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Video: Full Moon Madness Breaks Record

Posted on October 12, 2012

By Abbi Leinwand

On October 6, 2012, John Tyler Community College, in partnership with Chesterfield County, hosted the third annual Full Moon Madness on John Tyler’s Midlothian campus.  This year, over 190 people signed up to participate in the Full Moon Madness 5K race with close to an additional 120 people opting to participate in the 1-Mile Moonwalk.  Full Moon Madness offers a variety of activities to encourage a healthy community, and in addition to the 5K race and Moonwalk, event attendees had the opportunity to visit the Moonlight Clinic for free health screenings from John Tyler’s own nursing students and faculty.  Visitors to the Clinic could “Ask a Doc”, interacting with medical professionals such as Dr. Daniel Selassie from Fort Lee’s Kenner Army Clinic and staff from Dr. Baxter Perkinson’s dental practice.  With fun for the whole family, Full Moon Madness also had a haunted house presented by John Tyler’s theater club; costume contests for kids, adults, and pets; a trick-or-treat trail; storytelling in the library; face painting and crafts; and fun inflatables and bounce houses!  There was even a performance by Richmond’s own children’s entertainment group, Silly Bus.  Plenty of food was on-hand that day ranging from Jolly J’s Kettle Korn to Kona Ice to Flynn’s and Nader’s Bistro.

Many generous community partners allowed Full Moon Madness to take place this year.  In fact, the John Tyler Foundation raised $94,390 in sponsorships this year, breaking the record for dollars raised from this event by over $16,000.  Lead sponsors, HCA CJW Medical Center and Capital One, both designated their funds to their respective scholarships, which will help students pursue their educational goals while attending John Tyler.  The CJW Scholarship supports John Tyler’s nursing students while the Capital One Scholarship offers financial help to students participating in the dual enrollment program.  Two sponsors, KleanKare and Eliades & Eliades, designated their funds to support soldiers from Fort Lee who wanted to participate in the 5K run.  These sponsors offered the opportunity for close to 50 soldiers to participate in Full Moon Madness free of charge and provide scholarships to military and non-military families at Ft. Lee.  Other event sponsors included the Richmond Times-Dispatch, National Student Clearinghouse, DuPont, Dominion, Brenco, Cox Media Group, Atlantic Constructors, Village Bank, Virginia Asset Management, Martin’s, and William H. Talley & Son.

Watch our Full Moon Madness video, and check out the event photos on JTCC’s Flickr page.

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