Up & Coming Weekly

November 30, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM SEPTEMBER 22-28, 2021 UCW 15 Jingle Jog returns, Dec. 4 by EMILY SUSSMAN e Green Beret Jingle Jog is an an- nual 5K walk/run and 10K road race. is year Jingle Jog is turning a decade old. Last year, 2020, would have been the event's tenth anniversary, but CO- VID-19 halted the event. In connection with changes made in the wake of the pandemic, participants can register and participate virtually this year. e annual run benefits Special Forces Association, Chapter 100, a non-profit organization. e proceeds support Green Berets and their fami- lies within the local community, pre- dominantly those associated with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). Most recently, Special Forces Associa- tion Chapter 100 awarded local Special Forces families ten $2,000 scholarships for grade school and college tuitions. Special Forces Association, Chapter 100 supports Green Berets in times of need. "If they are gone or away and some- thing is needed, we are the first people they [families can] call," explained Jason Orello, treasurer, Special Forces Association Chapter 100. is year Jingle Jog, which began as a downtown Fayetteville event, is joining forces with the Jordan Soccer Complex at 445 Treetop Drive. ere will be a selection of vendors on-site that include, but are not limited to, the Vagabond coffee truck and Fizzy Friendz Bath Bombs. Two young sisters run Fizzy Friendz Bath Bombs, Cali Rai Campos, aged 13 and Elizabeth Campos, aged 15. e shop carries a selection of bath products. e proceeds from the sales of this business support a community- driven mission. at mission is real- ized through a charity formed by the five Campos family children, Giving Back Warm Hugs Nonprofit Corpora- tion, helping children in need. Orello is hoping for even more vendors to join the event. Last-minute vendors are welcome at no cost. ey can reach out to Orello by phone, 910- 797-3957 or by email, jayorello7414@ gmail.com "If it helps somebody and it pro- motes their business, then come on out," Orello said. In Jingle Jog's early days, Julio Ramirez, a retired Green Beret, was a big part of the planning of Jingle Jogs of the past and also planned a host of other local charity runs. Ramirez passed away three years ago from leu- kemia at the age of 54. In his honor, his wife, Coco Ramirez, has taken up the gauntlet and has been working with Special Forces Association, Chapter 100 to plan the Jingle Jog this year in his stead. Some of the older Jingle Jog t-shirt designs bare his name. e Jingle Jog t-shirt given to registered participants has changed over the years. "e shirt is a thank you for coming out and recognition for the sponsors," Orello said. In addition to the change of venue, there is also a new shirt design this year. e design features a reindeer with a green beret. e event is on Dec. 4, and the race will start at 9 a.m. Jingle Jog is a family-friendly event and is suitable for the whole house- hold. Jingle Jog is a festive event, and participants, human and canine alike, have been known to dress up in all manner of holiday costumes. is year will be no different; costumes, strollers and pets will be welcome at the Jingle Jog. ere are currently 165 participants registered. Registrants include local high schoolers who are to participate and compete. e high school cadet team with the best overall run will walk away with an 18A Special Forces Trophy. ere is a registration dis- count for high schoolers wishing to compete on the website. To register for the Jingle Jog, visit greenberetjinglejog.itsyourrace.com. EVENTS Festive runners prepare for the Green Beret Jingle Jog in downtown Fayetteville. (Photo courtesy of Fort Bragg Command Information.) W�W � The Dance Theatre of Fayetteville presents: ( � t Meth ist University Huff Concert Hall / • ) Friday, Dec. 3rd, 7:30pm Saturday, Dec. 4th, 7:30pm Sunday, Dec. 5th, 3:00pm TICKETS in Advance: Adults $10.00 Children $5.00 TICKETS at the Door: Adults $15.00 Children $5.00 For more information, text Leslie @ 910-850-6363. www.dancetheatreoffayetteville.org (K-12) (K-12) Under Age 5 is Free Special Thanks to Up & Coming Weekly P R E S E N T S Print & Sign Shop Westwood & Fort Bragg This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Carols NOV 26-28, DEC 3-5, DEC 17-19, 2021 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT 910-678-7186 AND GilbertTheater.com Book and lyrics by Jennifer Childs Music by Monica Stephenson EMILY SUSSMAN, Editor. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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