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Hunger Hike – Historic Event During COVID-19


$112,000+ Raised So Far! You Still May Give!

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Hunger Hike 2020 was a tremendous success — concluding with a remote event this past Sunday (September 20) — the “Livestream.”

It featured the traditional Zumba Warm Up from Studio b Dance & Fitness, the National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley, and a benediction by Bishop Timothy Doherty. It also featured remarks from local dignitaries Mayors John Dennis & Tony Roswarski, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker. Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik, and their teams made an appearance. The Livestream also offered entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group and magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.  

For decades, Hunger Hike has raised awareness for issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and raised funds in excess of $2 million to support food & nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Thanks to YOU, the participants & sponsors, for supporting Hunger Hike this historic year. And YES! You still may donate to Hunger Hike, a Hunger Hike Team, or a “Hiker.” 

To donate by text, text HHIKE to 41444

Hunger Hike is one of longest running & well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. & the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. Hunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

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Hunger Hike 2020 is HERE!


Join us for the Hunger Hike Livestream which will included the traditional Zumba Warm Up led by Miss Brooke from Studio b Dance & Fitness, US National Anthem sung by Julia Sibley and benediction by Bishop Timothy L. Doherty. It also will feature remarks from local dignitaries, Mayors Tony Roswarski John Dennis, Council members Lisa Dullum & Kathy Parker as well as the Hunger Hike co-chairs, Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp and David Kucik. The Livestream will also offer entertainment from One Size Fits All comedy improv group & magician, Scott Starkey, the Wizard of the Wabash.

Let’s not forget though that Hunger Hike is a fundraising event to address the issues of malnutrition, food insecurity & hunger — and aims to raise funds to support food and nutrition programs locally, regionally & globally. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.

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Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $2 million to help FIGHT HUNGER. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


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Hunger Hike 2020 – Begins THIS Sunday


Hunger Hike is one of the longest-running & most well-respected fundraising events, with a history stretching back nearly 30 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $2 million to help FIGHT HUNGER. Proceeds from Hunger Hike support the work of three local agencies – Lafayette Urban MinistryFood Finders Food Bank, Inc.& the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti MinistryHunger Hike is an opportunity to support these outstanding local organizations while being part of a meaningful community event.


Hunger Hike Events:

  • Challenge Week (THIS Sunday, September 13, to Sunday, September 20) is your opportunity pledge to Walk Far in the Fight Against Hunger – learn more
  • The Livestream is the premier event of Hunger Hike 2020 starting online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 – learn more

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Hunger Hike Countdown – One Month to Kickoff


Check Out the “NEW Challenge Week”

There are only 38 DAYS to Hunger Hike. Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever.

Hunger Hike 2020 will kick off on Sunday, September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps — using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm with the Hunger Hike livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for Hunger Hike. The hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.


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Has HUNGER HIKE Reached Its Goal? NOT Yet!

The Need is Great – So, Fundraising Continues
So far, more than 92% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. Won’t you please make a donation allowing LUM, Food Finders & St. Thomas Aquinas to continue to offer important food & nutrition programs?
 
Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach the goal:
 
  1. Make a Donation NOW, click HERE
  2. Support a Hiker or Team, click HERE — then click the TEAM tab
  3. If you are fundraising and have a First Giving page or team — send out another appeal to your friends, click HERE
  4. Purchase Hunger Hike T-shirts – (1 for $10 | 2/$15 | 6/$30) – To get yours, email hungerhike@lumserve.org. While supplies last.
 
Special THANKS to every donor, fundraiser, church, team, and event sponsor for your support. Let’s work together to reach $100,000 this year. And thanks.
 
If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email  hungerhike@lumserve.org  for more information.

58 Days to Hunger Hike 2019 – Register TODAY

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There are only 58 DAYS to Hunger Hike.  Why not get started NOW?  Here’s what you need to know to begin raising money and “fighting hunger.”
 
Hunger Hike is an annual community fundraising event whose mission is to Raise Awareness & Make a Difference in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally.  
Hunger Hike (Official Kick-off & 3K Walk) event details are as follows:
  • Sunday, September 22
  • Noon – Check-in & DJ music; 1 p.m. – Kick-off event begins; 1:15 p.m. – Zumba, Purdue Pete & Boilermaker Special; 2 p.m. – Hike starts; 3 p.m. – Hot Dog Picnic
  • Riehle Plaza, 2nd Street, Lafayette
 
Hunger Hike is the perfect event for a team or group — church group, student organization, civic group or your family. Put together a Hunger Hike team and start raising money using our  online fundraising site  — or any other way you choose. We hope you’ll consider joining our Fight against Hunger. Here’s how to get started:
 
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If you run and/or own a business — you also may become a  Hunger Hike Event Sponsor. If interested, email  hungerhike@lumserve.org  for more information.

Fr. Charles (Haiti) Visits Hunger Hike Team

HH LogoThis past Monday, the Hunger Hike team had a rare visit from the pastor from St. Francis Xavier Church in Baudin, Haiti—Father Charles Jean Pierre. Through the Haiti Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, Baudin is our “sister” community in Haiti.

Fr. Charles met with several groups including the Hunger Hike team. His message was simple — thank you, we need you, and you’re having a positive impact.

The meeting also included reports from members of the Haiti Ministry, John Ginda & Rob2015-08-24 2015-08-24 001 087 (2) (1024x1023) Pahl, as well as the St. Tom’s pastor, Fr. Patrick Baikauskas.


If you wish to learn more, please read the recently published News Article covering this meeting, click HERE.

To learn more about Hunger in Haiti, click HERE.


Please JOIN our Fight Against Hunger—locally, regionally & globally—by participating in Hunger Hike 2015.


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Hunger Hike — HEROES


The success of Hunger Hike 2014 may be attributed to many, many generous and hard working individuals, groups, churches and companies. This week we honor our TOP Fundraisers — and our Hunger Hike Heroes. Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who both raced in the HH5K Run on Saturday and participated in the Hunger Hike Kick-off event and 3K Walk on Sunday. Join us in celebrating and congratulating our Hunger Hike Heroes & Top Fundraisers.


Hunger Hike still needs your donations. To give online, go to www.hungerhike.org.


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  • Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP
  • Jennie Bowers
  • Hilary Cooke
  • Janet Dietz
  • Jeremiah Dole
  • Robert Foreman
  • Dallas Hallberg
  • Tim Jenkins
  • Joe Kepner
  • Joan Low
  • Joe Micon
  • Lauri Mitchell
  • Patti O’Callaghan
  • Rev. Bradley Pace
  • Mariana Paddock
  • Mike Shamus
  • Vonta Toutar
  • Amy Van Epps
  • Genevieve Viduya
  • Aidan William
  • Jennifer William

This year everyone was encouraged to be a Hunger Hike HERO. To be a Hunger Hike Hero, individuals had to do the following:

  • Participate in the traditional Hunger Hike on Sunday, September 21
  • Raise $50 or more for Hunger Hike
  • Run in the HH5K Run on Saturday, September 20th

If individuals participated in both events on Hunger Hike weekend and raise at least $50 — they not only received two T-shirts and water bottle — they are now being recognized as a Hunger Hike HERO.


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Next Year, Take the challenge—Run, Hike, Raise money to Fight Hunger — and become a Hunger Hike HERO!


Hunger Hike still needs your donations. To give online, go to www.hungerhike.org.



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Hunger Hike — Top Fundraisers

The success of Hunger Hike 2014 may be attributed to many, many generous and hard working individuals, groups, churches and companies. This week we honor our TOP Fundraisers — and our Hunger Hike Heroes. Hunger Hike Heroes are individuals who both raced in the HH5K Run on Saturday and participated in the Hunger Hike Kick-off event and 3K Walk on Sunday. Join us in celebrating and congratulating our Hunger Hike Heroes & Top Fundraisers.


Hunger Hike still needs your donations. To give online, go to www.hungerhike.org.


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Hunger Hike 2014 — Top Church Fundraisers

  1. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center $26,871.34
  2. Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church $3965.00
  3. Bethany Presbyterian Church $3469.81
  4. University Church $2525.00
  5. St. John’s Episcopal Church $2500.00
  6. Faith Presbyterian Church $1578.00
  7. St. Andrew United Methodist Church $1375.00
  8. Lafayette Christian Reformed Church $1350.00
  9. Federated Church $1095.00
  10. Central Presbyterian Church $1000.00
  11. Church of the Blessed Sacrament $818.37
  12. Unitarian Universalist Church $579.00
  13. Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception $503.70
  14. Trinity United Methodist Church $370.00
  15. Our Saviour Lutheran Church $345.00
  16. First Christian Church $255.00
  17. University Lutheran Church $225.00
  18. Community Reformed Church $201.00

Trophies will be presented to St. Thomas Aquinas—The Catholic Center at Purdue & the Chapel of the Good Shepherd—the Episcopal Church at Purdue at the next LUM Board Meeting.


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Hunger Hike 2014 — Top Team Fundraisers

  1. Military & Veteran Families Fight Hunger $815
  2. Grandma’s Team $774
  3. Benton Central High School $697
  4. Purdue Crew Team $501
  5. WeSSO (West Side Service Organization) $445
  6. Uptown Girls $325
  7. Harrison High School Sunshine Society $170
  8. Kids Rock $130
  9. West Lafayette Jr. High School $117

Military & Veteran Families Fight Hunger will be presented with a trophy at the next LUM Board Meeting


Hunger Hike 2014 — Top Individual Fundraisers

Top Fundraisers - Rob Pahl, Fr. Patrick & John Ginda with Hunger Hike Heroes!
Top Fundraisers – Rob Pahl, Fr. Patrick & John Ginda with Hunger Hike Heroes!

  1. Rob Pahl
  2. Fr. Patrick Baikauskas OP
  3. Jane & Duane Sellers

Each of our Top 3 Fundraisers raised over $5000 each. Rob Pahl will be presented with a trophy at the next LUM Board Meeting.


Hunger Hike still needs your donations. To give online, go to www.hungerhike.org.



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Hunger Hike 2014 – New Enthusiasm


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Dear Friend,


HH logoYou may recall that last year’s Hunger Hike event fell significantly short of its fundraising goal.  It was only through the concern, effort and generosity of people like you, that we were finally able to meet and exceed that goal in early December – a full two months after the event.

Since that time, Hunger Hike’s three sponsors – Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank and St. Thomas Aquinas Center’s Haitian Relief Ministry – have been hard at work proactively reorganizing our Hunger Hike fundraising efforts so as not to have a repeat of last year’s results.

We have been working so hard, that we recently 2012-09-16 Hunger Hike 2012 199 (2)announced to the community that we believe Hunger Hike has the capacity to raise $125,000 this year – a full 30% more than our 2013 goal!

There is so much new energy and enthusiasm in place for Hunger Hike that we are already looking forward to what a successful event might mean for our efforts to feed the hungry.


  • At the Lafayette Urban Ministry, the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry will extend its hours and be open on Saturdays in addition to its current operating hours during the week.
  • Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. would be able to expand its Mobile Pantry program to fight hunger when and where it is needed the most.
  • St. Tom’s Haiti Ministry would spend additional funds to further develop their pilot program of providing Haitian people with seeds that survive a variety of weather conditions.  They will also expand their water purification

We know that you have been a generous supporter of Hunger Hike in the past and we hope that you will join us in our effort to expand Hunger Hike’s impact during 2014.


First of all, you can help by circling the following dates on your calendar…

  • Hunger Hike 5K Run — Saturday, September 20, 8:00 a.m., West Lafayette’s Cumberland Park
  • Hunger Hike 3K Walk — Sunday, September 21, 2:00 p.m., Levee Plaza Parking lot in West Lafayette

You can also help by making a generous gift to Hunger Hike, right now, prior to the event.

Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, will allow our three sponsor organizations to expand their programs, respond to pressing need and better fulfill their missions of feeding hungry children and strengthening families who are experiencing food insecurity.


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Hunger Hike is our community’s oldest and most well-respected fundraising walk, dating back to the early 1970’s.  Last year more than 1,100 people participated in the event.  Over the years, more than $1.5 million dollars have been raised, providing a critical social safety net to thousands of hungry children and adults.

We hope you will join us again this year by running a little faster, walking a little farther – and digging a little deeper.   Help us to meet the new and urgent challenges that face us each day on the front lines in the fight against hunger.

Can we hear from you today?  Make out your check to “Hunger Hike” and send it to LUM – or give online at www.HungerHike.org


Gratefully,


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Joe Micon
Executive Director
Lafayette Urban Ministry


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Rev. Patrick Baikauskas
Pastor/Director of Campus Ministries
St. Thomas Aquinas – the Catholic Center at Purdue


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Katy Bunder
Executive Director
Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.


PS Please help us to reach Hunger Hike’s expanded goal of $125,000 so that our three sponsor organizations can better respond to the needs of those who come to us for food.  Place your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, or more, into the enclosed envelope and return it today.  You may also give online at www.HungerHike.org.


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How much should I donate? One helpful suggestion is to consider a donation equal to 10% of your monthly food budget or the cost of fast food meals for a month. To donate to Hunger Hike, click HERE.



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