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Purdue Coaches Team Up to Fight Hunger


Purdue Coaches Team Up to Fight Hunger — Hunger Hike 2016

Dave Kucik, Sharon Versyp & Dave Shondell — Hunger Hike Honorary Co-chairs

LogoWest 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
  • Hunger Hike
    • 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.

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For more information on Hunger Hike 2016, please visit our website at www.hungerhike.org.


Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry

Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry
St. Thomas Aquinas Center

More information:

  • Indiana Hunger Statistics
    • 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.”

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Hunger Hike 2015 Raises $101,282

Hunger Hike Exceeds 2015 Fundraising Goal

At a HH Logocelebration this past Monday, it was announced that Hunger Hike 2015 not only raised a record amount but also exceeded the 2015 fundraising goal. For the first time in the 50 year history of Hunger Hike — the amount raised exceeded $100,000. The total is $100,282 in cash donations plus $1,000 in donations of gift cards.

Special thanks to the Lafayette Life Foundation for our final 2015 donation of $5,000 which took us over top.

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

Hunger Hike was also blessed with donations from many local companies. The top event sponsor donations this year were as follows:

On hand for the celebration were two of the Hunger Hike honorary co-chairs —

  • Coach Sharon Versyp, Purdue Women’s 2016-01-04 Hunger Hike Celebration 052 borderBasketball and
  • Coach David Kucik, Purdue Crew {pictured above};
  • representatives for the City of Lafayette, St. Tom’s, Good Shepherd;
  • as well as event sponsors:
    • Steven Wien, Bison Financial Group &
    • Kelli Luttrell, Alcoa {pictured right}.

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

Hunger Hike 2015 raised a grand total of $101,282

($1,000 in gift cards), with each organization receiving $33,760.

The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2015 will have a tremendous & immedi2016-01-04 Hunger Hike Celebration 050 borderate 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 17 & 18, 2016. More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at www.hungerhike.org.

If you wish to become a Hunger Hike 2016 event sponsor, please call or email Joe Micon (765-423-2691 | jmicon@lumserve.org).

If you wish to make an individual donation to Hunger Hike, click HERE.

More photos from the recent Hunger Hike celebration may be found HERE.

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