Town council waives police funds for Color Me Cameron Run



Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting began with some community presentations, the first of which concerned the annual Color Me Cameron 5k Run/Walk.

The 5k was organized to celebrate the life of Cameron Fitzwater following his death in a car accident in 2012. This will be the second year for the Color Me Cameron Run.

All proceeds from the color run go to a scholarship fund in Cameron’s name, which helps graduating seniors from Pulaski County High School with college expenses.

Cameron’s mother, Terri Fitzwater-Palmore, came before the council to request help funding this year’s 5k. According to her, one of the biggest expenses the event will incur this year will be for help from the Town of Pulaski Police Dept. for $2,300.

Fitzwater-Palmore requested that the council pay the $2,300 to the police dept. to cover overtime costs, which would allow for more money to be put in the scholarship fund to honor Cameron.

According to Fitzwater-Palmore, 421 people participated in the Color Me Cameron run last year, and she expects to exceed that number this year. She also noted that the event was organized through a partnership with the Town of Pulaski.

The police dept. would help patrol where the roads are blocked off to make way for the runners, and members from the Virginia Tech Core Cadet have volunteered to help as well. The event will also feature door prizes and live band.

The council responded positively to Fitzwater-Palmore’s request, considering how successful the first Color Me Cameron Run was last year. With that, the council moved to waive the $2,300 fee for the police department.

“I look for this event to grow every year,” said councilman David Clark. “There is overwhelming feeling brought out by anything tie-dye, and it speaks well to Cameron, and the impact he still has on the community.”

The council also heard a presentation from Safe Haven’s Executive Director Ellen Mitchell. Safe Haven is a nonprofit organization that manages court ordered supervised visitation for children and other victims of domestic violence.

According to Mitchell, Safe Haven survives month-to-month, with reliance on volunteer work and funding from civic organizations, churches, and individuals. She also noted that since starting seven years ago, Safe Haven has served over 350 families in the area.

Mitchell pointed out that the cases dealt with at Safe Haven are getting more and more severe every day, and requested help funding security needs. She cited recent cases of violence in centers similar to Safe Haven, and how they need to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

“We deal with that fear every day, but we’re blessed that nothing has happened, and we need to keep it that way,” said Mitchell. “We need help from anyone that could possibly give us any type of help.”

Mayor Jeff Worrell, along with the rest of the council, agreed to take Mitchell’s request into consideration for the council’s upcoming budget session.

Other items on the agenda included the DEQ Stormwater Grant, as well as project updates on the Water Treatment Plant and the Joint Dispatch project.



5 Responses to Town council waives police funds for Color Me Cameron Run

  1. Anonymous

    February 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    This is fantastic! The run last year was the first time that I experienced the community really came together in such a beautiful way. It was very refreshing and Cameron’s spirit was alive. I hope the town of Pulaski can have more community events of this nature to continue the growth that is happening, Pulaski has such a bad rep, I’m not originally from here, but there are a lot of great things about this town.

  2. Anonymous

    February 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    The Police force in Pulaski are top-notch and good people who I truly think care about our community. Maybe if asked, more than a few will be willing to donate an hour or more of their time without pay to support the event. That could defray some costs a little.

  3. Allen Palmore

    February 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Our sincerest thanks go the the Town Council and the Town of Pulaski. We hope this event will get bigger each year and hope that we can raise enough money to keep this scholarship going for a long time. Cameron is greatly missed by us and we look for this scholarship to be his legacy and memorial.
    The Town of Pulaski has been nothing but extremely supportive of what we are doing to honor Cameron and we are eternally grateful.

  4. PCHS Alumnist

    February 9, 2014 at 12:59 am

    One thing I wish the scholarship committee along with I guess PCHS athletics should consider doing in order to raise enough money for the scholarship is to host an invitational track meet sort of like the Cosmopolitan track meet hosted at Salem High School every year.

    The “Cameron Fitzwater” Invitational Track Meet would be held at PCHS sometime during the outdoor track season I’m guessing between late March into Middle May and would potentially feature various high school as well as middle school track teams throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as potentially track programs from neighboring states. Identical to the Cosmopolitan meet, this would become a weekend meet (Semi finals on Friday, and Finals on Saturday).

    A reasonable $5 dollar gate admission for spectators would be appreciated along with concessions operating on both sides of Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium.

    I think Cameron would appreciate this dearly, and it would be a great opportunity to watch great track teams compete.

  5. PCHS Alumnist

    February 9, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Also, I think it would be great for PCHS athletics to sponsor in the winter during basketball season a memorial basketball invitational tournament for both the boys and girls basketball teams in memory of two basketball enthusiasts at PCHS.

    For the boys basketball team, I would love to see a Michael Cassarri Invitational in memory of Michael Cassarri, the son of former PCHS basketball coach Mark Cassarri who died in a car accident in December of 2002. And for girls basketball, I would love to see a Brenda King Invitational in memory of former PCHS girls basketball coach Brenda King who passed away from cancer.

    I think there are scholarships in memory of both Michael Cassarri & Brenda King still active. I know that this would be a great way to help finance both scholarships as well as see a great competition of high school basketball at PCHS.

    Identical to the Cameron Fitzwater Track Invitational idea, the Cassarri and the Brenda King tournaments should be hosted potentially around the holiday season with both middle and high school teams competing. It would also be great to see a prep school program such as for instance, New River Community College men’s b-ball squad or Oak Hill close out the tournament with game.

    We’re talking potentially a lot of fans coming out and supporting this great cause.

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