BY LAUREN GIUNTA
Friends, family and the Scranton community will honor the life of a University alumnus at the second annual Michael Mulhall 5K run/ walk in October.
Michael Mulhall, a member of the class of 2010, died in a car accident shortly after his graduation from The University.
Friends and fellow classmates Sean Kirk and Michael Clark have set up the Michael Mulhall ‘10 Scholarship in his honor.
The run will be held will be held Oct. 5 at Nay Aug Park. There is a registration fee of $30, and all of the proceeds will go to the scholarship fund. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the run starts at noon. The 5K Fun Run/Walk had more than 300 participants last year and raised move than $10,000.
“Overall it was an amazing weekend with an incredible group of family and friends who were all there to honor Michael, who continues to inspire us each and every day,” Grace said.
Friends and family have held other fundraisers for the scholarship. They include the Booze Cruise in Sea Isle City, a trip to a New York Yankees game and the Mulhall Malone Benefit Basketball Game, which featured local Long Island basketball stars as well as past and present NBA players.
Michael worked at Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation), a camp for both children and adults with special needs, on Long Island for nine years.
Carrie Mulhall, one of Michael’s younger sisters, is familiar with ANCHOR.
“ANCHOR is by far the happiest place and most welcoming place,” Mulhall said. “Many people involved in this incredible program say that a bad day at ANCHOR is still better than a good day anywhere else.”
Grace Mulhall, is another one of Michael’s younger sisters.
“Michael was passionate in assisting children and adults with special needs and loved every second he spent with this special population of people. He had an infectious personality that drew many people to him.”
Helping others was such a big part of Michael’s life, which is why his scholarship recipient will be a student studying special education. The Michael Mulhall ’10 Scholarship will be given out for the first time for the fall 2014 school year to an incoming first-year.
While attending The University, Mulhall was a member of the roller hockey team and was known by friends as a fun, kind and generous person. He was always looking to have a good time and would make sure that everyone around him was just as excited about life as he was. He was a loving son, caring brother and friend to everyone around him.
“Michael was once described as ‘quintessentially Scranton,’” Carrie said. “He was the life of every party with a constant smile on his face that lit up every room he entered. He was kindhearted and selfless in everything he did.”
To register for the run, visit www.scranton.edu/development/royalfund/mulhall-5K.shtml.
Donations can be made to the scholarship fund at any time by going to The University’s website and making a donation to the Royal Fund with a memo for the donation to go toward the scholarship.
The Mulhall family would like to thank everyone for their continued support, and the family hopes many will participate Oct. 5.
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