On Friday, November 5, Storm FC President, Bruce Jones presented a check to Eric Partee, Executive Director of Little Miami Conservancy. If you haven’t already heard Loveland Storm FC and the Loveland Youth Soccer Association are about more than just soccer. They are all about giving back. In fact, it is their stated mission to give back to the community. In this case, the 5K raised about $3,000 with 20% being donated to the Little Miami Conservancy (LMC). The check presented to LMC was more than $600 which Partee says is a timely donation to help fund clean sweeps for the Scenic Little Miami River.
“It means everything to the river,” said Partee. “When we are out there 20 or more times each year with our clean sweeps, picking out the trash, picking out the tires and keeping this river looking beautiful; that takes some funds.”
Partee explained the LMC is “very judicious” in the manner of how they spend those funds. People who come out to help on the clean sweeps all get gloves and trash bags. Costs for those items add up against the budget of an organization like LMC. This donation from Storm FC will allow them to be out there for 2022.
“This donation will get us through the majority of 2022,” Partee said. “This is a perfect gift for that effort. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The Little Miami Conservancy is a local non-profit organization that works to protect and maintain the Little Miami River and the Loveland Bike Trail. Partee explained the organization was the dream of a man named Glenn Thompson back in 1967. At that time he was the editor of the Dayton Journal-Herald Newspaper.
“He brought together people up and down the river from Yellow Springs all the way down to Indian Hill and said let’s do something to protect this river,” said Partee. “It was his dream that brought it together.”
Thompson brought people together who could have some influence over policies which would affect the river. More than 50 years later, in 2021, the organization has acquired over 120 Nature Preserves along the Little Miami River.
“The river is restored to exceptional health,” Partee said, “and we need to keep it there. It takes some monitoring, some effort to keep it there. We’re still acquiring critical riverfront land that means everything to the health of the river.”
It is an effort that has not gone unrecognized by the Storm FC organization. Fundraising co-directors Jessica Gummow & Catie Rudisell noted what the river means to the Loveland community in their note of thanks published on the Storm FC website following the successful 5K.
“The Little Miami River and Trail are a vital part of the Loveland Community and we are proud to be able to support this local organization.” – Gummow & Rudisell
Below are a couple photos from the 5K winners: Right – Top Runners from their age group: Connor McVay, Will Spurling, Colin Rudisell and LEFT – Most Participation, First Place: Girls 2009 Girls Team.
According to their website posting, the two fundraisers; LaRosa’s Buddy Cards and the Storm 5K, helped raise over $7,000 for the club. That allowed them to make a a substantial donation to the Grant Wolf Memorial Nursing Scholarship as well as the donation to the Little Miami Conservancy.
“Our fundraising efforts allow the club to keep player costs down, maintain fields and buy equipment,” wrote Gummow and Rudisell.
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