The John H. Ware IV Memorial Hunger Help Walk will benefit four local nonprofits
● By Steven Hoffman
The John H. Ware IV Memorial Hunger Help Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 15. The event will raise funds to support the work of the Avon Grove Bridge Food Pantry, the Church of God Divine Sent Food Cupboard, the Lighthouse Youth Center, and the Neighborhood Services Center, which is to provide food to families in the community.
“The blessing of this fundraiser is that it supports four area agencies that have food programs,” explained Buzz Tyson, the executive director of the Lighthouse Youth Center. “The goal is to raise $15,000 from the event, and that will be divided among the four agencies.”
The John H. Ware IV Memorial Hunger Help Walk is sponsored by the Oxford Area Civic Association and the Oxford Area Ministerium.
Tyson explained that the event was named in memory of the late John H. Ware IV two years ago as a way to recognize all that Ware and his family have done for the community through the years. Tyson called Ware a friend, and said that he can remember a lot of times when he would visit with Ware and tell him about a particular need in the community—and then Ware would generously help to meet that need.
Registration for the walk begins at 1 p.m., and the walk itself starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Youth Center. There will be a one-mile course and a three-mile course for those who want to do a longer distance. The walk is not competitive, and will be held, rain or shine. People can simply take part in the walk, or they can secure sponsors to raise money for their participation, or they can do both.
Tyson said that Lighthouse will use its funds to support the after-school program. The Lighthouse serves meals to children daily.
“On a slow day, we have 60 kids, a busy day is 100 kids,” Tyson explained, adding that proceeds from the walk will also help fund the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals that the Lighthouse offers to children in the community.
For more information about the walk, contact Buzz Tyson at 484-880-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Tara Eggers at 610-842-2393 or Tara.Eggers@dansko.com.