Jul 19, 2015 4:01 PM

Hundreds turn out for 12th annual Hula Hustle in Manchester


MANCHESTER - Hundreds of people turned out - some in grass skirts - for the 12th annual Hula Hustle, a fundraiser for the New Horizons homeless shelter.

Sunday afternoon, runners and spectators gathered at the Executive Health and Sports Club in Manchester to run the Hula Hustle, a luau-themed 5K and 10K foot race in honor of the late Bill Kelley.

Kelley fought a long battle against cancer and passed away in 2003. In 2004, Kelley's law partner and friend Mike Benton decided to put on a race in his name to help raise money for New Horizons, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen Kelley helped to establish.

“He was such a down to earth guy, you know? He was a well-know attorney in the city, but he was a founding member of New Horizons and he did so much for the people, but he did so quietly" said Deb McMahon, business manager at the sports club and a friend of Kelley's.

"His law office was downtown in Manchester and I think he just saw that need," she said, saying Kelley first started his efforts to help the homeless, he had a van and just began giving out soup and bread.

The money raised on Sunday -- roughly $20,000 to $25,000 -- pays for New Horizons to stay open two- to two-and-a-half weeks, New Horizons Executive Director Charlie Sherman said. Sherman also works at NH1 News.


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