Palmer shines for sixth year in a row at record-setting Silicon Valley Turkey Trot
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For the sixth year in a row, Palmer’s San Jose campus played a major role in the 2014 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot (SVTT), a Thanksgiving morning fundraiser in downtown San Jose organized by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), which set new records for participants (more than 26,000) and donations to local charities (nearly $1-million).
Once again, the 25-foam-segment Palmer Spine provided “the backbone” of the 5K walk, and the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics provided complimentary sports-care services for registrants in an event that debuted in 1995 with 1,900 participants, and has since grown to become the largest timed “Turkey Trot” event in the U.S.
Palmer College has also been an event sponsor that past six years, during which the San Jose Campus has earned “Fittest Firm” honors three times (for having the largest number of SVTT participants among companies with 50-100 employees).
In addition to the monetary donation from SVTT registrations, participants contributed more than 40,000 canned-food items for the “Can Do Challenge,” which enables Second Harvest Food Bank to brighten the holidays for less-fortunate families in the South Bay area by providing bags of groceries.
Palmer’s San Jose campus Associated Student Government supported the “Can Do Challenge” by organizing a donation drive involving each class, and presenting the 333 collected items (with a weight of 336 pounds) directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank distribution center located around the corner from the campus, on N. First St.
“On the occasion of the event’s 10th anniversary, Carl Guardino (CEO and president) and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group are to be commended for creating the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which has grown to become a Thanksgiving tradition for many families, and Palmer is proud to positively impact their Turkey Trot experience in so many ways,” said Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., president, Palmer’s San Jose campus.
“Our collective presence at this event elevates an awareness of the chiropractic profession, and an appreciation for Palmer College. We’re proud of our community involvement, and San Jose appreciates us, too. It was fun, educational, charitable and healthy – what better way to celebrate Thanksgiving?”
Palmer students who helped carry The Spine at this year’s SVTT included: Luigi De Santis, Pooja Dhir, Jenn Drumm, Alex Fitzowich, Hannah Flammang, Sarah Honhoulis, Jong Hwan Kim, Cynequa Kozak, Brad Kufuke, Cameron Lee, Haley Luond, Michael McDonald, Alain Nicolas-David, Dane O’Brien, Jessika Parham, Adam Pootmus, Ali Robertson, Craig Robinson, Kirtpaul Sandhu, Nav Sohi, Chris Sokolick, Elisha Walker, and Jeff Wong. Faculty and staff participants included Lisa Davis, Mehdi Moossavi, D.C., and Tanya Rodriquez.
The Palmer Spine received special recognition from stage announcers, including KQED-Channel 9 host Greg Sherwood, as it passed the starting line, and SVLG Presdient and CEO Carl Guardino acknowledged Palmer College’s years of sponsorship and participation in the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, from The Spine to the complimentary care provided by the Palmer Clinics.
This year’s San Jose campus Sports Council team included: Clinicians – Pauline Anderson, D.C., and Ti Pence, D.C.; Interns – Alex Anders, Christina Binder, Katie Blundell, Hannah Soza-Hodgkinson, and Erica Heppe; Observers – Kirsten Bryson, Matt Fuller, Sawyer Hildebrant, Carolyne Nellis, Mike Oldfield, Will Shiau, Sharon Tseng, and Trent Wittal; Tent Spectators – Joanna Luong, Vanessa Ng, Hailey Robinson, Raymond San Augustin, Michael Simele, Lauren Thompson, Courtney Wilson.
Once again, Palmer’s participation in the Turkey Trot was coordinated by San Jose Campus staff members Lisa Davis (President’s Office) and Chuck Bustillos (Marketing and Communication).
For additional highlights of Palmer’s participation in the 2014 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, visit the “Palmer West” page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/palmerwestcampus?ref=hl