Helene Chavez Wins Hunger Walk Logo Contest

Helene Chavez with her winning logo design. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The winner of the 2013 Logo Contest for the Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is Helene Chavez, a fifth grader from Mountain Elementary School. Entrants in the contest had to be in fourth through sixth grade.

As the winner, Helene will get to see her design on more than 150 t-shirts given out to participants at the event. Competition for this honor was stiff, with three of the entries in close contention until the last moment, but Chavez’s design best caught the imagination of the judges, an event spokesman said.

Chavez’s mother, Frances Anchondo, works at Los Alamos National Bank and plans to have a lot of her co-workers join the walk/trot on Nov. 24, she said.

The CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in front of Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive.

Many local folks are already registered and working to get financial support for the walk/run against hunger. Of the funds they raise, 25 percent will stay in Los Alamos in support of L.A. Cares and 75 percent will be used to respond to world hunger and disasters through Church World Service or any of its 37 partner agencies, as designated by participants. (See the list at cropwalk.org.)

To participate in the event, one need only show up, register on site, and walk or run the 2.7 mile course. Donations of money to combat hunger, or of non-perishable food for L.A. Cares, are most welcome at the time of registration.

Chavez moved to Los Alamos a year and half ago, from Santa Fe. She enjoys living in Los Alamos because of the wildlife.

“I never would have imagined going out my front door and seeing deer while walking to school,” Chavez said. This not all she likes about Los Alamos. “I love that our town is involved in many activities,” she said.

Helene has been drawing for the last three years and painted several canvases during her summer at the YMCA. “My favorite is one is of aspens with clouds that hangs in my room,” she said.

Among some of her other hobbies, Chavez enjoys playing basketball and baseball, running, mountain biking, and playing with her three pet birds, Marley, Bella and Stormy, and with her dog Oakley. She feels strongly about world hunger. She would like to tell everyone, “Do not waste food or water because there are hungry people in the world who don’t have either. Feel fortunate for what you have.” 

This will be her first year attending the Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot and she looks forward to more of them in the future. She will be running with her family and friends as a team named The Gobblers.

“Our team is very caring of the world and this cause … that it helps feeding the hunger,” Chavez said. “Together we can make a difference to those less fortunate in our donation to the CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot.”