The 5th annual Grinch Gallop fundraiser is Saturday, Dec. 14 at Smyrna High School.

The annual fundraiser was started five years ago to help then SHS librarian Lori Robinson, who was suffering from cancer. Now the fundraiser benefits the Lori Robinson Scholarship and other Smyrna-Clayton residents battling cancer.

Organizing the fundraiser this year are teachers Jennifer Lindell and Maura Schafer, and Associate Principal Marc Deisem.

Here are the highlights of the event.


1. Running for a cause. The Grinch Gallop is a 5K run/walk at Smyrna High School. There is also a 1-mile Holiday Walk. Registration is $25. There will be an awards ceremony held after the races. Schafer said the awards are custom-made trophies from the Smyrna High School art department and are awarded to the top male/female in the 5K run. There will be categories for children and trophies handed out to the top male/female in the 1-mile walk.

2. And there's more. Like last year, there will also be a book sale to benefit the fundraiser. There will also be a few gift baskets to raffle off. New to this year's event is an award for the Best Group Costume. The group must include two or more runners/walkers. The winner will receive a $150 gift card.

3. Helping those in need. Along with putting money towards the Lori Robinson Scholarship, two local residents will also benefit from the fundraiser: Olga Lopez – wife of custodian Miguel Lopez – who has stomach cancer, and Barb Reed, who has mesothelioma.

"Our goal this year is to get over $5,000," Schafer said.


"It's something to do on a cold Saturday where we can be a part of the community that is always so willing to be so helpful." – Smyrna High School teacher Maura Schafer.

Email Jennifer Dailey at