Mayor Lisa Sulka accepted checks from the Kiwanis Club of Bluffton and CrossFit843 for donations collected in conjunction with the Lutzie 43 Virtual 5K held on August 1.
“The generosity of Bluffton never ceases to amaze me. We had a goal of $3,000, and due to our sponsors and the public, we were able to surpass that goal,” said Sulka.
Ron Davies of the Kiwanis Club of Bluffton and CrossFit843 owner Martin Catalioto reached out to their families, friends, and club members to raise money for the run that brings awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. The Kiwanis Club of Bluffton presented a check for $2,535 and CrossFit843 presented a check for $1,000. The third sponsor of the race, The Mike Hostilo Law Firm also contributed to the overall donations by advertising and promoting the event.
“Thank you to each of our sponsors for assisting the Town of Bluffton in educating and raising awareness for this cause. I personally, have seen too many deadly collisions that can be blamed on distracted driving,” said Bluffton Interim Police Chief Scott Chandler.
The money raised from this 5K will go towards higher-education scholarships for local students in the spring. Last year, three students were awarded $1,000 each to be used for college or university expenses.
The 2nd annual Lutzie 43 5K is an important part of the Town’s Distracted Driving Campaign. In the spring of 2019, the Town partnered with the Lutzie 43 Foundation, as well as local municipalities and businesses to help spread the message about the dangers of distracted driving. Those partners continue to help the Town today in promoting the campaign and bringing awareness to bad habits behind the wheel. The Town continues to be appreciative of Peacock Auto Mall, Bluffton High School, May River High School, Teens for Healthy Youth, Lowcountry Alliance for Healthy Youth, Accurate Lithography Printing Company, Kennickell Group, The Bluffton Sun, Dick Broadcasting Co. Inc., Lowcountry Radio Group, 98.7 The River, Outback Steakhouse, Harbor Light Insurance, Circle and Shield, Palmetto Running Club, USCB, City of Hardeeville, Town of Hilton Head, Town of Port Royal, City of Beaufort, Town of Ridgeland, Beaufort County, and Jasper County for being the initial sponsors and partners in this ongoing campaign to save lives.