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St. Mary Church wins Chelsea/Dexter CROP Hunger Walk Golden Sneaker award

Photo by John Gourlay. A scene from the Golden Sneaker Award presentation. Left to right: Barb Locks, Kathy Payne, Kathie Gourlay, Patti Wood.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Barb Locks for the information in this story and John Gourlay for the photo.)

St. Mary Catholic won the Golden Sneaker Award for having the greatest percentage increase in funds raised compared to 2018 in the Chelsea/Dexter Hunger Walk, and it was presented during the 10 Mass on Feb. 2

The walk, held Oct. 6, 2019 in Dexter, had more than 231 walkers and raised more than $36,326. The goal was $50,000 in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the first CROP Hunger Walk. Several participating faith organizations raised funds for hurricane relief, and when those numbers were added, the total was more than $52,600. Donations from corporate sponsors were a significant part of this total, and organizers are inviting sponsors to join them again for the 2020 Walk to be held on Sunday, Oct. 4 in Chelsea.

The bright orange T-shirts were designed by local graphic artist Cathy Hunter. The group is grateful for the organizations that sponsored them, and for sponsors that contributed funds toward the goal:

1st UCC Chelsea, Aubrees of Dexter, Barbara Locks Storytelling, BMW of Ann Arbor, Cash Cow, Chelsea Farmer Supply, Chelsea Milling, Cindy Strang State Farm Insurance, Cribley Drilling Company, Dexter UMC, Hunter Designs, IBEW 252, JJ Jinkleheimer,  Mercedes/Benz of Ann Arbor, Mitchell Family, Players International Games of Michigan, St. James Episcopal Dexter, and Sharon Broyles/Fine Arts Fun.

The walk alternates between Dexter and Chelsea. This year, the one-mile and 5-K routes start and end at St. Paul UCC. The theme is “Raising Animals: Growing Communities,” featuring fish farming and raising pigs in the Dominican Republic.

Registration and program begin at 1:30; the walk starts at 2 p.m. After the walk, join the group for conversation and refreshments.

Individuals, families, friends, businesses, civic organizations, school groups, religious organizations, and pets are welcome to join in.

The local CROP Hunger Walk was one of more than 800 walks across the United States last year. This money is used to change the reality for those who hunger and thirst in the United States and around the world. Twenty-five percent of the money raised goes to Faith in Action.

This year’s organizational meeting will  take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at St. Paul UCC in Chelsea at 14600 E Old US-12, 7:00 p.m. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

You may register online this spring at

Together, we can help end hunger in our community and around the world, One Step at a Time.

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