Friends of the Poor Walk raised more than $24,000 to help out some of our neigh­bors

The Enterprise - - Community Forum - Patty Belanger, Hol­ly­wood Joan Goyco, Leonard­town The writ­ers are co-chairs of the Friends of the Poor Walk.

The 10th An­nual Friends of the Poor Walk was held Sept. 30 in Leonard­town. Thanks to your help and gen­er­ous sup­port, the walk raised more than $24,000 for the St. Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­eties in St. Mary’s County. The money raised stays in the lo­cal St. Vin­cent de Paul Con­fer­ences to be used for di­rect and im­me­di­ate aid to those in need.

We would like to thank these folks for their sup­port:

Gold Spon­sors were St. Mary’s Nurs­ing & Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter; Martin’s Auto Tech; Pizza Hot­line; 84 Lum­ber; Chick-fil-A; Ch­e­sa­peake Cus­tom Embroidery & Screen Print­ing; Wil­liam J. Fitzger­ald; Leonard­town Knights of Colum­bus; Town Clean­ers; Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream; Print­ing Press; SMECO; Par­lett Af­fil­i­ated Com­pa­nies LLC; The Baynet; and Cen­tury 21 New Mil­len­nium.

Sil­ver Spon­sors were Anne and Ernie Bell; Burch Oil; Du­gan, McKis­sick and Long­more; J.P. Wa­then’s Plumb­ing; Wa­then’s Elec­tric; David’s Flow­ers; In­ter­na­tional Bev­er­age & Deli; and Cit­i­zens for Matt Mor­gan.

Bronze Spon­sors were the Hol­ly­wood Lions Club; Wells Fargo Ad­vis­ers Fi­nan­cial Net­work-Steve Richard­son; AAMCO To­tal Car Care; IC An­gels Ladies Aux­il­iary; Knights of Colum­bus Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Coun­cil 8159; Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake; Mid-At­lantic Skin; Ea­gle Sys­tems; and B&B Main­te­nance.

Dona­tions came from Rose Miller; Dunkin Donuts; Qual­ity Auto Body & Col­li­sion; Laun­dro Mutts Pet Grooming; Dyson’s Build­ing Cen­ter; Steve Richard­son; Tay­lor Gas Co.; Me­chan­icsville Build­ing and Sup­ply Co.; Tom Hodges Auto Sales; Alan and Ch­eryl Par­ris; Frances Di­cus; Dorsey Law Firm; Auman Au­to­mo­tive; Unique Chic; Joan Goyco; Belk; and John and Ann Becker.

Door prizes were do­nated by Heav­enly Presents; Sue John­son; Hong Kong Buf­fet; Kevin’s Cor­ner Kafe; Pizza Hot­line; Leonard­town Old Towne Pub; Ledo Pizza; Peggy Gray; Good Earth Nat­u­ral Foods; Bar­bara Brown; Salsa’s Mex­i­can Café; Tr­ish Lea-Cen­tury 21 New Mil­len­nium; Foxy Fish; Gat­ton’s Bar­ber Shop; All About Beads and Games; and Her­itage Choco­lates.

Silent auc­tion bas­kets were do­nated by Blair’s Jew­elry & Gifts; Star­buck’s; Halo Hair Care Stu­dio; G&H Jew­el­ers; Kathy and Tim Miller; Ladies of Char­ity and Spe­cial Needs Min­istry-St. Aloy­sius Church; Sue John­son; Parish Pas­toral Coun­cil-St. Aloy­sius Church; Ju­lia Goyco; Caro­line Goyco; Rose Miller, Joan and Ivan Goyco; Glo­ria Ramos; Mor­gan Valeski-Stella & Dot Stylist; Tide­wa­ter Phar­macy; Dyson’s Lum­ber Cen­ter; Patty Belanger; and Tra­di­tions of Loveville.

We would like to ac­knowl­edge and thank the fol­low­ing in­di­vid­u­als: Jimmy Di­cus, Jamie Thomas and Kevin Cain for their help and sup­port ev­ery year. Thank you to Fa­ther An­drew White School and the Rev. David Beaubien for al­low­ing us to hold the walk at school. Thank you to Emily Belanger for or­ga­niz­ing a fab­u­lous brunch, and to the Ladies of Char­ity at St. Aloy­sius Church for serv­ing. Thank you to Mickey Ramos, Frank Wicker, Den­nis Lo­gan and Jimmy Strine for pro­vid­ing the mu­sic. Thanks to the Leonard­town Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad for be­ing there had there been an emer­gency and to Health Con­nec­tions from MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal. Thanks to Walter John­son, Glo­ria Ramos, Peggy and Matt Me­nard, Vicki and John Wenke, Kathy and Tim Miller, Leonard­town Knights of Colum­bus, Rose Miller, Mike McCauley, Saraha Nor­ris and Scott Belanger.

Thanks to Ernie Bell who ar­ranged to have the Old Jail Mu­seum on Court­house Drive open for walk­ers to visit. Thank you to John Wenke for be­ing mas­ter of cer­e­monies. Lastly, thank you to the hun­dreds of walk­ers. You are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many.

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