2006 ABWA StrutCommunity business professionals strut their stuff for BHSU

The 19th annual American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Strut will be held Friday, Sept. 7 in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center field house on the campus of Black Hills State University. Business men and women from Spearfish will be picking up the pace and strutting their stuff for a fund-raiser that benefits BHSU students.

Participants in professional attire mixed with tennis shoes compete in a race-walk relay to support scholarships for BHSU. Members of the five-person teams take turns carrying a briefcase and a rolled business document that doubles as a baton to complete a short trek. They have to walk, not run, but do it as quickly as they can to edge out the other teams.

The “strut” started as a downtown event with team members each walking a city block before handing off the baton. Inclement weather moved it to the New York Plaza's covered parking area at the corner of Main Street and Jackson Boulevard. The event has since moved to the Young Center field house and has grown, now including a significant amount of spectators cheering on their favorite teams.

Local businesses, individuals and organizations act as sponsors for $50 each, money that is specifically earmarked for the scholarship fund. A $35 team fee for the strut is given back to participants in the form of prizes, allowing all of the sponsorship money to be used for scholarships.

Registration begins at 5:15 p.m., in the Young Center field house, with the strut kicking off at 5:45 p.m.

ABWA awards four scholarships, one to a Spearfish high school senior, and three to ongoing students at BHSU. What started with two scholarships, one to a high school senior planning to attend BHSU and one to a BHSU student, has grown to four, thanks to the  generosity of the many sponsors.

The Spearfish ABWA chapter Strut has produced more than $36,900 for more than 70 students attending BHSU since its inception in 1988.

For more information about the event, contact Rilea Moyer at 642-2111 ext. 1049