Allie Parker grew up in West Lafayette and now lives in Lafayette. She graduated from West Lafayette High School and earned a BA in Anthropology and a BS in Arts Administration from Butler University, Indianapolis.
At LUM, Allie will direct both the Community Thanksgiving Feast and Jubilee Christmas. She volunteered with both programs in the past with her family and through her church, Central Presbyterian, Lafayette. In addition to LUM, Allies has volunteered with the Starfish Initiative as a mentor for academically promising youth and as a member of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium Administration Planning Team.
Allie is inspired by the Bible passage,
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
It is this verse that drew her to this position and will give her the most pride in her work with LUM. Allie shared that she is most excited about uplifting individuals, families and children through the Community Thanksgiving Feast and Jubilee Christmas, while giving others the opportunity to assist their neighbors, engage in their community and make a positive difference. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Allie’s passion and experience leading these two important programs.
LUM is excited to introduce you to the president of the LUM Board of Directors, Cheryl Fowler.
Cheryl has been an active LUM volunteer for more than eight years when she was selected to represent her church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, on the LUM Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the LUM Executive Council for the past four years, Cheryl has served on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee for seven years and was the program director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast in 2015 & 2016.
Cheryl grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from Finneytown High School, and earned a BS in marketing from Miami University, Ohio. Cheryl lives in West Lafayette with her husband of 36 years, Gary, and they have an adult daughter, son-in-law and seven-month old granddaughter. In addition to her family, she draws inspiration from music, especially this Carrie Newcomer song lyric,
“The greatest revolution is a simple change of heart.”
Cheryl shared that,
“Central to my faith is the inherent worth and dignity of each person and my commitment to justice, equity and compassion for all.”
This is what drew her to get involved with Hunger Hike and the new LUM Westside Food Pantry, opening this April.
“Creating awareness of food insecurity, raising money to fight hunger and providing food assistance to local families,”
is important to Cheryl. She is most proud of her work with the LUM Executive Council, stating that,
“Serving as the liaison for my church, working with the governance of LUM and witnessing firsthand the LUM volunteers & staff making a difference in people’s lives, gives me such a positive feeling. LUM truly is in the business of helping to restore human dignity and hope.”
Following a long history of women serving with LUM, Cheryl is a humble and hardworking leader and volunteer. Over the years, she has stepped up and led when needed but has also rolled up her sleeves and participated in the day-to-day work at LUM.
“LUM helps me live out my values,”
Cheryl shared with pride and gratitude.
Cheryl also serves on the social justice team with her church and a racial justice group in the community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities including camping, traveling, music and supporting the arts, and tap dancing, which she has done since she was four years old.
LUM and the children and families served by LUM are blessed to have someone like Cheryl as their leader, advocate, and servant.
It is my honor to serve as President of the LUM Board of Directors. Each member of our Board represents their church partnering with LUM to tackle basic human needs and uplift people in Tippecanoe County.
Lafayette Urban Ministrycreates a larger vehicle for making a difference in Greater Lafayette than an individual church can make by itself.
I am thankful for LUM staff, donors, volunteers and Board members who work together to restore the hope and the self respect which all people need and deserve.
As you learn more about the programs of LUM, I hope you are inspired to get involved or increase your involvement to advance the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry. Thank you for your interest and support.
Cheryl is originally from Cincinnati where she met her husband Gary. They moved to Indianapolis in the mid-1980’s. Cheryl has lived in West Lafayette with Gary for 16 years and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. Cheryl graduated from Miami University (Oxford, OH) with a BS in Business/Marketing.
Cheryl and Gary have one daughter, Claire, and son-in-law, Stephen who live in St. Louis. She has served as a LUM board member since 2013, and has been on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee since 2014. Cheryl is the local coordinator for International Experience, a non-profit, high school student international exchange program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends—and loves tap dancing. This is Cheryl’s second year as program director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Celebration. She shared, “I am grateful to be a part of this event which provides a place for all to come together on Thanksgiving day for food and fellowship.”
Ben is originally from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Alison. He earned a BS in Computer Graphics Technology and Operations & Supply Chain Management, both from Purdue University (West Lafayette). Ben loves running outdoors, hanging out with his wife, exploring nature and reading.
He and his wife are active in the community and within their church, St. Ann’s Church (Lafayette). He also has volunteered with the LUM After School Program. Ben shared that “knowing that the Turkey Trot will raise money for LUM to help children and families right here in our community” gives him pride. “Giving starts at home with our neighbors and local community, which can be powerful to help motivate individuals to change their position in life—and is what drives us to do great work in life.”
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Cheryl Fowler—Community Thanksgiving Celebration, program director
Cheryl is originally from Cincinnati where she met her husband Gary. They moved to Indianapolis in the mid-1980’s. Cheryl has lived in West Lafayette with Gary for 16 years and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church (West Lafayette). Cheryl graduated from Miami University (Oxford, OH) with a BS in Business/Marketing.
Cheryl and Gary, who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, have one daughter, Claire (22), who graduated this past May from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) and married in July. Cheryl has served as a LUM board member since 2013, and has been on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee since 2014. Cheryl is the local coordinator for International Experience, a non-profit, high school student international exchange program. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends—and loves tap dancing.
Noon to 2 p.m.Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette
FREE and open to the entire community
The FREE meal includes a traditional Thanksgiving feast with turkey, dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and a variety of pies. Donations and volunteers are needed to make it a success.
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