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Hunger Hike 2019

Honorary Co-Chairs

Sharon Versyp | Head Coach | Purdue Women’s Basketball

Just as she did as a player, head coach Sharon Versyp has 2013-09-15-hungerhike2013-059-2put her stamp on the Purdue women’s basketball program. The former Boilermaker point guard has led Purdue to four Big Ten Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearances in her nine seasons as the head coach at her alma mater. She is the second-winningest coach in Purdue history, earning her 180th victory on the Boilermaker sidelines on Feb. 20, 2014, and earned career victory No. 300 with an NCAA First Round victory on March 22, 2014. She has compiled a 194-108 record with the Boilermakers, an average of 21 wins per season, a 311-173 in 14 seasons as a Division I head coach, and her current contract has secured her presence on the Boilermaker sidelines through at least the 2019-20 season.


David Kucik | Head Coach | Purdue Rowing & Crew Team

KucikCoach Kucik has been Purdue University’s Head Rowing Coach since August 1995. He began rowing in 1964 at Marietta High School. Since then, he has never been far from the sport. His high school crew earned bronze medals at the US Schoolboy National Championships in the spring of 1966. He attended college at Marietta College for one year before acceptance to the United States Naval Academy in 1969. As a collegiate rower, Kucik won all three major regattas; the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta, Eastern Spirits and the Dad Vail Regatta.



Hunger Hike Resources — Quick Links

Hunger Hike Fundraising

  • Hunger Hike RegistrationHERE
  • Hunger Hike Team Registration – HERE
  • Collection Form (PDF) – HERE
  • Donate to Hunger Hike – HERE
  • Donate to a Hunger Hike Team – HERE
  • Donate to a “Hiker”  HERE
  • Restaurant Fundraising Nights – TBD

Promotional Materials — Feel free to use anything below to promote Hunger Hike and your Hunger Hike team’s fundraising efforts.

  • Hunger Hike Flier (8.5″x11″) PDF – HERE
  • Hunger Hike Poster PDF – | 11″x17″ | 12″x18″ |
  • Hunger Hike Postcard/handouts PDF – | 6″x4.25″ | 7.5″x5″ |
  • Bulletin/Newsletter Insert 2-sided (8.5″x11″) PDF – HERE
  • Bulletin/Newsletter Article – Sample Text –  | PDF | Word Doc |
  • Social Media
    • Facebook Banner/Cover Photo JPG – HERE
    • Instagram Ad Photo (Square) JPG – HERE
  • Hunger Hike PhotosHERE
  • Logo HERE

Other Information

  • Sponsoring Organizations – HERE
  • Event SponsorsHERE

Sponsoring Organizations

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All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas’ Haiti Ministry. Learn more about the Hunger Hike sponsoring organizations.

Lafayette Urban Ministry
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The Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) is an organization of more than 40 churches that serves as a social safety net for Lafayette’s needy children and families.

For over 40 years, LUM has worked to give back the hope, the future, and the self-respect to low-income people in the Greater Lafayette area. LUM takes an active role in trying to change social injustices and improve the quality of life for the poor of Indiana.

Website | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901 | (765) 423-2691

Haiti Ministry – St. Thomas Aquinas Center
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Several times a year, the Haiti Committee at St. Thomas Aquinas travel to St. Francis Xavier Church in Baudin, Haiti. St. Tom’s has over the decades offer medical treatment, administered medicine, improved the quality of water, assisted with strategies to grow food, store food and produce and store seeds.

St. Thomas Aquinas serves as the Catholic Center at Purdue University. The parish engages the youthful energy of all its members to nurture their faith journey across all generations through liturgy, spiritual and intellectual formation, stewardship, and justice with peace. They joyfully welcome all who wish to meet life’s challenges through lived faith in Jesus Christ.

Website | 535 W State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906 | (765) 743-4652

Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.


Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank has been a critical component of the welfare of Tippecanoe and 15 surrounding counties in Indiana: providing food to member agencies, advocating for the hungry, and educating the public about hunger-related issues.

Funded by United Way, foundations, grants, the USDA, corporations, sponsors, and individual donors, Food Finders Food Bank annually distributes more than 7 million pounds of food to a network of non-profit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout north central Indiana.

Website | 1204 Greenbush Street, Lafayette, IN 47904 | (765) 471-0062


Event Sponsors

HH sponsorHere are our Hunger Hike 2020 event sponsors — so far. Please thank them for joining the Fight Against Hunger —  and support their businesses, please.

If you’re interested in becoming a 2020 Hunger Hike event sponsor, please call or email us (765-423-2691 |

Diamond Level – $5,000 – $9,999

Gold Level  – $2,000 – $4,999

Silver Level – $1,000 – $1,999

Bronze Level – $500 – $999

  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Chosnek Law, PC
  • Henry Poor Lumber Co.
  • Lafayette Hearing Center
  • Property Solution Contractors
  • Subway
  • Warren County REMC

Friend Level – $300 – $499

  • Arni’s
  • City of Lafayette, Indiana
  • Stuart & Branigin LLP

In Kind Gifts & Services

  • Awards Unlimited
  • Instant Copy…Printing
  • K-105 Radio
  • One Size Fits All Improv
  • Sign Art Etc.
  • Studio b Dance & Fitness
  • WASK 98.7 Radio
  • The Wizard of the Wabash – Scott Starkey

Wish to be a Hunger Hike Event Sponsor?

If so, please call or email us (765-423-2691 |

Learn more about Hunger Hike, click HERE.

Sunday – Livestream

Livestream – Sunday, September 20 at 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday — Join the Hunger Hike Livestream. See below of details.

Sunday September 20LIVESTREAM EVENT

  • At 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 20, Hunger Hike is hosting a Livestream event to close out Hunger Hike and celebrate our success!
  • Enjoy Behind the Scenes videos from…
    • Lafayette Urban Ministry
    • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.
    • St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue – Haiti Ministry
    • Great speeches
    • Entertainment from…
      • One Size Fits All comedy
      • Scott Starkey the Wizard of the Wabash, and
      • Studio b Dance & Fitness

3K Walk

  • After the live-stream event and the singing of the national anthem, we’ll send you off to complete your own personal 3K

Everyone who raises at least $50 for Hunger Hike will get a Hunger Hike 2020 t-shirt, which you can proudly wear on your 3K. 

Livestream Program Schedule

Coach Versyp – Hunger Hike 2019
  • Lafayette Urban Ministry: A behind-the-scenes peek at Lafayette Urban Ministry
  • Hunger Hike Co-chair: Purdue Women’s Basketball Coach, Sharon Versyp
  • Mayor John Dennis, City of West Lafayette, IN
  • Scott Starkey – The Wizard of the Wabash

  • St. Thomas Aquinas – The Catholic Center at Purdue: The St Thomas Aquinas Haiti Mission – why it inspires so much passion
  • Hunger Hike Co-chair: Coach David Kucik and the Purdue Crew Team
  • Mayor Tony Roswarski, City of Lafayette, IN
  • One Size Fits All Comedy Improv
Coach Kucik – Hunger Hike 2019

  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.: An inside look at Food Finders Food Bank
  • Lisa Dullum, Tippecanoe County Council
  • Kathy Parker, West Lafayette City Council

  • Zumba Warm-up from Studio b Dance & Fitness
  • The National Anthem – sung by Julia Sibley
  • Benediction – Bishop Timothy L. Doherty

  • Hunger Hike 3K Walk – Kick Off

And new this year, anyone who raises $250 or more will get a Hunger Hike Hero yard sign!

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Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors! 

Thank our event sponsors —  and support their businesses, please. Hunger Hike 2018 event sponsors, list HERE.

Hunger Hike – Info

Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to raise the IMG_1579 (1222x1280)
awareness of and make a difference in the Fight Against Hunger. Hunger Hike is open to participants of all ages and abilities who share a common goal: Fighting Hunger!

The Hunger Hike keystone event is the Kick-off event on Sunday — immediately followed by the traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk.

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6 Ways to Participate

  1. Hike/walk in the Hunger Hike 3K Walk, Information HERE
  2. Make a Donation NOW, HERE
  3. Support a Team or a Fundraiser, HERE
  4. Become a Sponsor, email or call 765-423-2691
  5. Collect donations the “old school” way
  6. Promote Hunger Hike – Flier, Poster, Postcard & more – click HERE

Hunger Hike (Live-stream Event & 3K Walk)

  • Sunday, September 13 – Sunday, September 20 – Take part in the Hunger Hike Challenge Walk
  • 1 p.m. – Live-stream Event begins
  • 2 p.m. – 3K Walk on Your Own

More information, click HERE

Sponsoring Organizations
All Hunger Hike proceeds benefit the Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Learn more, click HERE.

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Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors! 

Take the time to THANK all of our event sponsors —  and support their businesses, please.
Hunger Hike event sponsors, list HERE.

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Hunger Hike events need dozens of volunteers. Please consider helping. Learn more HERE.

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Fr. Charles (Haiti) Visits Hunger Hike Team

HH LogoThis past Monday, the Hunger Hike team had a rare visit from the pastor from St. Francis Xavier Church in Baudin, Haiti—Father Charles Jean Pierre. Through the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Baudin is our “sister” community in Haiti.

Fr. Charles met with several groups including the Hunger Hike team. His message was simple — thank you, we need you, and you’re having a positive impact.

The meeting also included reports from members of the Haiti Ministry, John Ginda & Rob2015-08-24 2015-08-24 001 087 (2) (1024x1023) Pahl, as well as the St. Tom’s pastor, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas.

If you wish to learn more, please read the recently published News Article covering this meeting, click HERE.

To learn more about Hunger in Haiti, click HERE.

Please JOIN our Fight Against Hunger—locally, regionally & globally—by participating in Hunger Hike 2015.

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Give to Hunger Hike Now:

4 Ways to Donate

  • Donate to a Hunger Hike Team, HERE
  • Donate to a “Hiker,” HERE
  • Mail in or Drop Off a Donation
    • Make your check payable to “Hunger Hike”
    • Mail or Drop off to —
      Hunger Hike, 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
  • Subway Restaurants
    – put your donation in their collection boxes