CROP Walk thanks its supporters for another year helping to end hunger

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By Community Editor

The 2015 CROP Hunger Walk Team wishes to thank and bless the wonderful community that generously supported the 32nd Annual CROP Walk in Oak Park on May 3, 2015.

What a joyful day it was with over 340 walkers and volunteers enjoying a warm, beautiful day.

Recipients of the money raised include hungry people around the world with 75% going to the international relief and development programs of Church World Service (CWS) and 25% going to those served by the following eight local agencies: Cluster Tutoring Program, Forest Park Food Pantry, OPRF Food Pantry, Pine Avenue Food Pantry, Prevail, Proviso Food Pantry, Quinn Center Food Pantry and West Suburban PADS.

It is not too late to donate by visiting the Walk website:


The following Businesses who provided financial and/or in-kind support:

  • Avenue Ale House
  • Automotive Tech Center
  • Axtell Agency - American Family Insurance
  • Bowker Family Eye Care
  • caffe DeLuca
  • Cardiology and Vascular Specialists
  • Centuries & Sleuths Book Store
  • Chicago Cardiology Institute
  • Chuck E. Cheese, Melrose Park
  • Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest
  • Costco
  • David King and Associates
  • Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home
  • Dr. L Lambert
  • Dr. Richard Perry DDS
  • Elite Tire and Auto
  • Everett Wealth Solutions
  • Fair Share Finer Foods
  • Forest Park National Bank & Trust
  • Forest Park Post
  • Forest Park Review
  • Ginance Corporation D/B/A Blueberry Hill
  • Goodfellow Chiropractic
  • Jerry Jacknow Inc., Realtor
  • Jerry E. Udelson, DDS, PC
  • John S. Swift Co, Inc. Printing
  • Kinderhook Tap
  • Louie's Grill
  • McAdam Landscape Professionals
  • Mohr Oil Company
  • Mojo Express, Inc.
  • O'Sullivan's Public House
  • Pans Food Center of Oak Park
  • Park Avenue Hair Studio
  • Polished Nails and Day Spa
  • Prairie Home Inspection Services, Inc.
  • Republic Services Waste Management
  • Schauer's Hardware
  • Starship, Inc. Restaurant
  • Tan Travel
  • Taste of Brasil
  • Team Blonde/Counter Coffee
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • The Looking Glass
  • The Printing Store
  • Tim Stefl Plumbing
  • Todd & Holland Tea Merchants
  • Trader Joe's of Oak Park
  • Turano Baking Company
  • Von Dreele-Freerksen Construction Co.
  • Walgreens at Madison and Oak Park
  • Wednesday Journal
  • Westgate Flower and Plant Shop
  • Zoller, Swanson & Co., CPAs

Special Thanks to:

  • First United Church of Oak Park
  • Good Heart Work Smart Foundation
  • Hope Tabernacle Praise Team
  • Pilgrim Congregational Church
  • Rev. Jenny Weber, First United Methodist, Oak Park

Rest Stops/Coordinators:

  • Ascension Church/ Charlaine McAnany
  • St. Paul's Thai Lutheran Church /Monta Limthongviratn

Incredible Walk Volunteers:


  • Jessica Banks
  • Grace Behrendes
  • Debra Chatman
  • Ethan Colchamiro
  • Ashley Coleman
  • Mattie Fuller
  • Marian Haas
  • Rose Haque
  • Joshua Honorable
  • Frank Hughes
  • David Z. Kibblesmith
  • Marge Lyon
  • Leslie Marino
  • Nina McCaffrey
  • Sylvia Menninga
  • Shirley Owens
  • Robert Sherrell
  • Matthew Udelson
  • Warren Udelson
  • Gretchen Worley

Crossing Guards:

  • Mark Finley
  • Forest Park Police
  • Karl Frantz
  • Kelly Frantz
  • Cheery Gunn
  • Karen Heller
  • Rae Kalin
  • Melanie Kincaid
  • Gy Menninga
  • Don O'Brien
  • Elizabeth Overland
  • Jayne Poplett
  • Registration:
  • Bob Haisman
  • Janet Haisman
  • Sarah Harmon
  • Pat Koko
  • Will Ksander
  • Janet Paulin
  • Lee Pennington
  • Nancy Pennington
  • Lynda Schueler
  • 2015 CROP Walk
  • Organizing Team:
  • Marty Colchamiro
  • Mary Ellen Creighton
  • Joanne Despotes
  • Ted Despotes
  • Tom Holmes
  • Alice Hughes
  • Nick Menninga
  • John O'Rourke
  • Kathleen Sherrell
  • Sandra Shimon
  • Doug Wyman

Participating Organizations/Recruiters:

  • Ascension Church/Charlaine McAnany & Doug Wyman
  • Best Foot Forward/Aimee Woodyard
  • Cluster Tutoring/Sylvia Menninga
  • & Connie Henderson-Damon
  • Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church/Judith Hamje
  • Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church/Linda Martens
  • First Baptist Church of Oak Park/Brent Friesen
  • First United Church of Oak Park/Jim Babcock
  • First United Methodist Church Oak Park/Craig Zeller
  • Forest Park Food Pantry/Janet Paulin
  • Forest Park Library Teen Service Group/Regina Townsend
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church/Leslie Marino
  • Harvard Family United Church of Christ/Kay Herrera
  • Hope Tabernacle/Tiffany Harrison
  • Kingdom Running Club/Sharon Stewart
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • OPRF Food Pantry/Michelle Zurakowski
  • Parkview Presbyterian Church/Kamana Mbekeami
  • Pilgrim Congregational Church/Cristine Vesely
  • Pine Avenue United Church/Maxine McGhee
  • Prevail/Cristy Harris
  • Proviso Food Pantry/Jean Dillner
  • Quinn Center Food Pantry/Gabe Lara
  • River Forest United Methodist Church/Jean Dillner
  • St. Bernardine Catholic Church/Dick Murphy
  • St. Catherine - St. Lucy Catholic Church/Bill Cragg
  • St. Christopher's/Laura Johrdahl
  • St. Giles Family Mass/Mary Schmidt
  • St. Paul's Thai Lutheran Church/Ted Lietz
  • Third Unitarian Church/Kathleen Sherrell
  • United Lutheran Church Oak Park/Susie Gartner
  • Unity of Oak Park/John O'Rourke
  • Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist
  • Congregation/Lori Radder
  • Village Church of Oak Park/Karlee Kirkpatrick
  • West Suburban PADS/Nancy Ford

The CROP Team acknowledges and thanks Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review for their many years of outstanding generosity and continual community support!

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