Great Community Support
Key to CROP Walk Success
Another successful year for the Lake of the Ozarks CROP Hunger walk is due to thewonderful support and participation of so many in our community. The six restaurants, Bob Evans, Chili’s, Culver’s, Golden Corral, Half-Sauced Barbecue and Shell’s Emporium, who held fundraisers in the weeks prior to the walk set the pace for a fun-filled, successful event.
The weather was crisp, clear and just perfectmorning, September 14 for the Fourth Annual Lake of the Ozarks CROP Hunger walk. There were over 90 participants and almost $8,000 in donations raised as of morning, September 16 with several outstanding donations not yet turned in. 25% of all funds raised go directly to Hope House Food bank. In addition, the contributions will “touch” over 3,000 food banks nationally and thousands of people around the world to help address food and water issues in developing countries through Church World Service.
Each participant in the walk signed a special quilt constructed by Hope House Board Member Barb Fisher and machine quilted by Carrie Johnson who donated her services. The quilt will be displayed at Hope House.
Pastor Gary Mitchell, Lake Ozark Christian Church, provided the prayer and music to start the group on their walk.
Marine Corps League Color Guard Detachment #1137 members, Brad Harbison, Adrian Allsup, Mike Procter and Jim Hartwick, presented the colors and led the walkers across the street to begin the 5K walk as the Lake Ozark Sheriff’s Department officers stopped traffic for the group.
The energetic School of the Osage Varsity Cheerleaders, led by Coach Misty Maples, encouraged the walkers with a special cheer along the way.
Among the churches and organizations who participated were Church at Osage Hills, First Family Church, Lake Ozark Christian Church, Lake Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Dogwood Elementary School teachers.
Wal-Mart and L’il Rizzo’s provided gift cards for the drawing winners and Starbucks donated lots of iced tea. Water and power bars located at the beginning and mid-way point kept the group energized and hydrated. And, those all important Handy Jons were also available at the beginning and mid-way points. And last, but certainly not least, our local media outlets, Bank Star Marquees and Lamar electronic billboards kept the Lake community well informed about the CROP walk as well as the many other wonderful events in our area. Well done Lake of the Ozarks community! On behalf of Church World Service and the CROP Committee, thank you to all who made the Fourth Annual Lake of the Ozarks CROP Hunger Walk possible. You helped stomp out hunger “One Step at a Time”.