Benefit run on the lake to help veterans in Clarendon

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 5/25/18

Boaters, motorcyclists and drivers alike can all join together in August to help veterans and their families by visiting different marinas.

The eighth-annual VVA LZ 960 Benefit Run will cast off at 11 a.m. …

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Benefit run on the lake to help veterans in Clarendon

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Boaters, motorcyclists and drivers alike can all join together in August to help veterans and their families by visiting different marinas.

The eighth-annual VVA LZ 960 Benefit Run will cast off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Lakevue Landing in Manning on Lake Marion. Hosted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 960 in Manning, proceeds from the event will benefit the Robbie Hodge Memorial College Scholarship and the Fallen Comrade Members Memorial College Scholarship and will help the group provide assistance to veterans in Clarendon County.

VeLinda Reynolds, a committee member for the local VVA chapter, said the VVA helps veterans with rides to doctor appointments, electrical problems and anything else they may need. There is also a program set up that assists families with sick veterans, and the members of that program are kept confidential.

There will be six stops on the run, which are: Meare's Marine (formerly J&J); Taw Caw Campground and Marina; Goat Island Bait and Tackle Restaurant and Lounge; Polly's Landing Marina; Randolph's Landing; and the ending point at Lakevue Landing.

She said the event is a fun time for all, a good way to get out on the lake and a great way to help veterans in Clarendon County.

She said the group helps all veterans, not just those from the Vietnam War. According to the chapter, there are 2,500 veterans in Clarendon County, 48 of whom are veterans of the Vietnam War.

The scholarships are awarded to students at Laurence Manning Academy and Manning High School.

Participants must get stamps from all six stops to be eligible for cash prizes, door prizes and dinner beginning at 4 p.m. at Lakevue.

Reynolds said there is no gambling for the event. Instead, runners hand in their stamps for numbered chips they randomly select from a bag. The numbers on the chips are added up, with the highest combination winning. First to third place will win cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50, respectively.

Entry forms may be obtained at any of the six stops in advance or from a chapter member, she said.

Entry is $10 for all participants.