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27th annual Walk Against Hunger

When: Sunday, May 21, noon (onsite registration begins at 11 a.m.)
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 889 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: By donation; a minimum of $10 is required to receive a T-shirt
Visit: newhorizonsfornh.org




Spring stroll
Take a Walk Against Hunger for New Horizons

05/18/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Enjoy a Sunday walk on the streets of downtown Manchester, followed by music and food, at the 27th annual 5K Walk Against Hunger.

The event will start and end at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, May 21, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and the 5K walk kicking off at noon rain or shine. Walkers can participate either individually or as a team.
The walk route will travel west from the park on Granite Street before turning north on Canal Street, east on West North Street and south on Chestnut Street back toward its starting point. Water will be provided to walkers at several intervals during the route and live music courtesy of DJ Dave Entertainment in New Hampshire will be featured at the park at the conclusion of the walk.
At about 1 p.m., a lunch of sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit, beverages and more will be served at the park for all walkers.
The walk is one of two signature annual fundraising events for the Manchester-based New Horizons for New Hampshire, a soup kitchen, food pantry and homeless shelter for adults that also operates Angie’s Shelter for Women on Manchester Street. Just under $116,000 was raised last year with nearly 1,000 participants, and development director Michelle Casale said the goal is to at least match that amount this year.
“We actually have a school board member of the Manchester School District getting all of the schools [in the city] involved by forming their own walk teams,” Casale said. “She’s single-handedly injected a lot of new energy and excitement by adding 16 teams and about 250 people to the walk, so that’s been great.”
Casale said many of the teams that participate in the walk are made up of members of local businesses, churches, walking groups and friends. Teams are made up of at least 10 walkers and commit to raising a minimum of $500 combined. But individual registrants are also accepted online and at the park on the day of the event. A $10 minimum donation is required to receive an event T-shirt, but there is no minimum cost to participate in the walk.
“Many [businesses] return year after year, and every year we always get a half dozen or so new teams,” she said.
There will be a small awards ceremony at the park from about 1 to 1:30 p.m., with awards given out to individual walkers and walking teams who raised the most money for New Horizons for New Hampshire. Fundraisers to be recognized will include the best individual walker, the best business team, the best family team, the best school team and several others. 





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