Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Sunday's inclement weather held down the number of participants in the annual Mother’s Day Breast Cancer Canal Walk to about half of the usual number, causing the fundraiser to fall short of its goal.
However, for people who collected pledges but didn't turn out, there's still time to file their donations with the event organizers — and receive their T-shirt and "goodie bag" to boot.
Rebecca Florio said Monday afternoon that five people had already brought their donations to Micro Graphics, located at 36-B Main St. in Lockport. She said people who planned to walk can still bring in their donations, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Florio said turnout this year was between 300-350 people. She added that they were expecting a better crowd, based on Sunday morning's weather forecast.
"They said we wouldn't get hail until the evening," Florio said, "but we got it at 10 a.m. The forecast was totally wrong."
That hail fell about an hour before registration began at Widewaters Marina. The walk commenced at 1 p.m.
A combination of strong wind, rain, hail and even snow combined for a very chilly day, with temperatures struggling Sunday to get out of the upper 30s after a high of 51 degrees recorded at the National Weather Service's office in Cheektowaga at 12:32 a.m.
Those who did brave the weather "stayed right to the bitter end," Florio said.
A large tent that was set up for auction items was used by many people with children and strollers as protection from the elements.
"I want to thank the people who came out on such a bad weather day," Florio added. "A special thank you to the participants and volunteers that in the rain, sleet and snow, attended this year’s Canal Walk."