The Clare County CROP Hunger Walk has raised to date $11,400 to benefit hungry people with the help of 59 walkers and volunteers. The three-mile walk on Sunday, September 29, started from St. Cecilia Catholic Church, and wound around the east side of McEwan St.
The walk was led by Grand Marshall Gretchen Wilbur. Master of Ceremonies, Paul Robb, presented a certificate to her, praising her for her 34 plus years of service to the Clare County Dept. of Human Services, and her many voluntary efforts in various capacities over the years. The CROP Walk Committee especially wishes to show their appreciation for her support of the CROP Walk. Wilbur also received a gift certificate for two for brunch at the Doherty Hotel.
Robb also expressed gratitude to St. Cecilia’s Church for hosting the event. He asked for all the teams to identify themselves by raising their hands. The following teams were represented: Clare Do It Best Hardware, Kimberly’s Cleaning, Suzy’s Beauty Shop, The Dog Walkers, and Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, Clare Congregational-UCC, Clare UMC, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran, Farwell UMC, Living Hope Lutheran, Prince of Peace Lutheran, St. Athanasius Catholic Church, and St. Luke Lutheran Church.
Robb then gave credit to all the teams and their walkers and recruiters, donors, and many volunteers who made the walk a success. Included in this number acknowledged by Robb were Paula Goyt and her husband Jeff who did all the shopping, preparing and serving of the meal for the walkers. Last but not least, Robb reminded the walkers of the contribution of many businesses who supported the walk, either by monetary donations to directly help those in need, or with in-kind gifts which walkers received after the walk in drawings and awards.
The list of businesses known as Friends of CROP were presented to walkers on the back of the route map. Walkers were asked to support the businesses that supported the walk. A poster also displayed at the walk listed the businesses. Robb explained the walk route and a prayer by Joanne Dana, Pastoral Minister at St. Cecilia’s, sent the walkers on their way.
The first two to return from the walk were Ethan and Jordan Bransdorfer, and they were rewarded with gift certificates from Arby’s Restaurant in Clare. Top Dog Award went to Jinney, a poodle who lives with Sandra Campbell, for raising $1,000, the top amount. Kim Person walked Jinney. The food and drawings were enjoyed by all after the walk. The top team, it was recently announced by Treasurer Colene Moore, went to St. Luke Lutheran Church. Their team raised a total of $1,591 averaging $397 per walker.