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April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014: Cheers & Jeers


“We thank the Walton Christian Church for the use of its facility. Thanks to all the gospel fans who came to the concert and were generous in their love offering to the Blackwoods.

“Thank you to Alex Ayers for opening the concert with three songs that the crowd enjoyed — so did the Blackwoods. They complimented this 20-year-old young man on his talent.”

Walk A Mile event raises $129,000

Van Taylor, executive director of the Kokomo Rescue Mission, sends this Cheer:

“Once again this year, the staff and volunteers of the Kokomo Rescue Mission would like to express our deep appreciation to the community for its support for the 13th Annual Walk A Mile in My Shoes event. Thanks to the amazing support of the corporate and private sponsors, along with the walk participants, the 2014 goal of $125,000 was met and exceeded with more than $129,000 in donations. Proceeds from the Walk A Mile event support the Mission’s Open Arms ministry for women and children.

“The walk participants are a vital component of this annual event. In addition to raising funds for the event, their participation demonstrates their love and compassion for the women and children who stay at Open Arms. Walk participants have an opportunity to tour the Open Arms facility and learn about how this ministry assists women and children get a new start in life.

“Walk Team awards for 2014 are: First Place Golden Sneaker Award, Rossville Bible Fellowship; Second Place Silver Slipper Award, Kokomo Casting Plant; and Third Place Bronze Baby Bootie Award, Grace United Methodist. The elementary school Pink Sneaker Award Winner is Lafayette Park School.

“Major corporate sponsors for the 13th Annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes Event were: The Beck Foundation – Beck’s Hybrids; St. Joseph Hospital; Hewitt Manufacturing Plastic Solutions; Z92.5/WIOU/Rock 98.5; Jean Rinehart, Independent Consultant for Longaberger; Merrell Brothers; Coca-Cola of Kokomo; Choice Real Estate; Regions Insurance of Indiana; Allstate Insurance – Don Davis and Sara Pyle Agencies; Button Dodge and McGonigals Inc.; Community First Bank; Haynes International; NIPSCO; and Salin Bank. We sincerely thank these corporate sponsors and the many other businesses that contributed to the success of the Walk. The Walk Breakfast and refreshment table sponsors included: Wise & Wise Farms, The Dinner Bell, Coffee Junkiez, McDonald’s, Gingerbread House Bakery, Wal-Mart and Dan’s Variety Bakery. Thank you all for your incredible support for Open Arms!

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