2015 Hunger Hike sets record, raises over $100,000

Lafayette Urban Ministry announced the 2015 Hunger Hike surpassed their goal of raising $100,000.
Lafayette Urban Ministry announced the 2015 Hunger Hike surpassed their goal of raising $100,000.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The 2015 Greater Lafayette Hunger Hike was the best ever.

Lafayette Urban Ministry announced Monday that the 2015 Hunger Hike surpassed their goal by raising just over $100,000, which is $5,000 more than their previous record.

Nearly 1,000 people participated in the walk, including volunteers, and about 1,500 participated in the 5K the following day in September.

LUM executive director Joe Micon said reaching their goal of $100,000 is a win-win for the community.

“It is quite satisfying to know that we have accomplished a goal. But what’s even more satisfying is knowing where the funds go and what they accomplish,” said Micon.

Proceeds from the Hunger Hike support Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank and the ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas in Haiti.

Micon said the success was a result of lots of hard work.

“More than anything else this year, we just really doubled down and we worked hard,” he said. “Raising $100,000 is not an easy task. We have a great fundraising task force and they just really, really worked very hard this year.”

The 2016 Hunger Hike will be Sept. 17-18. The goal for this year’s fundraiser has not yet been set.

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