By Steve Dreyer
Community members are stepping up and writing checks to help finance the 49th annual Poway Days Parade and inaugural 5K/1 Mile walk run, both to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Parade chairwoman Pauline Getz on Monday said that $26,000 has been raised to pay for parade expenses, meaning that only another $3,000 is needed to reach the $30,000 goal set by the sponsoring Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps.
Recently added to the list of parade sponsors were the Rotary Club, ($5,000); U.S. Army, Liquid Design - Blanca Fisher and Sheldon Site Utilities, ($1,000); and Mary Karscig and the Mickey Cafagna family, ($500).
Donations can be made through the parade website at
- The money will be used to pay for the transportation of marching bands and for speciality acts, bleachers, portable restrooms and related items, Getz said.
The parade has drawn 70 entrants so far, including the marching bands from Poway, Mt. Carmel, Westview, Rancho Bernardo and Del Norte high schools. An entry form can be downloaded at the parade website.
Meanwhile, the run/walk now has an official title sponsor thanks to a $5,000 donation by the Rancho Bernardo-based Live Right Wellness Centers. Founder Harvey Hershkowitz provided the check late last week, according to Getz.
The run/walk also has an official starter: five-time world champion BMX (bicycle motocross) rider Dale Holmes, a Poway resident.
The 5K route will begin at 7 a.m. and end at Community Park. Runners and walkers will be done in time to enjoy a breakfast to be prepared by the Poway Kiwanis Club and to view the parade along Poway Road. The entire 1-mile “Walk in the Park” will take place in the Community Park.
The entry fee is $5 per person or $10 for a family. Runners and walkers can register at