Runner contributes $110K for Katrina relief in Pass Christian

Published 11:50 pm Saturday, November 25, 2006

The city of Pass Christian has received a $110,000 check from a man who raised donations for hurricane relief by running across the country.

Jonathan Price, 26, presented the check Friday as a small crowd Pass Christian residents cheered his arrival. ABC “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, a native of Pass Christian, plans to air the segment during Monday’s program.

“We’ve kind of put a face on the Pass,” Roberts said. “People feel like they know the Pass. They feel like they have met the people. That’s exactly what they feel, a connection to the people.”

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Prince began his Run 4 Relief last October beginning in Los Angeles where he works as a television producer.

He set out Oct. 1, 2005, running to Atlanta, up the East Coast to New York, to Chicago and then to Pass Christian.

He presented the donation in the form of a giant $110,000 check to the city.

Mayor Chip McDermott had a key to the city for Prince.

“It will open any door in town, I guarantee you,” McDermott said.

“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for almost a year,” Prince said. “I appreciate the love so much.”

The mayor said the money raised by Prince will be put into a fund, so the city can offer grants to the needy.