CRANFORD, NJ -- More than 150 runners and walkers participated in the 16th annual 5K Race for Mom to benefit Holy Trinity Interparochial School in Westfield.

"For the third year, we are proud that Holy Trinity Interparochial School's Bridge the Gap Fund will be the beneficiary of the proceeds from the event," said Scotch Plains resident Tim Dursee, who organizes the annual 5K/Walk in honor of his mother, Charlotte.

The Dursee family began the Walk/5K for Mom in 1999 in Honor of Charlotte Dursee. She lost her battle to breast cancer at age 53. In the past 14 years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for various local charities.

Charlotte Dursee was a woman with a strong sense of her Catholic faith. Her commitment to her family and faith led her to Holy Trinity School. She sent her six children here and went on to serve as the Home & School Association president.   The school’s sense of community, faith and excellence in education was something that Mrs. Dursee held dear to her heart.