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Alcoa employees raise money for area charities

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MASSENA — Both hourly and salaried employees of the Aluminum Company of America will walk and run together Saturday at Robert Moses State Park to raise money for food during the holidays for area charities.

Thomas J. Seguin, director of the Alcoa Employee Food Drive 5k, said the event received the AIM (Alcoans in Motion) grant of $2,500 offered by the Alcoa Foundation to a fitness charity event with at least five Alcoa employees participating.

Mr. Seguin said the community is invited to attend the 9 a.m. walk or run at the Barnhart Beach pavilion, where there will be awards, door prizes, light refreshments and T-shirts, with all proceeds benefitting the Massena Neighborhood Center, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and St. Vincent de Paul center.

“We do this because it helps these four groups so much,” Mr. Seguin said. “They appreciate what we do because of the need in Massena.”

Jane M. Mogle-Besaw, co-chairwoman of the annual event, said that this is the fourth year of the event and it will be honoring a special participant.

“We’re going to try to honor someone locally each year,” she said. “Frank Bida was the oldest participant in this event for two years, so we thought he would be a great candidate.”

Mr. Bida, 86, Massena, bicycled an average of 30 to 40 miles every day before retiring his bike two years ago, Mr. Seguin said.

Ms. Mogle-Besaw said that last year the event honored Mr. Seguin’s sister Kathi A. Seguin Lucas, who was a faithful participant in the fundraiser before she died two years ago.

Ms. Mogle-Besaw said that although Alcoa employees raise funds throughout the year, the Food Drive 5k is their biggest event.

“Each year it gets better and bigger,” she said.

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