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Hunger Hike T-Shirts – Sales This Weekend

The official Hunger Hike 2019 T-shirt (see photo) will be available this weekend at the Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas for a donation to Hunger Hike. Details are as follows:

  • Date/times:
    Saturday, 5:15-6:30 p.m.;
    Sunday, 8:45-10:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;
    6:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: St. Thomas Aquinas, 535 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • Donation: 1 for $10, 2 for $15, 6 for $30

All proceeds will go to Hunger Hike 2019.
A limited number of past year’s Hunger Hike T-shirts will be available as well. 

Get ’em while they last! 

If you wish to VOLUNTEER selling T-shirts at St. Tom’s, click HERE.

The Official Hunger Hike 2019 T-Shirt

Here is this year’s official Hunger Hike T-shirt.

Everyone who raises more than $50 will be presented with a 2019 Hunger Hike T-shirt at check-in on Sunday, September 22 at Riehle Plaza. You can then wear it in pride knowing that YOU have made a difference in the Fight Against Hunger.

It is not too late to start raising money for Hunger Hike — and secure your official 2019 T-shirt. Just go to the Hunger Hike website and get started today — hungerhike.org.

Hot Dog Picnic – Clowns – Massages & More

At Hunger Hike, there will be a Hot Dog Picnic with free hot dogs, bottled water & chips. Hunger Hike also includes clownsface paintingballoon animalsmassages, and voter registrationHunger Hike is thankful for the support of our many sponsors — including:

  • Printing – Instant Copy Printing, Lafayette
  • Bottled Water – Aqua Systems, Lafayette
  • Hot Dogs – Texas Roadhouse, Lafayette
  • Banners – Sign Art Etc., Lafayette
  • Trophies – Awards Unlimited, Inc., Lafayette
  • Massages – Essential Touch Massage, Lafayette
  • Face Painting & Balloon Animals – Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry, Laffy-ette Chapter

Please show your appreciation for our Hunger Hike event sponsors by supporting and thanking them.

Music from RatPak’s “DJ Powder” Starts at Noon

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

DJ Powder creates a fun, family friendly, festive environment during the kick-off of Hunger Hike.

Join us THIS Sunday to enjoy music by DJ Powder of Rat Pak at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from Noon to 3:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

Co-Chairs — Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik

The Hunger Hike 2019 honorary 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 set the bar high for their own work and their teams. They have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. You’ll get to meet them and the student-athletes on their teams as well as see a Purdue Crew team “shell.”

Join us THIS Sunday to meet and hear remarks from Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

Indiana State Rep. Klinker to Sing National Anthem

Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative, will kick-off Hunger Hike with the singing of the US National Anthem.

State Representative Sheila Klinker was first elected in 1982 to represent District 27. A proud Boilermaker alumna, Klinker taught for more than 34 years in the Lafayette School Corporation and served as the Outreach Liaison for the Purdue School of Education for 15 years. As a college student, Klinker was named “Miss Purdue” and finished as second runner-up in the “Miss Indiana” contest. Klinker lives in Lafayette with her husband, Victor. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Join us THIS Sunday to hear Sheila Klinker sing the National Anthem at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:15 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

Zumba Warm Up – Annual Hunger Hike Tradition

One of the highlights of Hunger Hike each year is the Zumba warm-up presented by Studio b Dance & Fitness (downtown Lafayette). Zumba will follow the National Anthem. 

Miss Brooke (studio owner) & Kasie (fitness instructor) will bring the Hunger Hike crowd to their feet with the annual Zumba warm-up. Studio b Dance & Fitness was recently recognized as the Small Business of the Year.

Join us THIS Sunday to participate in our Zumba warm-up with Miss Brooke & Kasie at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:20 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

Purdue Boilermaker Spirit at Hunger Hike

In addition to the two Purdue coaches serving as 2019 honorary co-chairs (see below), Hunger Hike will also feature Purdue Pete, the Purdue Cheer team and the Boilermaker Special. The Purdue Cheer team will perform with Purdue Pete right before Zumba. Thanks to Purdue Athletics and the Purdue Reamer Club for their support.

Join us THIS Sunday to see the Purdue Cheer team, to meet Purdue Pete and check out the Boilermaker Special at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from 1 – 2 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

Hunger Hike is THIS Sunday — Join the Cause

Fighting Hunger with Our Hearts & Soles

Hunger Hike is a fundraising event and also an exciting community event — THIS SUNDAY. It’s not too late to be a Participant!

Hunger Hike is a family event for individuals & teams whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger. (And it’s Dog Friendly.) The traditional Hunger Hike 3K Walk is THIS Sunday (September 22) from Noon – 3:30 p.m. at Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette. There will be Zumba, DJ music, National Anthem, a Hot Dog Picnic, remarks & more!

For additional information on Hunger Hike 2019, please visit our website at hungerhike.org.

Hunger Hike 2019 Teams Up with Purdue Coaches


Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik – Fighting Hunger

Two prominent Purdue Coaches announced last week that they will be teaming up with Hunger Hike to join the Fight Against Hunger.
This year’s Honorary Hunger Hike Co-chairs are Coach Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Coach Dave Kucik (rowing & crew). Both are passionate about the importance of Hunger Hike and the power of coming together as a community to Fight Hunger. They also put out a challenge to the entire community to start fundraising now to reach this year’s Hunger Hike goal of $100,000.
Coach Versyp & Coach Kucik, the 2019 Hunger Hike Co-chairs, are pictured above with the representatives from the three sponsoring organizations — Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & St. Thomas Aquinas Center — who also share how important this annual fundraiser is to funding the food programs necessary to addressing the needs of the families in our community, regionally and abroad.

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


{Pictured above L to R: Katy Bunder, CEO/president, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP, pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas Center; Coach Sharon Versyp; Coach Dave Kucik; Joe Micon, executive director, Lafayette Urban Ministry.}


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