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