Steps for Steph event to benefit animals

May 08, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Family and friends of a Greencastle-Antrim High School student who died in 2007 will host the second annual Steps for Steph Benefit Walk and Softball Tournament this month to raise money for local animal shelters.

Before a car accident claimed her life, Stephanie Zeis spent much of her free time volunteering at the local humane society and playing softball, her aunt Angie Miller said.

"She loved animals," Miller said. "This year, we want to do more for them (the animals)."

Miller said the two-mile benefit walk not only is open to the public, it is open to their dogs as well.

The event will also feature more for the animals that Stephanie loved so much, she said.

Both the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and the Human Society of Washington County will be on site with information about services.


And weather permitting, there will be a dog contest, she said, adding that categories for the pets have to be determined.

The walk will start behind Greencastle-Antrim High School on May 30 and will follow the school's cross-country track, Miller said.

The softball tournament also begins on May 30 and continues through May 31, she said.

Anyone interested in forming a team or walking in the event can contact Miller for a registration form. Last year, the event raised about $12,000 to benefit local animal shelters, Miller said.

"We will use some of the money raised this year to start a scholarship in Steph's name," she said.

Miller said Stephanie would be proud of the work her family and friends are doing for local homeless animals,

"I think she would be thrilled," Miller said.

"Anything we can do to help her beloved animals in her memory I am sure would mean the world to her."

If you go ...

What: Steps for Steph Benefit Walk and Softball Tournament

Where: Greencastle-Antrim High School

When: May 30-31, registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m., softball game starts at 8 a.m.

Info: Pre-registration fee for the walk is $15. At the gate, registration is $20. Registration for the softball tournament is $175 per team. Anyone interested in registering can contact Angie Miller at 717-597-7058 or at

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