At a celebration this week, it was announced that the 28th annual Hunger Hike raised $96,899. Each of sponsoring organizations received $30,230. Collectively, THIS decade, Hunger Hike raised $978,597 (10 year total) – an amazing accomplishment in the fight against hunger. The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations: Duane Sellers & Chuck Anderson representing 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 ($49,033). The top 5 CHURCH fundraisers:
St. Thomas Aquinas ($30,031)
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
St. John’s Episcopal
The top six INDIVIDUAL fundraisers:
Rob Pahl ($10,930) – First individual to raise over $10,000
Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Jane & Duane Sellers
Dr. Michael Lockwood
The top organization/group TEAMS:
Decatur Street Kids ($2,079)
Dogs Against Hunger
Purdue English Department – Poets & Critics
Benton Central High School CAAP, Food Finders Food Bank & Tippecanoe Democrats (3-way tie)
Special thanks to DIAMOND Level event sponsor — The Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000 donation); and the Gold Level event sponsors — Walmart/Sam’s Club of Lafayette/West Lafayette ($2,500 donation).
Total Hunger Hike corporate gifts totaled $25,136. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.
The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2019 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for supporting Hunger Hike. More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at hungerhike.org. If you wish to become a Hunger Hike2020 event sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike — Sunday, September 20, 2020 —
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.
At Hunger Hike, there will be a Hot Dog Picnic with free hot dogs, bottled water & chips. Hunger Hike also includes clowns, face painting, balloon animals, massages, and voter registration. Hunger Hike is thankful for the support of our many sponsors — including:
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).
Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative, will kick-off Hunger Hikewith 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).
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).
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 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 Hike3K 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!