I am delighted to report to you that CROP Hunger Walk Las Vegas raised $9812.85 this year and we had 150 walkers. This means that our two local hunger relief agencies — The Samaritan House and the Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen — will each receive $1226.60 (one half of the 25 percent returned to Las Vegas for hunger relief efforts here).
Once again, we salute and celebrate the efforts of the Immaculate Conception confirmation classes and their sponsors, Darlene and Ernest Chavez, who raised $4107.10, and Liz Conescu and the unaffiliated walkers who raised $1130. We gratefully acknowledge the very generous $1000 continuing contribution of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, and we thank the Tea Time Quilters for the beautiful lap quilt they donated for raffle which raised $154. Of course, we cannot say enough thanks to the other groups who continue to support the efforts of CROP Walk each year — St. Paul’s Peace Church, Samaritan House, First United Presbyterian Church, First Methodist Church, Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen, Rotary Club of Las Vegas, NMHU Newman Club, United World College and Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas. We also want to thank Desiree Lucero and Little Moon Restaurant for the fortune cookies we all enjoyed at the end of the walk.
We are grateful for the participation of Miss New Mexico, Nicole Miner; First Lady of UWC-Swaziland, Debbie Nodder; Rev. Rosemary Pierson and president of UWC-American West, Lisa Darling. I heard many say the comments of these speakers were especially meaningful.
Of course none of this would be possible without the generosity of the faculty, staff, and students of the United World College who allow us to walk in their beautiful place safely and peacefully in the spirit of walking with the hungry throughout the world. As always, we appreciate the help of the state police, the Sheriff’s Department and the UWC Wilderness Students.
Finally, I thank each of you — the walk volunteers for your continuing and dedicated energy and enthusiasm for CROP Walk. The special talent and expertise each of you brings to our team makes the work a joy and a success.
One last thing — we have been invited to eat at the soup kitchen on Thursday, December 10, 12:00 – 12:45, as a thank you from the Soup Kitchen to the CROP Walk volunteers. I expect we’re in for a treat, so I hope as many of us a possible will come.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.
CROP Walk chair