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Introducing the Hunger Hike Keynote – Race Johnson


Purdue Football Alumnus to Give Keynote

Race Johnson, Purdue alumnus & former Boilermaker football player, will offer remarks to kick off this year’s Hunger Hike THIS Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza (N 2nd Street, Lafayette). Throughout his life, Race has worked hard and has had a special commitment to serving his community as an individual, as an athlete and with his family and church — and he’s eager to share his story THIS Sunday.

Son of Bill & Jill Johnson, Race was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Carmel. Race has a younger brother, Steele, and younger sister, Hollyn. Steele is a diver at Purdue who has won four NCAA championships and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics.

A high school athlete, Race joined the Purdue football team as a walkon in 2013. He was an Academic All-Big Ten player who played in three games in 2015, and eight games in 2016. Race earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Purdue University (West Lafayette) in May 2017. He is currently a member of the Lugar Real Estate Team in Indianapolis.

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Race and hear his remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


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Introducing the Hunger Hike Co-chairs


Introducing the Hunger Hike 2018 Co-Chairs
Coach Sharon Versyp & Coach David Kucik

The Hunger Hike 2018 co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (men’s & women’s crew & rowing).

Coaches Versyp & Kucik are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both have a high standard for their own work, hold their teams to a high standard and have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. As wonderful role models they will also be engaging the collegiate athletes on their teams in this Hunger Hike event.

Join us THIS Sunday to meet Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik and hear their remarks at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).


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Hunger Hike – Drinks, Snacks, Printing & More


Hunger Hike is fortunate to get the support of many sponsors. All of the printing, food & drink, massage services, banners & trophies at Hunger Hike have been donated. Here are some of our generous donors:

  • Printing – Instant Copy Printing, Lafayette
  • Bottled Water – Aqua Systems, Lafayette
  • Hot Dogs – Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
  • Chips – Sam’s Club, Lafayette
  • Water, Bananas, Granola Bars – Pay Less Super Market, West Lafayette
  • Trophies – Awards Unlimited, Inc., Lafayette
  • Massages – Essential Touch Massage, Lafayette
  • Face Painting – Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry, Laffy-ette Chapter
  • Banners – Sign Art Etc., Lafayette
  • Bagels – Panera Bread, West Lafayette
  • 5K Prizes (gift certificates) – Lafayette Brewing Co., Arni’s, Christos New City Grill, Wabash Landing 9, Digby’s Pub & Patio, Cafe Literato, Purdue Convocations

At Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 16, there will be free hot dogs, bottled water, face painting and massages. At the HH5K Run on Saturday, September 15, there will be bagels, bananas, granola bars & bottled water available for all of the 5K run participants . Please thank our Hunger Hike sponsors by visiting them soon. For more information on Hunger Hike 2018, go to hungerhike.org.


Fighting Against Hunger with all of our Hearts & Soles!


| Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event | Sunday, September 16 |
| Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
| HH5K Run | Saturday, September 15 |
| Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |

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Hunger Hike features RatPak’s “DJ Powder”


DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at Hunger Hike 2018.

DJ Powder creates a fun, family friendly environment during registration and leading up to the kick-off of Hunger Hike from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 at Riehle Plaza.

Please join us and enjoy the music presented by DJ Powder of Rat Pak — and to support Hunger Hike — Fighting Hunger with our whole Hearts & Soles. For more information on Hunger Hike 2018, go to hungerhike.org.


Fighting Against Hunger with all of our Hearts & Soles!


| Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event | Sunday, September 16 |
| Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
| HH5K Run | Saturday, September 15 |
| Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |

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“Studio b” Brings Zumba to Hunger Hike



Miss Brooke (studio owner) & Kasie (fitness instructor) from Studio b Dance & Fitness (downtown Lafayette) will once again bring the Hunger Hike crowd to its feet with the annual Zumba warm-up. Studio b Dance & Fitness which opened in 2014 has dance & fitness classes as well as a competitive dance team — and was recently recognized as the Small Business of the Year.

One of the highlights of Hunger Hike each year is Zumba presented by Studio b. The Zumba warm-up will follow the National Anthem on Sunday, September 16 at 1:20 p.m. at Riehle Plaza. Please join us to participate in our Zumba warm up with Miss Brooke & Kasie — and to support Hunger Hike — Fighting Hunger with our whole Hearts & Soles. For more information on Hunger Hike 2018, go to hungerhike.org.


Fighting Against Hunger with all of our Hearts & Soles!


| Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event | Sunday, September 16 |
| Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |
| HH5K Run | Saturday, September 15 |
| Celery Bog Nature Area | 9 a.m. |

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Countdown to Hunger Hike


Get Started Today — Go to www.hungerhike.org

Hunger Hike is only 5 weeks away. Now would be a perfect time to create a Team for your church or organization — and begin raising money for Hunger Hike. This year is our 25th anniversary, so we hope you’ll want to be a part of it. Go to www.hungerhike.org for more information.

It would also be very helpful if you would spread the word and encourage your members to participate. A lot of promotional materials are available on the Hunger Hike website, including fliers, bulletin inserts, poster, postcards, logos and an article for your newsletter and bulletin. Click HERE to get all of the Hunger Hike promo goodies.


| Hunger Hike | Sunday, September 17 | Riehle Plaza | 2 p.m. |


Thanks in advance for your support of Hunger Hike. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email hungerhike@lumserve.org or call 765-423-2691. Join us in the Fight Against Hunger locally, regionally & globally.

Hunger Hike relies on dozens of volunteers for the Hunger Hike and the HH5K Run. Needs are as follows:

For more information or to sign up, go to ww.hungerhike.org/volunteer


HH5K Run — Saturday, September 16
  • 9 a.m. – Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette
  • (Parking at White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Avenue)

Hunger Hike 3K Walk — Sunday, September 17

  • 2 p.m. – Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette

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Meet Our 2016 Hunger Hike Heroes


hungerhike_HEROEveryone was encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO — and several stepped up to the challenge. Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who participated in both the HH5K Run on Saturday & the Hunger Hike 3K Walk on Sunday — and raised at least $50.

This year the Hunger Hike Heroes who stepped up to the challenge to run, hike and raise money to Fight Hunger are as follows:

  • Hilary Cooke
  • Jeremiah Dole
  • Lindsay Harris
  • Joe Kepner
  • Joe Micon
  • Patti O’Callaghan

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Top 2015 Hunger Hike Fundraisers Honored


Hunger Hike 2015 — 95% to Goal — So Far

Since Hunger Hike 2015 weekend, our fundraising committee has been hard at work raising more funds. Many individuals donations have also come in since September. Thus far approximately $95,000 has been pledged & donated to Hunger Hike. Our goal to raise $100,000 is so very close. Working together this goal can be achieved.


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 three categories are Top Individual Fundraiser, Top Church Fundraisers, and Top Group (non-church) Fundraisers.


HH STA top fundraiser   HH CGS top fundraiser   HH SAUMC top fundraiser

The Top Three Church Fundraisers for 2015 Hunger Hike are as follows:

  • 1st Place—St. Thomas Aquinas Center—$26,241. Accepting are Rob Pahl, Lauri Mitchell & John Ginda (pictured above, left);
  • 2nd Place—Chapel of the Good Shepherd—$ 4,477. Accepting is Mark Thomas (pictured above, center);
  • 3rd Place—St. Andrew United Methodist Church —$3,899. Accepting is Melissa Martin (pictured above, right).

HH CSLC-PU top fundraiserThe Top Group Fundraisers

Computer Science Learning Community at Purdue University—$1,030.

Accepting is their advisor, Scott Nelson (pictured left).


HH FrPatrick top fundraiserThe Top Individual Fundraiser

Fr. Patrick Baikaukas, OP—$6,786.

(pictured right with Joe Micon, LUM executive director).


Ways YOU Can Help

Ways the 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.

For more information on Hunger Hike — go to www.hungerhike.org.


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Hunger Hike Photo Memories

Check out this year’s photos on Facebook or Flickr. Please tag yourself & share the photos with #HungerHike. When you tag yourself and share — you’re spreading the word about Hunger Hike and our Fight Against Hunger — and generate more donations.

  • Hunger Hike Photos — To view, click HERE
  • HH5K Run Photos — To view, click HERE

Special thanks to our official Hunger Hike photographers: Ed Lausch from Lausch Photography, and Olivia DeCrane & Zoe Malavenda from Harrison High School.

Share your photos from Hunger Hike weekend and use #HungerHike.

 

Hunger Hike Dignitaries – 2015


Before hundreds of Hunger Hikers hit the road for the 3K Walk, several dignitaries shared their excitement & offered remarks on the importance of this event.


hungerhike dignitariesPictured L to R: Dave Kucik, Purdue Crew Team & Rowing coach, Purdue Pete, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP, pastor/director of campus ministries, St. Thomas Aquinas; Nadine Morgan, Purdue Women’s Basketball assoc. head coach; Dave Shondell, Purdue Volleyball coach; Judge Faith Graham; Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Peter Bunder, West Lafayette City Council president; Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank executive director; Nancy Nargi, Lafayette City Council member; and Mayor Tony Roswarski, City of Lafayette. Not pictured: Dave Byers, Tippecanoe County Commissioner and Ron Alting, Indiana State Senator.


Special thanks to all of our dignitaries and Shamus from K105 Radio for their continued support of Hunger Hike.


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Hunger Hike HEROES – 2015


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Everyone was encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO — and several stepped up to the challenge. Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who participated in both the HH5K Run on Saturday & the Hunger Hike 3K Walk on Sunday — and raised at least $50.


This year the Hunger Hike Heroes who stepped up to the challenge to run, hike and raise money to Fight Hunger are as follows:

  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
  • Jeremiah Dole
  • Alain El Howayek
  • Daniel Keilman
  • Joe Micon
  • Patti O’Callaghan
  • Rev. Bradley Pace
  • Genevieve Viduya

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