds raised by the Dogwood Dash will help Christmas in the Park for many years to come.

Dogwood Ladies League member, Tammy Sheridan, met with other members and determined that a spring 5K would be a wonderful fundraiser for Christmas in the Park. When she contacted the board of CITP, they were humbled and began contacting businesses to help sponsor the event. They ended up with nearly 50 sponsors. On a chilly Saturday morning, March 20, nearly 100 runners set off to run the course through Bogalusa. Representatives from the Dogwood Ladies League stood at every turn of the race, waving signs, ringing cowbells, and cheering on each participant.

Raymond McGriggs was the overall winner.

Remy Lambert was runner up with Isaiah Brown coming in third.

In the age groups, Ava Godwin won the female 10-under, while Jackson Creel was the fastest male 10-under.

Lily Smith was the fastest female in the 11-15s, while Braxton Burt won the 11-15s male age group.

Moving to the 16-20s, Brie Anna Miller topped the females, while Morgan Verret won the male division.

Kassi Creel bested the 21-30s females, while Sam Adams had the fastest time for the males.

Laura Dantin topped the female 31-40 age group with Josh Pounds winning the male 31-40.

In the 41-50s, LaManda Taylor won the females, while Wayne Palmer was victorious for the males.

Linda Keller was the 51-older female winner, while Mickey Dillon had the best time in the males.

The Dogwood Ladies League is a philanthropic civic organization consisting of 30 ladies from around Washington Parish. Every year we donate to various organizations around our community. Annually, members vote on a single cause to support during our spring fundraiser. This year, we chose to support the Bogalusa Christmas in the Park. We chose this because of the destruction brought on by multiple vandalism incidents during the 2020 Christmas in the Park season.

On Friday, March 26, representatives from the Dogwood Ladies League of Bogalusa presented Kallie Breland with a check for $6,380 to benefit Bogalusa Christmas in the Park. The money was raised during the first annual Dogwood Dash. The ladies were joined by Richie Magee, who is in charge of executing the placement of all lights during Christmas in the Park. Pictured are: Nicole McGehee, Glenda Ritchie, Lauren Jenkins, and Tammy Sheridan (Dogwood Ladies League), Kallie Breland (Christmas in the Park), Stefanie Ritchie (Dogwood Ladies League) and Magee (the City of Bogalusa).