11-21-17 The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda held their joint meeting on Tuesday to kick off the 35th Annual Turkey Chase Race on Thanksgiving morning. Guest speaker Richard Leotta talked about how the tragic death of his 24 year old son Noah, a Montgomery County Police Officer, lead to Maryland's passing of Noah's Law. In 2015 Noah volunteered for the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force, and was struck and killed by a multiple time offender reckless and irresponsible drunk driver while making a roadside stop of another suspected impaired diver. Officer Noah Leotta was killed by the exact crime he was trying to protect us from. On October 1, 2016 Noah's Law was passed, requiring ignition interlock devises be installed in cars of convicted drunk drivers.
The Turkey Chase is the largest fundraiser for the B-CC Rotary Club and YMCA BCC, two of Montgomery County's most notable organizations. Over $4.9 million has been raised since the race's inception to improve the lives of thousands of at-risk children and families in our community. This year, Whole Foods is the Title Sponsor. The event's popularity, history and program benefits make it a perfect fit for those seeking opportunities to give back to the local community.