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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Charity race proceeds given to Bridges

  • A Norman agency that helps teenagers living on their own due to unforeseen reasons has received a monetary donation raised from a June charity race.


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  • A Norman agency that helps teenagers living on their own due to unforeseen reasons has received a monetary donation raised from a June charity race.
    The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and Bridges of Norman partnered for the “Building Bridges One Foot at a Time,” race. The event held June 9 raised $2,544.01 for Bridges.
    Sheriff Joe Lester presented Debra Krittenbrink, Bridges executive director, and Diana Hartley, president of the Bridges board of directors, with the proceeds on Thursday.
    Krittenbrink said she appreciated the support.
    “This is especially helpful in the summer when funding is so low and the needs are so high,” Krittenbrink said. “This time of year, these monies will be used for our students’ back to school needs. We are very grateful for the generosity of the sheriff’s department and runners.”
    Hartley said community partnerships are needed to help the students that Bridges serves.
    “Community partnerships are critical for the success of the young people we serve here at Bridges, and the board especially appreciates the sheriff’s office stepping up and starting this special event to benefit young people who are striving to achieve their educational goals,” Hartley said.
    Lester said he supports Bridges and its mission to help young people.
    “Four years ago, one of the first individuals I met as sheriff was a young lady who had been helped immensely by Bridges,” Lester said. “She had just graduated from OSU and her story touched me that I have been a fan of Bridges ever since.”
    Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan McCormick, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer.  McCormick can be reached at (405) 701-8847.

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