The 2003 Rockford-area CROP Hunger Walk, held in October, raised $25,010, the most that has been raised in the 17 years of the Walks history. Slightly more than 200 walkers participated, and of those, almost 30 brought in more than $200 each. But the largest amount was donated by an anonymous person who matched those $200 walkers with a $6,330 gift.
So far, Our Saviors Lutheran Church raised the most with $3,337 from 17 walkers, of whom Rev. Joe Marek, senior pastor, collected $1,405 by himself! Court Street United Methodist Church was second with $2,284 from 13 walkers. Other major contributors were: Riverside Community$1,032.50; Salem Lutheran$928.50; Aldersgate UMC$802; Beth-Eden UMC$637; Durand UMC$600; Christ UMC$532; Spring Creek Congregational$523; Gloria Dei Lutheran$455; Macedonia Baptist$390. Also, more than $1,200 came in that was unaccountable.
Stanley Campbell, recruitment leader, says it was more difficult recruiting this year but was extremely pleased and surprised with the response. Altogether, 39 churches and nonprofit organizations participated.
Hunger Walk leader Patrick Braun, lay leader at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, was especially pleased as this was his first CROP Hunger Walk in Rockford. During these economic hard times, it is a blessing to find people willing to give, said Braun. We are pleased that so many people chose to participate.
Donations can still be sent to CROP Hunger Walk, c/o Rockford Urban Ministries, 623 7th St., Rockford, IL 61104.
Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will stay in Rockford, going to the Hunger Connection and local food pantries, and the rest will go to overseas relief programs as distributed by Church World Service, the umbrella agency for the CROP Hunger Walk. The Rockford walk was one of hundreds across the country.