Friends West Fest, human chain, walk/run set for Sept. 28

The RO Foundation is excited to bring local communities together for another wonderful event.

“Friends West Fest” is back for a third year along with the PKC Walk/Fun Run and Missing Links Community Connection. All three will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 in Fredonia.

PKC Walk/Run

Registration starts at 11 a.m. in the registration tent on Center Street, Fredonia. Starting at noon the walk/fun run will start, and go through village streets ending at the corner of Center and Church streets. This year’s theme is “Green and anything in between.” Prizes will be handed out to the best team and individual dressed in green.

Human Chain

At approximately 1 p.m. following the walk/fun run, participants will form a human chain from downtown Fredonia up West Main Street hill to Chestnut Street. This will be to show awareness to cancer patients and survivors in memory of Bob and Joan Link, parents of Maggie Owen, co-founder of the RO Foundation and Relay for Life Team “Missing Links.”

Friends West Fest

From 3-7 p.m. enjoy music and food at participating establishments Coughlan’s Pub and 41 West along West Main Street in Fredonia.

The cost of this year’s walk/fun run is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 9, and $20 the day of the walk.

Participants are encouraged to print out the sponsor sheet and get people to sponsor them. Individuals who get $100 in sponsorships will receive a free T-shirt. Otherwise, T-shirts are $10, which can be ordered when pre-registering no later than today at Any shirts ordered after that may be picked up the day of the walk/run.

The fee includes a goody bag, walk/run, food and drink after Community Link, music by Big Tone, Left of Center, Roll of the Dice and Rocking Richards Road Show. Host establishments are Coughlan’s Pub and 41 West. A Chinese Auction will be set up on the sidewalk in front of 41 West. You do not have to participate in the walk/run to purchase chances. Sponsorships are welcomed; contact Joe Russo for more information.

This year, the event proceeds will benefit the following organizations:

RO Foundation

Assisting local patients and families with unexpected travel to treatment centers and hospitals for long term treatments, in the form of gas, food and lodging. Last year RO Foundation awarded more than $9,000 in assistance.

Rural Ministries

Created to meet unmet needs in this community. This year one particular family in need will receive assistance.

Patrick K. Coughlin Scholarship Fund

Last year’s walk benefited two scholarships to area high school seniors – Taylor Kickbush of Gowanda High School and John Ludwig of Fredonia High School. Each received $500 to assist them with their continuing higher education.

For more information or to register for the walk, go to, call Joe Russo at 716-785-7505 or email