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Walk against Hunger: Feed locals, have fun at Keystone Saturday

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KEYSTONE – To benefit its much-needed emergency programs, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center will host its second annual Walk Against Hunger event Saturday at Keystone Resort.

The 5K, all-ages walk is set to start at 11 a.m. in the River Run Village. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed or most enthusiastic team.

“It’s the biggest fundraiser that FIRC does, apart from the Summit County Cares fundraiser through the Summit Foundation,” said Anita Overmyer, FIRC’s development director. “This one really is just for FIRC.”

Summit County Cares is an annual fundraising campaign benefiting nonprofit service providers in the community, and it is used only for direct emergency assistance – like rent help, medical bills or energy assistance – to needy people. Its efforts helps other nonprofits, like the Advocates for Victims of Assault, the Summit County Care Clinic and Summit County Social Services, by enabling them to refer people in need of emergency help to FIRC. The 2009 Summit County Cares fundraiser gathered $37,380, up more than $4,000 from 2008.

Money raised through Walk Against Hunger will go into the same fund, and help buy food for the food bank.

“Our goal this year is to raise $7,000,” Overmyer said. “Last year, we raised $5,000. The need is greater this year. Over last year, our emergency assistance programs, including the food bank, are seeing a 40 percent increase in use.”

Interested participants should register online before midnight Friday for $23, or onsite in Keystone for $29. Kids 17 and under can attend the walk for free with a donated food item.

According to Family and Intercultural Resource Center executive director Tamara Drangstveit, 50 people have already pre-registered for the event and she’s hoping for 100.

Anyone who’s interested in donating, but can’t attend the event can also fight hunger from home by registering online for $23.

“If you can’t make it, you can still help,” Overmyer said.

For more information about the Family and Intercultural Resource Center and Walk Against Hunger, visit http://www.summitfirc.org or call (970) 262-3888.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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