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Hunger Hike Needs Your Support


Dear Friend,

On September 16, we will be joining hundreds of participants in the annual Hunger Hike at Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette, and we need your help to make our efforts matter!

About a quarter of all residents of Tippecanoe County are at risk of going hungry, but they are not eligible for federal food assistance. What that means is that they have to turn to food pantries and feeding programs run by local nonprofits, civic groups and churches in order to get enough to eat.

Unfortunately, the problem among households with children is even more serious. Too many children in our community are missing out on the nutrition they need for their healthy growth and development. This is especially unacceptable when there are solutions to ending hunger in our community now.

Hunger Hike is one of those solutions.

Hunger Hike is our community’s oldest and most well respected fundraising walk, dating back to the early 1970’s. Last year more than 1,100 people participated in the event. Over the years, more than $1.6 million dollars have been raised, providing vital funding to the feeding programs of Lafayette Urban Ministry and Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. In addition, Hunger Hike also helps to fund efforts by St. Thomas Aquinas Center to purify water and safely preserve agricultural commodities in the fight against hunger in Haiti.

We are grateful that you have been a generous supporter of Hunger Hike in the past and hope that you will continue that support again this year. First and foremost, please circle the following dates on your calendar…

Hunger Hike – Kick-off Event
Sunday, September 16; 2 p.m. – 3K walk; Noon – check in
Riehle Plaza & Wabash Heritage Trail, Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, go to hungerhike.org

Hunger Hike 5K Run
Saturday, September 15; 9 a.m. – 5K run; 8 a.m. – Check in
Celery Bog Nature Area, Cattail Trail, West Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, go to hungerhike.org

We also hope that you will join us in making a generous financial gift to Hunger Hike, right now, prior to the event.

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will help us to meet our $115,000 fundraising goal and allow our three sponsoring organizations to feed hungry children and strengthen families who are experiencing food insecurity.

We hope you will contribute generously to Hunger Hike again this year.

  • Run a little faster
  • Walk a little farther
  • Dig a little deeper

Join us on the front lines in the fight against hunger.

Please, can we hear from you as soon as possible? Make out your check to “Hunger Hike” and place it in the enclosed envelope – or give online at hungerhike.org/donate.

Gratefully,


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Hunger Hike 2018 – Get Started TODAY – www.hungerhike.org


Hunger Hike is Only 3 Months Away – Why Wait?

Hunger Hike is only a short three months away.

Why not get started NOW?

Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally.


HH5K Run 

  • Saturday, September 15
  • 9 a.m. – run starts
  • Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette

Hunger Hike (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk)

  • Sunday, September 16
  • 2 p.m. – hike starts
  • Riehle Plaza, Lafayette

Hunger Hike is the perfect fundraising event for a team or group — like a church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our online fundraising site — or any way you choose.


We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:

Donate Online | Online Fundraising Site | HH5K Run Registration |


If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike event sponsor. If interested, email hungerhike@lumserve.org for more information.


For more information on how you can begin fundraising for Hunger Hike see below or go to our website — www.hungerhike.org.


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Hunger Hike 2017 – Raises Over $110,000


Second Year in a Row – Funds Exceed $110,000

At a celebration this week, it was announced that the 25th annual Hunger Hike reached its goal. For the second year in a row Hunger Hike has raised over $110,000 — and for the third year, over $100,000.

The 2017 Hunger Hike total is $110,083 plus numerous gifts in kind. Each sponsoring agency received $36,694.

The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations: Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry. All major donors and event sponsors were also recognized.


 


A majority of the money comes from local churches ($58,498). The top six CHURCH fundraisers:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas ($36,932)
  • Bethany Presbyterian ($3,384)
  • Chapel of the Good Shepherd ($3,366)
  • St. Andrew United Methodist ($2,235)
  • Central Presbyterian ($1,155)
  • St. John’s Episcopal ($1,125)

The top six INDIVIDUAL fundraisers:

  • Rob Pahl ($8,340)
  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP ($7,551)
  • Jane & Duane Sellers ($7,280)
  • Michael Lockwood ($4,250)
  • John Ginda ($2,705)
  • The Eros Family ($1,770)

The top organization/group TEAMS:

  • Purdue English Department Poets & Critics ($2,475)
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. ($1,060)
  • Purdue Boxing Club ($990)
  • Purdue Crew ($550)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)
  • Alpha Gamma Delta – Beta Xi Chapter at Purdue ($275)

Special thanks to DIAMOND Level event sponsors:

  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($5,500)

Total Hunger Hike corporate gifts totaled $30,488. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.



The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2017 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for making history again this year at Hunger Hike.


Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike event weekend
— September 15 & 16, 2018 —


More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.
If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2018 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).


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Be a Hunger Hike HERO


hungerhike_HEROEveryone is encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO.

Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who participate in both the HH5K Run on Saturday, September 16 and the Hunger Hike traditional 3K Walk on Sunday, September 17 and raise at least $50.

If you participate in both events on Hunger Hike weekend and raise at least $50 — you will not only get two T-shirts — you will also be recognized as a Hunger Hike HERO.

Take the challenge—Run, Hike, Raise money to Fight Hunger — and become a Hunger Hike HERO!


For more information on Hunger Hike 2017, please visit and explore our new website at www.hungerhike.org.


More information:

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 16 & Sunday, September  17, 2017.

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 1992.

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.”

Hunger Hike 2017 – Sunday, September 17


Get a Head Start on Hunger Hike Fundraising


Hunger Hike is a community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally, & globally.


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
  • Noon — Check in, Zumba & more

Register Today for Hunger Hike


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:

If you are a company owner — you also may become a Hunger Hike sponsor.

To become 2017 Event Sponsor, email hungerhike@lumserve.org.


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Hunger Hike 2016 Raises $114,407


Hunger Hike Exceeds Fundraising Goal AGAIN!

Hunger HikeAt a celebration this morning, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2016 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2016 fundraising goal. For the second year in a row the amount raised exceeded $100,000 — and for the fourth consecutive year it is the highest amount ever raised.

The 2016 total is $114,407 plus numerous gifts in kind.

Photos from this event may be viewed HERE.


Special thanks to Diamond Level event sponsors —

  • Walmart/Sam’s Club ($7,750)
  • the Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000)

Total raised through corporate gifts is $39,665. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.


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

The top organization/group teams are as follows:

  • Purdue Computer Science ($1,286)
  • Food Finders ($1,170)
  • Grandma’s Bunch ($862)

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

Each sponsoring agency received $35,977.


The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2016 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 16 & 17, 2017.

More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2017 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).


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HH5K Run – 2016 Winners


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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.


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The HH5K Run winners are as follows:

  • Youth
    • 1st: Rob Burton
    • 2nd: Courtney Seger
  • Women
    • 1st: Katie Micon
    • 2nd: Lauren Harer
    • 3rd: Sarah Carignan
  • Men
    • 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.


  • HH5K Run RESULTS, click HERE
  • To view HH5K Run PHOTOS, click HERE.

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Hunger Hike 2016 — Legendary Event


2016-09-18-hunger-hike-531-2-1280x1280Participants 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.


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Hunger Hike — 3 Ways YOU Can Still Help


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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

  • hhHunger 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.


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Hunger Hike Fundraising Night – September 28


Please share this with others.


texas-roadhouse-logo-300x152You 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…
  1. Print the Hunger Hike “flyer” (below) — or for PDF, click HERE
  2. Bring invitation to Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette, on Wednesday, September 28 from 4 to 10 p.m.
  3. Give invitation to your server
  4. 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. invitation


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!


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