Neal Scholarship 5k planning underway

RIO GRANDE — The fourth annual Fox Trot, the primary fund raiser for the Lorie Neal Scholarship, is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 14 at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. at the University of Rio Grande.

This day falls in coordination with other activities including the Bob Evans Farm Festival, University of Rio Grande athletic events and finishing with the traditional Rockets Over Rio fireworks.

As a past director of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, the late Lorie Neal passed away unexpectedly on September 25, 2013. As a member of the Alpha Mu Beta sorority and University of Rio Grande graduate, her colleagues say they remember her for her commitment to her community and to helping businesses, organizations and Gallia County as a whole reach their fullest potential.

Neal was a native of Meigs County where she attended and graduated from Eastern High School as Lorie Falls. Neal’s colleagues remember her for her work ethic and academic achievement which landed her scholarships and financial support that allowed her to pursue her own higher education. Sorority members say because of this history and the barriers that she overcame, Neal’s sorority and its alumni group have established the AMB Alumni Loire Neal Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to honor Neal and to support recipients who have shown the same high value on scholastic achievement while also working to serve and support their communities.

Funds from the Fox Trot 5K go to support the scholarship awarded annually to a chosen student of the University of Rio Grande and active member of Alpha Mu Beta.

The organizing group is currently seeking sponsors, donors and participants. There will be a 5K, a 1 mile walk and a kit race (children’s race for 10 and under). There will be multiple age groups with awards for the top male and female finisher in each. Visit and for more information and to register.

Staff Report