The 2016 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot reports that the Los Alamos community helped raise more than $14,000 to fight hunger locally and globally.
More than 180 people participated in the November 20th event, running or walking the 2.57 mile, or the shorter 1.7 mile, route from Los Alamos Middle School to, or through, the stables and back.
Several sponsoring businesses and organizations supported the event financially: Atomic City Roadrunners and to the Blackwell/Carroll Group of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, the Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Eye Associates of New Mexico, First United Methodist Church, Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, United Church of Los Alamos, Hartway & Breshears CPAs, Los Alamos Chiropractic & Sage Integrated Health, Los Alamos Medical Center, RPM Automotive, Smith’s Food & Drug Centers, The Finishing Touch, USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association. Other forms of support were given by Santa Fe Sports & Images and the Coca Cola Bottling Company, KRSN Radio, the L.A. Daily Post and the Los Alamos Monitor.
A logo contest was held for children in the 3rd through 6th grades. Those who submitted t-shirt logo designs were: winner Andy Enriquez, 2nd place Katie Petersen, 3rd place John Worley, 4th place Ocean Smith, honorable mentions Juliana Jordan, Marie Langlois, David Reichhardt. The talent of these artistic young people, helps to design beautiful t-shirts for the event each year.
Those who organized the event include: Lynn Wysocki-Smith, Ted & Joan Williams, Wendee Brunish, Jeanne Butler, Liz Martineau, Cynthia Biddlecomb, Elisa Enriquez, Stan Kosiewicz and Amy Anderson. Help came from Chelly Young, Clark DeNevers, Marie Bourguet, June Gladney, Rosmarie Frederickson, Vince Chiravalle, Patricia Cote. Others helped on the day of the Walk/Trot, brought food for the potluck, helped with registration, or organized walkers from their religious communities.
At least 25 percent of the funds raised at this event were given in support of LA Cares, the local food bank. The remainder of the funds will provide emergency relief and will help combat food insufficiency around the world. Next year’s Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot starts at 2 p.m., the Sunday before Thanksgiving.