Natural High 5k raised $6,347.55 for Summer Outreach Club


By Portia Williams - [email protected]



Portia Williams | Daily Times Left to right: Gina Collingsworth, director of community relations and development for The Counseling Center, Clarence Parker, prevention program director and Summer Outreach Program coordinator at the inception of the Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival held at Earl Thomas Conley Park Saturday, June 25, in West Portsmouth.


Portia Williams | Daily Times The Counseling Center’s 2016 Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival had more than 100 participants Saturday, June 25 at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.


The Natural High 5k results include the following:

Overall male results

Reece Brown, first place, Tyson Trinidad, second place

Overall female results

Briana Tudor, first place, Ellen Berry second place

Female age group one-10

Claire Weller, first place, Ella Kirby, second place

Male age group one-10

Noah Widdey, first place, Luke Henson, second place

Male age group 11- 14

James Miller first place, Brody Austin, second place

Female age group 11-14

Kylie Brien

Female age group 15-19

Rylee Austin, first place, Emma Berry, second place

Male age group 15-19

Ryan Ferguson, first place, Todd Adkins, second place

Female age group 20-24

Shelby Dunham, first place, Jordan Henson second place

Male age group 20-24

Luke Watters

Female age group 25-29

Amelia Scior, first place, Karissa Couch, second place

Male age group 25-29

Brad Altman

Female age group 30-34

Jennifer Johnson, first place, Shay Fry second place

Male age group 30-34

Matt Setters first place, Bill Dever, second place

Female age group 35-39

Kasey Hall, first place, Rachel Ramey, second place

Male age group 35-39

Michael Burke, first place, Lucas Wright, second place

Female age group 40-44

Tracie Dunham, first place, Penny Liles, second place

Male age group 40-44

Chad Allen, first place, Michael Kitts, second place

Female age group 45-49

Cindy Maddox, first place, Jeannette Ferguson, second place

Female age group 50-54

Carolyn Pettit, first place, Joy Nutt, second place

Male age group 50-54

Stan Doddridge, first place, Carl Hileman, second place

Female age group 55-59

Brenda Horton, first place, Peggy Kindinger, second place

Male age group 55-59

Ernie Horton

Female age group 60-64

Sharon Malone, first place, Robin Stanley, second place

Male age group 60-64

Greg Malone, first place, Ed Hughes, second place

Female age group 65-98

Kendra Hughes, first place, Brenda Hale, second place

WEST PORTSMOUTH — The Counseling Center’s (TCC) Natural High 5K and Fitness Festival held in Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth Saturday raised $6, 347.55, which is the best yet, according to TCC staff. All proceeds will be allocated toward The Summer Outreach Club.

Melissa Whitt, Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival, community relations and development specialist for Compass Community Health(CCH) and TCC, and race coordinator, said the event would not be possible without the support of the community.

“Thank you to all of our wonderful event partners, participants and volunteers,” Whitt said. “Without them the event would not be possible and that is another example of how our community comes together to support a wonderful program, The Summer Outreach Club. It was a great day.”

Gina Collinsworth, director of community relations and development for CCH and TCC, said moving the Natural High 5K event from fall to summer has attributed to the event’s increased success.

“Every year we plan this fundraiser for the Summer Outreach Club and every year the community comes out to support us and make it a great day,” Collinsworth said. “Attendance was up and moving it from the fall to the summer has been a big success. This event offers something for everyone and we had runners, walkers, boot camp enthusiasts, hip hop heat dancers and yoga lovers. A big thank you to everyone who participated and all the fitness instructors, massage therapists and community partners for spending their Saturday morning with us.”

The Natural High 5K and Fitness Festival had 30 volunteers, 13 sponsors, eight donors and patrons, and more than 100 5k runners and Fitness Festival participants.

Skilyn Robinson has been an active participant in The Summer Outreach Club for six years, and said she has learned a lot from her experience. She is the daughter of Will Robinson and Brittney Manor.

“I think this event is important because it can help you to get in shape and it really helps out with The Summer Outreach Club,” Robinson said. “Outreach teaches how kids to listen, and to be part of a team, and to work well together.”

Clarence Parker has worked as coordinator of The Summer Outreach Club for 26 years, and as Prevention Program Director for TCC. Parker said the event is both fun for all, and necessary for the sustenance of Summer Outreach.

“This is an event that I believe is really exciting and fun for the community, and it provides additional funding for our Summer Outreach Club,” Parker said. “Because of our limited resources for putting on this program, our two major fundraisers are our Celebrity Chef Dinner and then this event. And so it is always gratifying to see the community come out and support it and help make those funds available so that next year we will be able to do Summer Outreach Club again.”

Though Parker’s retirement is imminent, he said he plans to keep watching The Summer Outreach Program move forward from a distance.

“It is bittersweet. I’ve enjoyed my tenure with The Counseling Center, working with The Summer Outreach Clubs,” Parker said. “But I am looking forward to a time of retirement, and kind of sitting on the sidelines watching, and seeing how the program continues to development and move forward.”

Portia Williams | Daily Times Left to right: Gina Collingsworth, director of community relations and development for The Counseling Center, Clarence Parker, prevention program director and Summer Outreach Program coordinator at the inception of the Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival held at Earl Thomas Conley Park Saturday, June 25, in West Portsmouth.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_IMG_0500.jpgPortia Williams | Daily Times Left to right: Gina Collingsworth, director of community relations and development for The Counseling Center, Clarence Parker, prevention program director and Summer Outreach Program coordinator at the inception of the Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival held at Earl Thomas Conley Park Saturday, June 25, in West Portsmouth.

Portia Williams | Daily Times The Counseling Center’s 2016 Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival had more than 100 participants Saturday, June 25 at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Natural5k.jpgPortia Williams | Daily Times The Counseling Center’s 2016 Natural High 5k and Fitness Festival had more than 100 participants Saturday, June 25 at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

The Natural High 5k results include the following:

Overall male results

Reece Brown, first place, Tyson Trinidad, second place

Overall female results

Briana Tudor, first place, Ellen Berry second place

Female age group one-10

Claire Weller, first place, Ella Kirby, second place

Male age group one-10

Noah Widdey, first place, Luke Henson, second place

Male age group 11- 14

James Miller first place, Brody Austin, second place

Female age group 11-14

Kylie Brien

Female age group 15-19

Rylee Austin, first place, Emma Berry, second place

Male age group 15-19

Ryan Ferguson, first place, Todd Adkins, second place

Female age group 20-24

Shelby Dunham, first place, Jordan Henson second place

Male age group 20-24

Luke Watters

Female age group 25-29

Amelia Scior, first place, Karissa Couch, second place

Male age group 25-29

Brad Altman

Female age group 30-34

Jennifer Johnson, first place, Shay Fry second place

Male age group 30-34

Matt Setters first place, Bill Dever, second place

Female age group 35-39

Kasey Hall, first place, Rachel Ramey, second place

Male age group 35-39

Michael Burke, first place, Lucas Wright, second place

Female age group 40-44

Tracie Dunham, first place, Penny Liles, second place

Male age group 40-44

Chad Allen, first place, Michael Kitts, second place

Female age group 45-49

Cindy Maddox, first place, Jeannette Ferguson, second place

Female age group 50-54

Carolyn Pettit, first place, Joy Nutt, second place

Male age group 50-54

Stan Doddridge, first place, Carl Hileman, second place

Female age group 55-59

Brenda Horton, first place, Peggy Kindinger, second place

Male age group 55-59

Ernie Horton

Female age group 60-64

Sharon Malone, first place, Robin Stanley, second place

Male age group 60-64

Greg Malone, first place, Ed Hughes, second place

Female age group 65-98

Kendra Hughes, first place, Brenda Hale, second place

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