The Pennsylvania Dutch Council and Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services (KPETS) are teaming up this year for the Pennsylvania Dutch Council’s annual Virtual Race, an event aimed at raising funds and awareness for both organizations.

Celebrating its fourth year, the Virtual Race invites community members and scouting families to participate in a 5K or 15K run, walk, bike, hike, or shuffle at a location of their choosing during the month of June. Participants will receive a printable bib via email, which they’re encouraged to sport during their race and share photos on the Facebook event page.

Previously, the Pennsylvania Dutch Council has partnered with Raven Ridge Wildlife Center, Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, and Power Packs Project.

Registration for the race comes at a fee of $20, which includes the print-at-home bib and a commemorative patch. Proceeds will be split between KPETS and the Pennsylvania Dutch Boy Scout Council, which has served Lancaster and Lebanon counties since 1971.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Council also maintains the Bashore and J. Edward Mack scout reservations, located at the northernmost and easternmost sides of Lebanon County. The Boy Scouts of America have roots in Lebanon County dating back more than 110 years.

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Those interested can register at the Pennsylvania Dutch Council website. For additional information, contact Nicole Welch at

KPETS provides vital therapeutic services to thousands of individuals. With two to four new requests for visits every day, the organization is in dire need of funds to continue its growth, maintain its overhead costs, and offer its services free of charge.

“To continue to offer services to an expanding list of facilities, we are at the point where we need more funds than ever to keep us going and growing – to provide our services at no cost, to meet our overhead costs, and to maintain the coordination within our organization that enables our volunteers to reach out in their communities,” said Darlene Graham, interim executive director at KPETS.

Graham said that KPETS also hopes to launch an online orientation option, which Graham said the organization hopes attract more volunteers.

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