Mellonie Sanborn successfully completed a 22-plus-mile hike to benefit the Trail Conference’s future headquarters at the Darlington Schoolhouse on Saturday, July 20 . Accompanying Mellonie were three other Trail Conference members and volunteers: Ed DiSalvo from West Milford, NJ, and Irene and Gary Auleta from Franklin Lakes, NJ. Chris Norris from Norwood, NJ, and Trail Conference Development Director Don Weise supplied water, snacks, and words of encouragement for two-thirds of the group’s hike. Starting at 7:15am from Darlington Schoolhouse on Rt 202 in Mahwah, NJ, Mellonie and crew hiked to Senator Frank Lautenberg Visitor Center in Sterling Forest State Park in New York in 10.25 hours, in temperatures reaching into the 90s, to complete their through-hike, ending at the visitor center at 5:30pm.
Mellonie’s hike to benefit Darlington Schoolhouse has raised $1,680 so far. The Trail Conference is still collecting donations towards the benefit hike. Help us get Mellonie to $2,000! To ensure that your gift is acknowledged as a tribute to Mellonie, put “Go Mellonie!” in the Special Instructions box.