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Hike4Hunger steps up

WINNER WINNER: Charlan Priel, with Hike Chairman Crystal Meppen, shows off her first place certificate after raising $1,237 for Hike4Hunger. Photo submitted by Linette Crelly
The fourth annual Hike4 Hunger once again proved that there are many people who are willing to help better their community, over 100 people showed up to Sunday’s hike raising $2,177 for the Southerntier Food Pantry.

The hike, which took place at Sprague Brook Park, gave hikers the opportunity to raise money based on pledge forms prior to the event. Charlan Priel raised the most money with $1,237, this is the fourth year that Priel has earned that accomplishment.

“Our highest raiser, Charlan, she’s a customer of ours and she just did outstanding,” said Fellowship Hill Ministries CEO Linette Crelly. “She even told her daughter, who lives in Ohio, not to come out for Mother’s Day but to come for the hike, so that was really cool.”

Rebecca Brown raised the second most amount of money, coming in with a total of $300 and third place went to Jeanne May. Springville Crossing raised $505 as a team and the maurices team raised $75.

Crelly, who helped organize the event, said it would not have been possible without the assistance of the Springville Crossing. Springville Crossing has been a part of the hike since its beginning, but really spearheaded this year’s, according to Crelly.

She also thanked Emerling Ford and the Springcreek Athletic Club, who both sponsored the event.

Crelly said the money raised benefits food pantries in the Southern Tier and can be used for everything from food purchases to operation costs.

“The Trading Post has really evolved, we’ve got a wonderful relationship with the Concord Food Pantry, Cattaraugus and Delevan,” she said. “Everyone in the whole region is covered.”

Crelly explained that while the Trading Post Community Care Center is income based, they also offer another program, 2nd Harvest Bread and Produce Program, which is open to anyone in the community. 2nd Harvest receives perishable food from Tops Friendly Market and WalMart that would have otherwise been thrown out and donates it to community members who need a meal.

“I’m so happy when someone comes in who doesn’t qualify for the Trading Post and I can explain to them we have different options,” Crelly said. “We can also get them set up with similar programs in their area to better serve them.”

Anyone who would like more information on the Trading Post or 2nd Harvest, or would like to donate, can contact them at 592-4455, or visit during hours of operation.

The Trading Post is open Mondays 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 10 a.m.- 4p.m. and Satudays 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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