2016-10-13 / Life in Leelanau

Walk raises thousands to fight hunger


EIGHTY PEOPLE walked around Omena Point Sunday in the annual Leelanau County CROP Walk. Moneys raised will be used for hunger relief locally and abroad. EIGHTY PEOPLE walked around Omena Point Sunday in the annual Leelanau County CROP Walk. Moneys raised will be used for hunger relief locally and abroad. About 80 people turned out Sunday afternoon for a walk around Omena Point to raise money to feed the hungry locally and around the world.

Final tallies were not available as of Tuesday morning, but it appears that this year’s Leelanau County CROP Walk fell a little short of its fundraising goal.

“We’re at about $11,000 so far with totals from several agencies still out,” event chair Linda Miller said.

Last fall the group raised $14,000 and each team was challenged to raise 10 percent more than they did in 2015.

“That’s too bad since our goal of $16,000 seemed to be quite reasonable,” event chair Linda Miller said.

Miller credited the CROP Walk committee for its efforts. Members were Nancy Elmore, treasurer; Rev. Patti Haas, recruiters; and Laurie Lisuk, logistics.

Local fruit farmers Ann and Don Gregory provided two crates of apples. Dan Lisuk helped set up tables and chairs. Fred Miller hauled water to “water stops” and Darlene Garland, Kathy Smith and Michael Smith hosted the refreshment tables.

Donations can still be made online at crophungerwalk.org/suttonsbaymi.

Some 25 percent of the money raised stays in Leelanau County and benefits the two pantries run by Leelanau Christian Neighbors.

The remainder goes to Church World Service, an organization that provides food, clothing and medical supplies during natural disasters.

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