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Top 2015 Hunger Hike Fundraisers Honored

At a recent LUM Board of Directors Meeting the top Hunger Hike fundraisers in three categories were honored and presented with trophies.

The Top Three Church Fundraisers for 2015 Hunger Hike are as follows:HH STA top fundraiser

1st Place—St. Thomas Aquinas Center—$26,241. Accepting are Rob Pahl, Lauri Mitchell & John Ginda (pictured above, left);

HH CGS top fundraiser2nd Place—Chapel of the Good Shepherd—$ 4,477. Accepting is Mark Thomas.

HH SAUMC top fundraiser

3rd Place—St. Andrew United Methodist Church —$3,899. Accepting is Melissa Martin.

HH CSLC-PU top fundraiserThe Top Group FundraisersComputer Science Learning Community at Purdue University—$1,030. Accepting is their advisor, Scott Nelson (pictured left).

HH FrPatrick top fundraiserThe Top Individual FundraiserFr. Patrick Baikaukas, OP—$6,786. (pictured right with Joe Micon, LUM executive director).

Ways YOU Can Help

hh2Ways that YOU can help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000. Some suggestions on how you can donate and raise funds for our Fight Against Hunger:

  • Reach out to your friends and family—use Social Media, email, text
  • Donate NOW online to Hunger Hike, click HERE
  • Donate by mail— make checks payable to Hunger Hike, and mail to Hunger Hike, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Donate in person— stop by the LUM Office
    (420 N 4th Street, Lafayette), M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Donate to a Team or Fundraiser, click HERE

All Hunger Hike proceeds support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.

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Hunger Hike

Hunger Hike 2015
Raises $101,282


At a celebration this past Monday, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2015 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2015 fundraising goal. For the first time in the 50 year history of Hunger Hike — the amount raised exceeded $100,000. The total is $100,282 in cash donations plus $1,000 in donations of gift cards.

Special thanks to the Lafayette Life Foundation for our final 2015 donation of $5,000 which took us over top.

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A majority of the money comes from local churches and their fundraising efforts. The top church fundraisers this year were as follows:

Hunger Hike was also blessed with donations from many local companies. The top event sponsor donations this year were  as follows:

On hand for the celebration were two of the Hunger Hike honorary co-chairs —

  • Coach Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s Basketball and
  • Coach David Kucik, Purdue Crew {pictured right, top};
  • representatives for the City of Lafayette, St. Tom’s, Good Shepherd;
  • as well as event sponsors:
    • Steven Wien, Bison Financial Group &
    • Kelli Luttrell, Alcoa {pictured

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The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations —

Hunger Hike 2015 raised a grand total of $101,282

($1,000 in gift cards), with each organization receiving $33,760.

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The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2015 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history this year at Hunger Hike.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend — September 17 & 18, 2016.

More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2016 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 |

If you wish to make an individual donation to Hunger Hike, click HERE.

More photos from the recent Hunger Hike celebration may be found HERE.