Community supports annual Joe Manfreda Dream Dash

Lucinda Vang and Josh Kovach

On Saturday, May 7, students, staff, and supporters of the Roseville Community Schools participated in the third annual Dream Dash. It is the second year honoring Joe Manfreda who passed away in January 2015. The 5K run/walk gathered over 200 participants not including volunteers from staffs and members of the National Honor Society. This year the RCSSF raised enough money for about three to five scholarships. Gifts that were donated by area businesses, such as The Body Shop, Hanson’s Running Shop, Dearborn Sausage Company, Famous Dave’s, Apollo Lanes, Einstein Bagels, Belle Tire, Robert & Catherine Halso, Dooley’s Roseville, Kroger (13 mile & Little Mack), Apple Annie’s Ram’s Horn, Laura & Robert Adams, Kathleen Delia, Cheryl Kowalezy-State Farm, Cloverleaf Pizza (13 mile), and Sheryl Vitale-Origami Owl were also raffled off after the participants finished the 5K run/walk.

Manfreda’s brother and alumni Jay Manfreda said, “It was great to run the Dream Dash for a second year, but even better having graduated a year ago now, to see all of my old friends from Roseville and family that came out to show their support.”

Math teacher, David Skidmore’s son, Adam, came in first followed by junior Rickey Shackelford in second.

Regarding coming in first place, Adam Skidmore said, “It was really fun to participate in the Dream Dash along with my dad and the Roseville Community.”

90 year old Navy World War II veteran, Don Clark, also participated in the 5K run/walk once again this year along with many other participants. One of the other biggest standouts of the year is the vast amount of little runners from the running club who have been training at Memorial Park. The running club consisted of many students from the elementary schools, such as Steenland, Fountain, Dort, and many more.

The results are available at and pictures are being posted on the Joe Manfreda Dream Dash page on Facebook.