HINCKLEY — Pooches
and people went all in May 20 for the Highland
Pride Dog and Human Poker Walk, a fund-raiser
for the Highland Pride Committee to promote the
Highland Local Schools District.
Participants lapped Hinckley
Reservation, stopping at five checkpoints along
the way to draw a card for a poker hand.
Gary Wolny, of Hinckley,
is shown at near right turning in his hand after
finishing his walk.
The event featured goodies
for humans and their canine companions, including
I.C. Spots, a nondairy ice cream treat for dogs.
There also were raffles, prizes and T-shirts available
While the event was open
to people by themselves, most participants brought
along at least one four-legged friend.
Signing in for the event
are, shown at top right, from left: Taegan, 8,
Brennan, 12, and Brogan, 10, with their parents,
Mary and Rod Scott, of Sharon, and eight-month-old
labradoodle Joey. Working at the registration
table is Sue Bernhofer, of Hinckley, who has two
boys in the school system. Josh is a senior and
Brandon is a third-grader. Taegan and Brogan go
to Sharon Elementary School, and Brennan is a
sixth-grader at Highland Middle School.
Also participating in the
walk were Laurie Boedicker and her daughter, Erin,
12, a sixth-grader at Highland Middle School.
The two, of Montville, are shown at top center
descending the steps with their dog, Bridgett.
Pooch Katie Watt got a
sweet ride in a baby stroller, shown at top right,
courtesy of Jim Grossmayer, of West Akron.
Beth Watt is shown behind him crossing the bridge
over East Branch Rocky River. She is a special
education instructor at Highland High School.
Meanwhile, Sadie, shown
above center with owners Will Kovach, 11, and
his mom, Terri, of Sharon Center, lead the way
on the walking path along State Road. Will is
a fifth-grader at Sharon Elementary School.
And drawing near to the
end of the walk are Samantha, 8, Nicole and Sharleen
Barger, of Granger, shown above with Mocha and
Koda. Samantha is a first-grader at Granger Elementary
Highland Pride Committee
Treaurer Tish Roginski said the event raised $700,
with about 90 people participating.
— By Stephanie
Photos: Krista Galloway