Monroe CROP Hunger Walk raises at least $6,000

| 22 Feb 2012 | 02:15

Monroe - The Fourteenth Annual Monroe CROP Hunger Walk was held on a beautiful fall day last Sunday. A pearly blue sky, warm temperatures and multicolored trees made the perfect setting for the Walk, which is held every year to raise funds for several food pantries in southern Orange County and also fight hunger worldwide through the auspices of Church World Service and other non-profit organizations. Girl Scout Troop 572 ran the water stop, passing out filled cups to thirsty walkers and collecting the occasional donation from supportive passersby. Many local churches and synagogues have supported the Walk from its very beginning. For instance, this year, Eitz Chaim Congregation raised more than $600. Congregation member Rochelle Marshall agreed to wear a silly hat to the Walk if someone would sponsor her for $50. They did, so she did. Approximately 90 to 100 walkers attended. Based on preliminary estimates of pledges and donations, between $6,000 and $8,000 was raised. The organization wishes to thank the following sponsors who made various contributions: “Monroe Volunteer Ambulance Corps, for helping to keep us safe; Fran’s Hallmark, for the helium in our balloons; and McDonalds, Monroe Bagel Boys, Shop Rite, and Stop and Shop for donations of refreshments.”