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WCLE’s Steve Hartline to serve as community chair of Lee’s Great Strides 2023

WCLE’s Steve Hartline will serve, for the second year in a row, as community chair of Lee University’s 2023 Great Strides. Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. The 22nd annual Great Strides Walk and 20th annual 65 Roses 5K will be held on Saturday, March 25, on Lee’s campus.


Dr. Bill Estes, co-chair, and Dean of the Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee said, “Steve Hartline and his work are integral to having a thriving community. I can’t think of anyone who unites this community more than Steve, and to have him give his time and efforts to this cause ups our game.”


Hartline, Owner and Operator of WCLE graduated from Lee University in 2000 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Department of Communication Arts in 2015. 


Hartline serves on the board of Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, Cleveland 100, ATS The Bridge, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, and hosts job shadowing students facilitated by the Chamber’s workforce development program.


“I am extremely honored to return as the community chair for what I feel is one of the great Cleveland events of the year. Our radio stations have been involved with Great Strides for almost the entirety of the event, and I am pleased to be involved on an annual basis. The work that Lee has done for cystic fibrosis awareness and fundraising cannot be overstated. I am a proud alumnus of Lee, and I’m glad to serve in this role,” Hartline said.


In 2022, Great Strides raised over $30 million involving nearly 100,000 participants across the country. Cleveland Great Strides has reached over $1.2 million raised for CF research since the local event’s founding in 2001.


For more information about the race or to register, visit leeuniversity.edu/cf