Thursday, October 21, 2010

CHOW Hunger Walk Results

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CHOW Hunger Walk Raises $55,000

Print Story Published: 10/20 4:25 pm ShareThisUpdated: 10/20 4:29 pmFrom Broome County Council of Churches:

The 28th Annual CHOW Hunger Walk raised more than $45,000, one of its largest-ever walks—in dollars and walkers. Sponsorships of the event amounted to an additional $10,500 for a total of $55,674.

“I think people in Broome County are very much aware of the needs of the less fortunate, and responded enthusiastically at the walk to help us meet these needs,” Deacon Edward Blaine, CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) program director, said. “Demand for food is up about 25% over last year at this time—this support will help greatly.”

In addition to the $55,674 raised, walkers collected 1,620 pounds of food for the CHOW pantries.

Nearly 1,000 people participated in the walk on Sunday, Oct. 17, one of the larger crowds in recent years. Any walker who collected at least $50 received a free CHOW Hunger Walk tee-shirt.

The Hunger Walk is one of the major fund-raising events for CHOW, one of several programs operated by the Broome County Council of Churches. Walkers covered a 2.5-mile course around the Binghamton University campus, then headed back to the gathering area near the East Gym for food, beverages, games and entertainment. Several student organizations, fraternities and sororities helped with registration, setup and cleanup to make the event a success.

Walkers participated as individuals or with a group. The top groups, according to money collected, were:

--Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, middle school-aged youth group, with nearly 300 walkers, $8,747

--Tabernacle United Methodist Church, $2,664

--St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, $2,015

--Church of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, $1,248

--Endwell United Methodist Church, $1,004

--Vestal United Methodist Church, $1,000.

Additional money is expected to be donated between now and the end of the year in support of the Hunger Walk, according to Deacon Blaine. All the money is used to build up food inventories for the winter, typically a busy time for CHOW. CHOW feeds about 3,000 people each month, about half of them children.

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