Ninety-one CROP walkers and volunteers enjoyed a beautiful fall day as they walked to raise money for people in need on Sunday, September 30.The walk, which started from St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Clare, was in memory of Curt Murton, a volunteer for many years for his community and for the CROP Walk. Sandra Campbell, also a volunteer for many years, was recognized as Grand Marshall and presented with a certificate as Grand Marshall, a card and gift certificate. She led the walk in a car furnished by McGuire Chevrolet and driven by walk Coordinator Rose Musser. Father Wm. Rutkowski of St. Cecilia Catholic Church gave the prayer sendoff.
Paul Robb was Master of Ceremonies for the sendoff and program afterwards. New teams this year were introduced, and then all the teams were recognized. Robb expressed appreciation to Paula Goyt who purchased, prepared and served the food. The Mid Michigan Ham Radio Club, who provided safety and rides for walkers, was recognized. All walkers received a list of all the businesses who donated to the walk. Robb expressed appreciation for these“Friends of CROP.” Robb expressed praise, however, for all the help of the many walkers, sponsors, recruiters, business team, committee, and volunteers who gave a lot to make this walk so successful.
Walkers returned from the walk to enjoy more food and the awards and drawings. Ginger, who lives with Jane Murton, was the dog who won the “top dog” award for raising $350. Ten children each received two gift certificates from Burger King for a meal as well as a CROP Walk pin. Eleven pins were awarded to adult walkers for raising $150 or more dollars. First, second and third place teams will receive awards after October 14, when all monies must be turned in. Many gifts and gift certificates donated by the businesses in the county and drawn by the walkers added to the enthusiasm for an enjoyable day.