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Goodwin, Schaar featured at Saturday's walk/run

Deloris Goodwin is one of two grand marshals for the American Cancer Society Walk/Run fundraiser in Ellsworth this Saturday. Betty Schaar will serve in the same capacity for the event, which will begin in the Snowball’s Bar parking lot in east end. Goodwin’s son, Clark, was last year’s grand marshal. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)1 / 2
Betty Schaar is joining Deloris Goodwin as grand marshals for Saturday’s American Cancer Society Walk/Run fundraiser. Schaar was asked by her husband’s oldest daughter and her spouse, Kris and John Jones, to consider being a grand marshal. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

A veteran of parades and another of the horse community are leading this Saturday’s American Cancer Society (ACS) Walk/Run fundraiser in Ellsworth.

Deloris Goodwin of El Paso is the experienced parade participant, having been a past El Paso Days grand marshal, and will be one of two grand marshals for the walk/run. Goodwin has been surrounded by cancer, as her late husband, Frank, was diagnosed with a slight case of leukemia before he died last year and a son, Clark, fought bladder cancer for over a decade.

It was the latter who signed her up for the walk/run grand marshal duty, Goodwin said Friday. She actually succeeds him in the role, as he was the fundraiser’s lone grand marshal as well as its chairman last year.

The health of another family member had her unsure whether she’ll be able to attend this year’s version, she said last week. One of her sisters, June, isn’t well, so she may go to their native North Dakota instead if that sibling’s condition worsens.

“It sounds like we’re going to ride,” she understood about the grand marshal pair’s part in the walk/run Saturday, assuming she’s still at home.

Information from the ACS shows the event will originate at the Snowball’s Bar parking lot in east end. Registration will start at 8 a.m. and the walk/run will get underway at 9 a.m. Afterward, there will be a bean bag toss, silent auction and DJ entertainment.

The two grand marshals are to be featured at the closing ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m. There will be door prizes, the top fundraisers named and the grand total announced. A free will donation lunch will conclude the festivities.

Goodwin estimated her El Paso Days grand marshal honor happened approximately 10 years ago, but she’s never been in the ACS walk/run.

“My connection with the cancer society has only been through Clark,” she said.

Yet, his mother is recognized in this vicinity in other ways. She said she recently retired after having been employed at the Red Barn Convenience Store in the Town of Martell for eight years. Previously, she worked at the former Langer’s Hardware in East Ellsworth for 14 years, and was also an employee of the old Farmers Union convenience station and hardware store at one time.

For more please read the July 23 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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