October 22, 2012

Phil Fitts Ford presents the Y’s Thanksgiving 5K Run & Walk & American Idol® contest

NEW CASTLE, Pa., October 22, 2012 –The New Castle Community YMCA’s youth scholarship fund will be supported by two events in November. Go Further with Ford Night on Nov. 15 features an opportunity for American Idol® fans to win prizes like tickets to the show and a 2013 Ford Fusion. The Thanksgiving Day 5K Run & Walk on Nov. 22 gives families a chance to fellowship and compete together before they gather at their tables to give thanks. Both events are presented by Phil Fitts Ford & Lincoln.


On Nov. 15, you can enter to win American Idol® tickets, a VIP experience or 2013 Ford Fusion and support the Y all by participating in the nation-wide Go Further with Ford night. Phil Fitts Ford is unveiling its 2013 Fusion during the City of New Castle’s Light Up night. Drop by the YMCA Downtown or the dealership to put your Idol judging skills to the test.

Bill Fitts said, “Ford will donate $10 for each participant up to $500, when they test their judging skills with American Idol®. You’ll help a great charity, our local Y, and get a chance to win a new 2013 Ford Fusion and VIP American Idol prize package.”

Contest participants will be asked to critique a music video starring the 2013 Fusion as the performer and their critique will be recorded. The winning video entry will be invited to an American Idol® taping as a VIP guest.


“The Y invites runners, walkers and their families to participate in our 4th annual 5K Run & Walk Thanksgiving morning,” Wellness Director and race coordinator Chrissy Neff said. “Wheelchairs, strollers and pets on leashes are welcome.”

Fitts said, “As a business owner here in New Castle, I find it very important to support our community. By sponsoring the Y’s annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run & Walk, it’s a great way to give back to the community that supports Phil Fitts Ford, as well as bringing people together on the holidays for a fun, health-minded event.”

The race features a live DJ, refreshments and an awards ceremony after the race. The top male and female overall finishers and the top three finishers in each age group will receive a medal. Age groups are: 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+.

“We hope to see at least 350 participants with their families on that morning,” Neff said.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Race packets will be distributed and t-shirts will be available while supplies last. The gym will also be open for participants to warm up before the race.

The race starts at 9 a.m. in front of the YMCA Downtown and the course winds through downtown New Castle. Registration forms and course maps are available at The race entry fee is $20/person if it’s postmarked by Nov. 10 and $25/person after Nov. 10 and on race day. Only those who pre-register are guaranteed a t-shirt.

Jason Kmick, Y-Zone Branch Executive and race committee member said, “The race supports the Y’s Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to neighbors in crisis. We don’t turn anyone away from the Y because of inability to pay for membership or programs. Most often youth and families are referred to us by teachers, counselors and principals but anyone can apply for financial assistance.”

The race is also sponsored by Center Stage Academy of Dance, R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., R.W. Cox Garage Doors, PABCOR, Inc., Neshannock Lions Club, Gallo’s Italian Villa, Mister B’s, Graziani Construction, Inc. and MedExpress Urgent Care. Sponsorships are still available and interested businesses should contact Neff or Kmick at 724.658.4766 for information.

About the Y

At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We engage 6,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the county’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Rooted in the Lawrence County community for 145 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at