Get a head start in the hike & run to combat hunger. Hunger Hike is a perfect fundraising event for your group — student organization, church group, civic group, team or family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any other way you choose.
We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:
On Saturday, September 17, local runners took part in the HH5K Run—the Race to Feed the Hungry—at Celery Bog Nature Area with start/finish on the Cattail Trail through the Celery
Bog Nature Area. The rain cleared up just in time for the run, and it was a cool but cloudy morning — not a bad day for a race.
The HH5K Run winners are as follows:
1st: Rob Burton
2nd: Courtney Seger
1st: Katie Micon
2nd: Lauren Harer
3rd: Sarah Carignan
1st: Nick Burton
2nd: Colin Williams
3rd: Robby Stewart
These runners supported these outstanding local organizations while enjoying a 5K event on a scenic trail.
Participants gathered with one common goal—to raise awareness and raise funds for food programs locally, regionally & globally — through the work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders and the Haiti Ministry at St. Tom’s. The events this past weekend though — offered even more.
This year was special from beginning to end. Before it all began the crowd was treated to Zumba with Brooke & Kasie from Studio b Dance & Fitness and the National Anthem sung by Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker & her daughter, Kelly Jacobs, director of music for the Cathedral of St. Mary. Throughout the entire event , there was live music by DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs, face-painting & balloon animals from the Unlimited Smiles Clown Ministry, and massages from Lee Anne Akers of Essential Touch Massage.
Amanda Elmore, US Olympic Gold Medalist (pictured above), gave a rousing keynote address preceded by remarks from Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s Basketball coach; Dave Shondell, Purdue Volleyball coach; Dave Kucik, Purdue Rowing coach; Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative; John Dennis, West Lafayette Mayor; Tony Roswarski, Lafayette Mayor; Joe Micon, LUM executive director; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP, pastor/director of campus ministries, St. Thomas Aquinas; Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Kyle Mann, Walmart Market Manager.
Amanda Elmore also kicked off the Hunger Hike. Purdue Pete, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Crew Team, Purdue Women’s Basketball Team & Purdue Volleyball Team then led the hikers up the John T. Myers Bridge and on the Wabash Heritage Trail along the Wabash River. Hunger Hike concluded with a Celebration Picnic with hot dogs, chips & bottled water for all participants (Thanks to Texas Roadhouse, Frito Lay & Aqua Systems).
Hunger Hike once again successfully brought much needed attention & funds to the battle against malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger.
The Hunger Hike 2016 goal has not been met yet. BUT we’re “almost there.”
Thus far approximately $92,000 has been pledged & donated to Hunger Hike We’re so close to reaching our 2016 goal to raise more than $101,000.
Each year 15% of donations are made in the two months AFTER Hunger Hike.
3 Ways YOU Can Still Help Hunger Hike
Hunger Hike Fundraising Night at Texas Roadhouse.
Go out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette, next Wednesday, September 28 from 4 – 10 p.m. and present the voucher, and Hunger Hike gets 10% of your food purchases. You must have the voucher — which is below and online HERE
Buy a Hunger Hike T-shirt.
On sale at all Masses this weekend (Sat. 5:30p, Sun. 9a, 11a, 7p & 9p) at St. Thomas Aquinas Center (535 W State Street, West Lafayette) & at Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette from 4 – 10 p.m. next Wednesday, September 28.
GIVE directly to Hunger Hike, click HERE. GIVE to a Team or Hiker, click HERE.
Also — Fundraisers & Teams are encouraged to send another message to your friends & family. For a sample message click HERE. Use the tools in First-Giving to send messages & share your page on Facebook or Twitter.
Working together the 2016 Hunger Hike goal can be achieved — and surpassed.
You can still support Hunger Hike just by going out to dinner — WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28.
Texas Roadhouse in Lafayette has scheduled a Fundraising Night for Hunger Hike on Wednesday, September 28 from 4 to 10 p.m. Hunger Hike will get 10% of all food purchase from party that present a Hunger Hike “invitation.” Here’s how it works…
Print the Hunger Hike “flyer” (below) — or for PDF, click HERE
Bring invitation to Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette, on Wednesday, September 28 from 4 to 10 p.m.
Give invitation to your server
Hunger Hike gets 10% of your food sales — so, eat up!
Here are the Hunger Hike Fundraising Night details:
Hunger Hike Fundraising Night at Texas Roadhouse
Date: Wednesday, September 28
Time: 4 to 10 p.m.
Place: Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette
Please share this with others. THANK YOU.
The Texas Roadhouse Story
It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price.
We like to brag about our Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made-From-Scratch Sides, and Fresh-Baked Bread. Everything we do goes into making our hearty meals stand out. We handcraft almost everything we serve. We provide larger portions so you get more food for your dollar. And if you want an Ice Cold Beer or Legendary Margarita to wash it all down — well, we have those, too.
Our food’s not the only thing that’s Legendary at the Roadhouse — our fun is too! From our line dancers to our jukebox to our friendly servers, you’ll enjoy every second you spend in a Texas Roadhouse.
At Texas Roadhouse our team has an incredible sense of pride in everything we do. Our passion ensures you have a Legendary Experience every time. Because of our passion for our guests and our communities, our team members are involved outside the restaurants in their local communities as a way to give back.
The Texas Roadhouse story is simple. Legendary Food, Legendary Service® — all with lots of Legendary Fun!
Hunger Hike events are just two weeks away — and a lot of exciting things are planned for the Kick-off event and the 5K run. Hunger Hike gives YOU a chance to have a positive impact on your community AND have some FUN too! There’s a live DJ, Zumba, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, the Boilermaker Special, Purdue Pete & cheerleaders — and hot dogs, chips & water when you return from the 3K walk/hike.
Hunger Hike is also a wonderful team activity for your group. Each member raises money leading up to the big day — and the whole team gets together at Hunger Hike & celebrates their good work.
It’s a long weekend — so use this time to get started — and here is how in 8 easy steps:
Click “Register” — select “one” for yourself — and follow the steps
Join a “Team” or “Create” a Team
Confirm your Fundraising Page
Email all of your contacts asking them to support you and Hunger Hike.
You may simply email a message and the link to your fundraising page to all of your contacts —OR—upload your email addresses and let First Giving do the work for you.
Finally. Watch the donations come in — for you, for your team and for Hunger Hike!
If you choose to email your contacts outside of First Giving don’t forget to include the link to your fundraising page allowing your friends and family to donate to you online.
Also for your convenience, here is a sample message you may use or modify:
When I learned that millions of children go hungry, I decided to do something about it. I’m going to participate in the Greater Lafayette HUNGER HIKE and hope you will support me. I’m excited to be a part of this annual effort which raises funds for three nonprofits working to fight hunger locally, regionally & globally: Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Any amount you can give will help! Please dig deep and donate through me online. Donating is simple, fast, secure and tax-deductible. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I really appreciate it. Together we will be helping hungry children and families. You can learn more by going to the Hunger Hike website(www.hungerhike.org). Thanks!
Hunger Hike relies on dozens of volunteers for the Hunger Hike and the HH5K Run. Please consider becoming a Hunger Hike volunteer as well as a Hunger Hike fundraiser. Sign up to volunteer online, click HERE. Needs are as follows:
Hunger Hike events are less than three weeks away — and a lot of exciting things are planned for the Kick-off event and the 5K run. Please become a Hunger Hike participant today! Join Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp, Dave Kucik & Dave Shondell in beating last year’s amount of $101,000 — and make this a record breaking year.
Hunger Hike is a wonderful team or group activity. Each member raises money leading up to the big day — and the team gets together at Hunger Hike and celebrates their good work.
And Hunger Hike is FUN! There’s a live DJ, Zumba, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, the Boilermaker Special, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Pete — and hot dogs, chips & water when your return from the 3K walk/hike. Here are the details.
Hunger Hike 3K Walk Sunday, September 18 at
Noon – Check in, DJ, BMS, clowns;
1:15 p.m – Zumba
2 p.m. – Kick off
Riehle Plaza, Lafayette
HH5K Run Saturday, September 17 at
8 a.m. – Check in/registration
9 a.m. – Run begins
Parking at White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Ave., West Lafayette
To get involved in Hunger Hike 2016 and for more details — click HERE.
Purdue Coaches Team Up to Fight Hunger — Hunger Hike 2016
West Lafayette, IN – Three prominent Purdue coaches have teamed up to fight hunger by participating and promoting Hunger Hike 2016. Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball), Dave Shondell (women’s volleyball) & Dave Kucik (rowing & crew) will be speaking out about the issues of hunger in Indiana and encouraging participation in one of the longest running, most well respected fundraising events — Hunger Hike.
Join us for this event; details are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, August 24
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette
The Hunger Hike updates which will be announced are as follows:
HONORARY CO-CHAIRS: 2016 Co-chairs will offer remarks and be available for questions and one-on-one interviews
Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s Basketball head coach
David Kucik, Purdue Rowing & Crew Team head coach
Dave Shondell, Purdue Volleyball head coach
Kick-off Event — Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m., Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette
Hunger Hike 5K Run – Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m., Celery Bog Nature Area (Cattail Trail Loop), Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette
EVENT SPONSORS (to date): Diamond Level — Walmart & Sam’s Club;
Gold Level — Alcoa, Inc., The Kroger Co., Cook Medical, and Bison Financial Group
Representatives from the three sponsoring organizations, Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center, will be available for questions and one-on-one interviews.
15.5 percent in the state in 2015 said they were unable to afford enough food
One of every 6 children in Indiana is at risk of hunger
Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children
Research indicates that even mild under-nutrition experienced by children during critical periods of growth impacts behavior, school performance, and their overall cognitive development
Hunger Hike is an annual Fall community fundraising weekend which includes the traditional 3K Walk on Sunday as well as a 5K run on Saturday. This year Hunger Hike is Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18, 2016.
All Hunger Hike proceeds directly support the Lafayette Urban Ministry food assistance programs including the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Haitian Ministry including the Haiti Water Purification Project. Since early 1990s Lafayette Urban Ministry, St. Thomas Aquinas Center and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. have been organizing a walk to support food programs locally, regionally and globally. Formerly known as the Crop Walk, it was officially renamed Hunger Hike in 1993.
Today, Hunger Hike gives companies, organizations, families & individuals many ways to be a part of a community event with a tremendous positive impact on “Fighting Hunger.”