Newk's Eatery-Texarkana stayed the course and ran the race for a good cause. Newk's sponsored a 5k run on September 26 in support of ovarian cancer research. Fundraising for this cause is a company-wide effort and this year is the first time Newk's-Texarkana was the top fundraiser.
"We raised $4,800 for ovarian cancer research this year," said Shirley Lara, general manager of Newk's-Texarkana. "September is ovarian cancer support month, where awareness and fundraising is focused on that cause. The cause is one close to the heart for Newk's, as Chris Newcomb, co-founder of the restaurant, along with his wife, Lori, personally dealt with the disease. When they began the journey of establishing Newk's, now 15 years old, Lori was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013. She unfortunately lost her battle and passed away February 2019. Ever since she got her diagnosis, the Newcomb family and the Newk's organization has put effort into the mission of supporting ovarian cancer research."
The local Newk's staff did their part by hosting a 5k run in support of Lori Newcomb and all other women impacted by this battle.
"Monica Beeman, our late marketing director, was instrumental in organizing our ovarian cancer support," said Lara. "She got it all together, the support efforts, including the 5k run."
Out of 115 restaurants in the organization, Newk's-Texarkana was the top performer this year.
"I'd like to thank everyone who supported our efforts this year," said Lara. "Over 47 runners did the 5k, despite the obstacles currently presented by COVID. It was a great turnout for the event. We look forward to seeing all the runners again in 2021."
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance is the organization Newk's officially supports.
"Thanks to our local co-owners, Mike Cox, Mark Towson and Sam Markezich," she said.