Wonder Woman to run in Festival Friday 4 Miler
As CYCA President, I am usually aware of most of the LampLighter content before each issue goes to print. Nevertheless, I still look forward to getting that paper in my hands each month and discussing the articles with my neighbors. It is something that most Memphians don’t get and one of the things that makes me proud to be from CY. However, the LampLighter is also one of my biggest worries in these tough economic times.
At the beginning of the year, I made a plea for those who love the LampLighter (and were lucky enough to have the means) to become a LampLighter Benefactor. I was thrilled with the great response, and these generous individuals are listed each month in the LampLighter. These additional funds help supplement the printing costs of producing the paper in a time when a good number of our local businesses are willing to purchase advertising space, but are not able to find the funds to do so. Unfortunately, ad sales have continued to decline, even for this September Festival issue.
They say that desperate times call for desperate measures, so I’ve decided to do a little creative fundraising of my own. I, June Hurt, have agreed to run the Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4 Miler for donations to the LampLighter. Since I believe that running is only necessary when being chased by something big and ferocious, running the 4 Miler has always been on my “When Hell Freezes Over” list, and I have no problem admitting that I have successfully avoided it since moving to the area in 2001.
So why are you not clamoring for your checkbooks or running to the ATM? Isn’t seeing me suffer through 4 miles of unpleasantness enough to pry that money from your hands? Well, fine then. Let’s sweeten the pot a bit. Have you heard that I will be running (i.e. jogging slowly, walking leisurely, possibly crawling) in a Wonder Woman costume? To be a little more specific, I will be wearing a Lynda Carter-style, 80s version with accessories, including the 5 foot cape. The high-heeled, red boots will come off for the run itself because I’m not completely crazy.
Let me warn everyone that the costume was originally made for a Halloween party over 10 years ago. It definitely does not fit as it did then, and if I survive the run without a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction, it should be good for a laugh or two.
I will personally take donations of any amount from whoever is willing to give to the cause, and I will be stopping off at all the Neighbors Light the Way parties along the route to collect donations in person. You can also drop off a check to Kristan Huntley at the CYCA office. If you would like to donate with a credit card online, you can go to cooperyoung.org and find a link to make a minimum $10 donation. Keeping in mind that the costume is incredibly uncomfortable, the cape is ridiculously heavy, and I’m fairly certain that photos of my run will haunt me forever, I’m hoping to raise a minimum of $1000. This is a great opportunity to show your support for the CYCA and the LampLighter by participating in the 4 Miler – and you don’t even have to run!