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HH5K Run – 2016 Winners


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.


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


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

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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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Hunger Hike THIS Weekend – Schedule of Events

| Raise $$ | Make a Big Donation | Celebrate at Hunger Hike |

47056 Hunger Hike 2016Hunger Hike Kick-Off

Sunday, September 20 at Riehle Plaza, N 2nd Street, Lafayette. The Hunger Hike schedule is as follows:

Check-in and turn in your donations
DJ Powder, Boilermaker Special, Clowns, Face painting, Balloon animals, Massages, Voter registration and more

1:15 p.m.
— Purdue Pete & Purdue Cheerleaders
National Anthem: Sheila Klinker, Indiana State Representative & Kelly Jacobs
Zumba warm-up with Brooke, Studio b Dance & Fitness, Lafayette

1:45 p.m.
Kick-Off ceremony with the following:

  • Amanda Elmore, US Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Coach Sharon Versyp, Coach David Kucik & Coach Dave Shondell
  • State Representatives Sheila Klinker & Ron Alting
  • Mayor Tony Roswarski, Lafayette
  • Mayor John Dennis, West Lafayette
  • Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry
  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, St. Thomas Aquinas Center
  • Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.
  • Kyle Mann, Walmart

2 p.m.
— Hunger Hike begins, led by

  • Purdue Pete
  • Purdue Cheerleaders
  • Purdue Crew Team
  • Purdue Women’s Basketball & Volleyball teams

End of Hike
— Celebration Picnic—Hot dogs, chips & bottled water
Thanks to Texas Roadhouse, Frito Lay & Aqua Systems
Hunger Hike 5K Run event details and schedule is as follows:

LUM-HUNGR-HK-5kRunRevisionHH5K Run

Saturday, September 19 at Celery Bog Nature Area, 1780 Cumberland Ave., West Lafayette

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. —Check-in

9 a.m. 

  • Welcome – Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry
  • Invocation – Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, St. Thomas Aquinas Center

After Run

  • Results posted
  • Trophies – top female, male & youth runners

For more information on HH5K Run and Hunger Hike, please visit and explore our website at www.hungerhike.org.

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Countdown to Hunger Hike 2016

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  • DONATE directly to Hunger Hike — click HERE
  • Be a Hunger Hike FUNDRAISERRegister HERE
    — create a fundraising page, get pledges and donations, then Hike
  • RUN in the HH5K Run on Saturday, Sept. 17 — Sign Up HERE
  • Donate to a Hiker or Hunger Hike TEAM — click HERE
  • For MORE information about Hunger Hike events — click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER at Hunger Hike & HH5K Run — click HERE

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Only 8 Days Till Hunger Hike

Hunger Hike

  • DONATE directly to Hunger Hike — click HERE
  • Be a Hunger Hike FUNDRAISERRegister HERE
    — create a fundraising page, get pledges and donations, then Hike
  • RUN in the HH5K Run on Saturday, Sept. 17 — Sign Up HERE
  • Donate to a Hiker or Hunger Hike TEAM — click HERE
  • For MORE information about Hunger Hike events — click HERE
  • VOLUNTEER at Hunger Hike & HH5K Run — click HERE

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Quotes about Hunger

  • Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. ~ Jacques Diouf
  • A hungry man can’t see right or wrong. He just sees food. ~ Pearl S. Buck
  • 35 million people in the U.S. are hungry or don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 13 million of them are children. If another country were doing this to our children, we’d be at war. ~ Jeff Bridges
  • Food is our common ground. ~ James Beard
  • A hundred years from now it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of clothes you wore, but the world may be much different because you were important in the life of a child. ~ Author Unknown
  • A hungry man is not a free man. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson
  • This is the first generation in all of recorded history that can do something about the scourge of poverty. We have the means to do it. We can banish hunger from the face of the earth. ~ Hubert Humphrey
  • Food is national security. Food is economy. It is employment, energy, history. Food is everything. ~ José Andrés
  • America is the richest country in the world. And yet tonight, thousands of your neighbors will go to bed hungry. It may be your child’s schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach. Or it could be a co-worker, a working mother whose low-wage job doesn’t make ends meet. Perhaps it’s an elderly neighbor who has to make a decision whether to delay filling a prescription or buying groceries. The faces of hunger are as broad as the faces of America. ~ David Nasby, General Mills
  • As we talk about those who are starving in countries abroad, we have indeed all of the elements of a third world nation within our own borders. ~ Rep. Floyd Flake
  • Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. ~ Mother Teresa
  • Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve. ~ Jonathan Sacks, Jewish scholar
  • Eating alone is a disappointment. But not eating matter more, is hollow and green, has thorns like a chain of fish hooks, trailing from the heart, clawing at your insides. Hunger feels like pincers, like the bite of crabs; it burns, burns, and has no fur. Let us sit down soon to eat with all those who haven’t eaten; let us spread great tablecloths, put salt in lakes of the world, set up planetary bakeries, tables with strawberries in snow, and a plate like the moon itself from which we can all eat. For now I ask no more than the justice of eating. ~ Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet
  • Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. ~ Saint Augustine
  • For now I ask no more than the justice of eating. ~ Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Nobel Prize Winner
  • God, to those who have hunger, give bread, and to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice. ~ Prayer from Latin America
  • Growing numbers of corporate executives are aware of the inextricable link between the well being of our families and the well-being of our nation. Nowhere is this link manifest so strongly as with the problem of hunger. ~ Arnold Hiatt, Chair of the Stride Rite Foundation
  • Hunger is actually the worst weapon of mass destruction. It claims millions of victims each year. ~ Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil
  • Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
  • Hunger makes a thief of any man. ~ Pearl S. Buck
  • I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I hope someday we will be able to proclaim that we have banished hunger in the United States, and that we’ve been able to bring nutrition and health to the whole world. George McGovern
  • I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one. ~ Mother Teresa
  • I went to bed hungry many nights as a child. It was a Dream that dressed me up when I was ragged, and it was a Dream that filled me up when I was hungry. Now it’s my Dream to see that no child in this world ever goes hungry, certainly not here in America, the most bountiful country in the world. We can do better…we must! ~ Dolly Parton
  • If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. ~ John F. Kennedy
  • If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger. ~ Buzz Aldrin
  • If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~ Mother Teresa
  • If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved. ~ Bono
  • In this country that grows more food than any other nation on this earth, it is unthinkable that any child should go hungry. ~ Sela Ward
  • Investment in the eradication of hunger today is a good business decision. If we fail to make this investment, it is doubtful that we can sustain healthy economic growth. Without this investment, our nation may disintegrate into a country sharply divided between those who have enough to eat and those who do not. ~ Alan G. Hassenfeld, Chair & CEO of Hasbro, Inc.
  • It is important for people to realize that we can make progress against world hunger, that world hunger is not hopeless. The worst enemy is apathy. ~ Reverend David Beckmann, president of Alliance to End Hunger
  • It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. ~ George Eliot
  • Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those throughout the world who live and die in poverty or hunger. Give them, through our hands, this day their daily bread; and by our understanding love, give peace and joy. Amen. ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  • Most of our citizenry believes that hunger only affects people who are lazy or people who are just looking for a handout, people who don’t want to work, but, sadly, that is not true. Over one-third of our hungry people are innocent children who are members of households that simply cannot provide enough food or proper nutrition. And to think of the elderly suffering from malnutrition is just too hard for most of us. Unlike Third World nations, in our country the problem is not having too little – it is about not caring enough! Write your elected representatives and promote support for the hungry. ~ Erin Brokovich
  • My motto in life is ‘If you think it, you can do it’ and if we all apply that thought we can end hunger the world over. ~ Dionne Warwick
  • Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception. ~ George Orwell
  • One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger. ~ Jeff Bridges
  • One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp. ~ Jeff Bridges
  • Others have questioned if hunger exists in our country; I can tell you that hunger does exist in this country. For many adults and children, going to sleep hungry is not a threat; it’s a regular occurrence. And it must end. ~ Former USDA Secretary Mike Espy
  • Pay attention to the hungry, both in this country and around the world. Pay attention to the poor. Pay attention to our responsibilities for world peace. We are our brother’s keeper… ~ George McGovern
  • Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. ~ Jonathan Kozol
  • Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don’t have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition – the kind most common among poor people in America – can do it. ~ Carl Sagan, Cornell University
  • Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Muhammad Ali
  • Some people are born with very little; some are fortunate enough to have it all. When I grew up, we didn’t have much. I had to hustle to get what I wanted… but I had that hunger for more. I didn’t always make the right choices, but I learned from my mistakes. ~ Curtis Jackson
  • The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well-off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery almost without noticing them. ~ Gunnar Myrdal
  • The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution. ~ Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist
  • The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. ~ Dr.Walden Bello, 2003 Right Livelihood Award winner
  • The first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. Food is the moral right of all who are born into this world. ~ Norman Borlaug, biologist and humanitarian
  • The god of love lives in a state of need. It is a need. It is an urge. It is a homeostatic imbalance. Like hunger and thirst, it’s almost impossible to stamp out. ~ Plato
  • The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~ Mother Teresa
  • The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The victims of social injustice, since time eternal, have always been without the resources and the ability to fight back. They are defenseless and voiceless. Thee sad aspect of social injustice is that the defenseless and voiceless are the ones who most need a defense and a strong, vibrant voice. ~ Tommy Makem, Irish folk musician
  • The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation. ~ John F. Kennedy
  • There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry. ~ Ed Asner
  • There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. ~ Sir Winston Churchill
  • There’s enough on this planet for everyone’s needs but not for everyone’s greed. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
  • To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one’s responsibility as a free man. ~ Alan Paton
  • Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity. ~ Albert Camus
  • True evangelical faith, cannot lie dormant, it clothes the naked, it feeds the hungry, it comforts the sorrowful, it shelters the destitute, it serves those that harm it, it binds up that which is wounded, it has become all things to all creatures. ~ Menno Simons, Founder of the Mennonites
  • Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. ~ Les Brown
  • We are a country that prides itself on power and wealth, yet there are millions of children who go hungry every day. It is our responsibility, not only as a nation, but also as individuals, to get involved. So, next time you pass someone on the street who is in need, remember how lucky you are, and don’t turn away. ~ Lesley Boone, actress and social activist
  • We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry. ~ Jimmy Carter
  • We must act together, as a united people… For the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. ~ Patricia Young, World Food Day Coordinator
  • When people were hungry, Jesus didn’t say, “Now is that political, or social?” He said, “I feed you.” Because the good news to a hungry person is bread. ~ Desmond Tutu
  • When you are hungry, you can’t think about anything else. ~ Juana Janie Mendez, 17
  • When you sit in council, think not of yourselves not even of your generation. Think of those yet unborn, even unto the seventh generation, making all decisions with those generations in mind. ~ The Iroquois Confederacy cir. 1000 c.e.
  • Working at the Food Bank with my kids is an eye-opener. The face of hunger isn’t the bum on the street drinking Sterno; it’s the working poor. They don’t look any different, they don’t behave any differently, they’re not really any less educated. They are incredibly less privileged, and that’s it. ~ Mario Batali

Hunger Hike—Positive Impact & Fun Too

| Donate | Hunger Hike Registration | HH5K Run Registration |

Hunger Hike events are less than three weeks away — and a lot of exciting things are planned for the Kick-off event and the 5K run. Please become a Hunger Hike participant today! Join Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp, Dave Kucik & Dave Shondell in beating last year’s amount of $101,000 — and make this a record breaking year.

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Hunger Hike is a wonderful team or group activity. Each member raises money leading up to the big day — and the team gets together at Hunger Hike and celebrates their good work.

And Hunger Hike is FUN! There’s a live DJ, Zumba, face painting, balloon animals, clowns, the Boilermaker Special, Purdue Cheerleaders, Purdue Pete — and hot dogs, chips & water when your return from the 3K walk/hike. Here are the details.

Hunger Hike 3K Walk
Sunday, September 18 at
Noon – Check in, DJ, BMS, clowns;
1:15 p.m – Zumba
2 p.m. – Kick off
Riehle Plaza, Lafayette

HH5K Run
Saturday, September 17 at
8 a.m. – Check in/registration
9 a.m. – Run begins
Parking at White Horse Christian Center, 1780 Cumberland Ave., West Lafayette

To get involved in Hunger Hike 2016 and for more details — click HERE.