A huge thank you to all those who participated in the 2018 Walk for Life, whether by walking and raising funds, pledging money, donating your time/talents/resources, or coming out to cheer us on. A crowd of more than 200 people — including 170 walkers — came out to celebrate Life Worth Defending on Saturday, Oct. 13. The weather may have been cool, but the hearts were warm of the people that raised more than $25,800 for Heartbeat and the Ava Women’s Center. It is wonderful to see what God is doing through everyone involved.
It was a great time for catching up with old friends and making new ones. In addition to the walk and time of fellowship, walkers were treated to a continental breakfast and a delicious hot barbecue lunch. The kids enjoyed crafts and a coloring contest.
A few special acknowledgements….
We’d like to thank these donors who contributed to the event, for breakfast, lunch, or prizes:
Clearly the Best
Giant Eagle - Calcutta
Giant Eagle - East Liverpool
Peace Valley Orchards
Thank you to Billy Collins and Sheryl Garner for sharing their musical talents.
Special Walker Awards
Walker with the Most Pledges - Marsha Von Ludmann ($1,540)
Youth Walker with the Most Pledges at the walk - Lauren Bezdek ($340)
The Chris DeLauder memorial fund also raised $2,193
Oldest Walker - Phyllis Conley
Group with the Most Walkers - House of Prayer (31 walkers!)
The top 10 Churches in pledges raised:
Heights UBC - $3,881
First Christian, Chester - $2,602
Northside - $2,542
House of Prayer - $1,744
Lake Mount - $1,723
Faith Community Church - $1,290
First Free Methodist - $987
First Church of Christ - $840
Hope Christian - $785
Boyce United - $763
Thank you again to all who played a part in this event. Heartbeat would not be able to touch the lives it does in the community without you! Watch this space for information on our upcoming events, including the Vision Banquet, scheduled for April 4, 2019, and the 2019 Walk for Life! God bless!