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Virtual Race for Warmth raises more than $43K

The Columbian
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CLARK COUNTY: Clark Public Utilities' Race for Warmth featured 930 participants who raced virtually and raised more than $43,000 for Operation Warm Heart. The race took place anytime from Jan.
CLARK COUNTY: Clark Public Utilities' Race for Warmth featured 930 participants who raced virtually and raised more than $43,000 for Operation Warm Heart. The race took place anytime from Jan. 29-31. Photo Gallery

CLARK COUNTY — Clark Public Utilities’ Race for Warmth raised more than $43,000 for the agency’s heating assistance program called Operation Warm Heart. The event featured 930 participants who raced “virtually” — whether it was at home or somewhere out in the community. It even went beyond state lines, with participants from Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, Hawaii and Arizona. Operation Warm Heart is a donor-funded program that helps families in financial crisis who can’t pay their utility bills. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit more than 150 families in Clark County. “We were so proud of our community for continuing this annual tradition and grateful for their generosity,” Maxie Mayer, Clark Public Utilities marketing and events specialist, said in a news release. “Despite the changes to this year’s event and the difficulties presented by the pandemic, we had an incredible turnout. Plus, many people who registered gave extra donations to Operation Warm Heart during this time when so many people are struggling.” Donations can be made year-round at any Clark Public Utilities location, online at https://myaccount.clarkpublicutilities.com/owh or by calling 360-992-3000.

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