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Prouty Needs Hundreds to Help

  • Joe Roberter and "Lefty" Sanders turn sausages over on the grill at the Prouty in Hanover in July 2011. Volunteers kept the participants fed and well-hydrated throughout the event. (Valley News - Polina Yamshchikov)

    Joe Roberter and "Lefty" Sanders turn sausages over on the grill at the Prouty in Hanover in July 2011. Volunteers kept the participants fed and well-hydrated throughout the event. (Valley News - Polina Yamshchikov)

  • Dartmouth students Eirik Voll, of Norway, foreground, and Ali Uribe, of Germany, work to clean out 70 water coolers left over from the Prouty fundraiser at Richmond Middle School in Hanover in July 2012. “We all signed up to do some volunteering and some people got the day of the event and I guess you could say some less-fortunate people got clean-up,” Voll said. “But that's fine. This has to be done, too.” (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan)

    Dartmouth students Eirik Voll, of Norway, foreground, and Ali Uribe, of Germany, work to clean out 70 water coolers left over from the Prouty fundraiser at Richmond Middle School in Hanover in July 2012. “We all signed up to do some volunteering and some people got the day of the event and I guess you could say some less-fortunate people got clean-up,” Voll said. “But that's fine. This has to be done, too.” (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan)

  • Joe Roberter and "Lefty" Sanders turn sausages over on the grill at the Prouty in Hanover in July 2011. Volunteers kept the participants fed and well-hydrated throughout the event. (Valley News - Polina Yamshchikov)
  • Dartmouth students Eirik Voll, of Norway, foreground, and Ali Uribe, of Germany, work to clean out 70 water coolers left over from the Prouty fundraiser at Richmond Middle School in Hanover in July 2012. “We all signed up to do some volunteering and some people got the day of the event and I guess you could say some less-fortunate people got clean-up,” Voll said. “But that's fine. This has to be done, too.” (Valley News - Ryan Dorgan)

Hanover — How many volunteers does it take to make The Prouty — the annual multi-modal fundraising event for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center — come off without a hitch?

According to volunteer recruiter Susan Whelihan, the magic number hovers somewhere around 1,200.

What do all those people do to help the thousands cyclists, walkers, rowers, golfers and even “virtual” participants?

It would be easier to describe what they don’t do.

The volunteer options span everything from carrying heavy boxes of water bottles to posting news of the event on community calendars. Whelihan is looking for massage therapists and parking guards, golf attendants and recycling sorters, store clerks and food servers. She needs volunteers willing to work before, during and after the event, set to take place July 12-13.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Whelihan at susan.whelihan@dartmouth.edu or 603-653-9073. Anyone interested in walking, biking, rowing or golfing to raise money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center should visit www.theprouty.org.

— Diane Taylor