In addition, four scholarships are given to graduating seniors from the local high school, Mynderse Academy, who’ve written winning essays about how they embody the spirit of George Bailey in their daily lives.
On Saturday, December 9th, a crowd of over five thousand gathered at the iconic George Bailey bridge in Seneca Falls, the race’s starting line.
“We honestly can’t wrap our heads around it,” says Tina.
In the spirit of the season – and protagonist George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) – it was decided that all proceeds from the race would go to support local causes and charities.
According to a new Gallup poll, 2017's Most Admired Man is not President Donald Trump.
Instead, the honor goes to former president Barack Obama.
Other beneficiaries are the It’s A Wonderful Life Committee, to help continue the festival from year-to-year, the It’s A Wonderful Life Museum, the Seneca County Christmas Project, the Seneca County Habitat for Humanity, and many other worthy causes.
Hillary Clinton was voted the Most Admired Woman for the 16th year in a row.