Run will raise money, honor teen's memory

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Pink and yellow ribbons standout against the traditional black and gold that is on display this week during Homecoming Week festivities at Cassville High School.

The ribbons are being worn by many students in memory of Whitney Cline and Amanda Seekamp, two Cassville students who lost their lives in a car accident almost a year ago on the night of Oct. 1, 2004.

This week also marks the beginning of an effort to promote a special event that is planned to honor Whitney Cline and benefit the I Can Scholar-ship Fund established in her memory.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the first annual Whitney Cline Fall Classic 5K and 15K runs will be held. Race day registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cassville Aquatic Park, where the races will begin and end.

Both the 5K and 15K runs are scheduled to begin at noon, according to Terry Jamieson, race director. The entry fee is $10 for the 5K run and $20 for the 15K.

Awards will be presented in six age divisions for male and female runners. Award divisions are: 20 and under; 21-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and over. There will also be medals presented to the top five overall finishers in the male and female divisions.

Brad Hanson, CHS principal, will serve as official race starter on the day of the run.

For more information on the runs, contact Jamieson at 847-3137.

A silent auction and car show will also be held in conjunction with the run on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The auction will take place on the downtown Cassville square as part of the annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Among the items to be auctioned off are:

• Six Kansas City Chiefs tickets plus six dinners catered by the Chiefs' chef.

• A guided fishing trip with Jeff Fletcher.

• A pair of Justin Boots custom-made for the buyer.

• A parlor suite at the Grand Central Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark.

Whitney's mother, Sheila Cline, who is gathering items for the silent auction, said there are many more items being donated every day. A full listing will be provided closer to the auction date.

"I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support we're getting," said Sheila. "We always knew what a special little girl she was, but for Whitney to touch so many lives, is unimaginable."

During the silent auction, Tic Toc Karaoke will provide music to be enjoyed by all who attend the festival. Several different CHS clubs are planning to sponsor activities on the square with all proceeds bene-fitting the scholarship fund, and Jason Gaskill will provide food concessions.

Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill will be bringing his impaired driving simulator to the event. "Sidney," as the car is named, will be in action on the chamber parking lot during the festival.

The car show will also be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 in conjunction with the chili cook-off. Cars will be on display for judging and public viewing at the First United Methodist Church parking lot in Cassville.

Awards will be given to the top 50 cars. There will also be a "Whit's Choice" trophy presented.

The cost to enter the show is $15 per car with all proceeds to benefit the Whitney Cline I Can Scholarship Fund.

Registration for the car show begins at 8 a.m. with awards presented at 1 p.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Larry Daniels at 846-7306 or e-mail him at

As the Cline family faces the one-year anniversary of Whitney's death, they find solace in planning an event that will honor their beloved daughter and sister and make a difference in the lives of future I Can Scholarship recipients.

"I think everyday that I'm thankful God gave Whitney to us," Sheila said. "It's also comforting to know how many people she touched.

"The lessons the kids learned (from the fatal crash) is also something good to come from this," Sheila added. "They finally saw it could be them and maybe it's making a difference."

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