Laurel Events
Thursday, June 28th, 2001
Walk raises $3,600 for Hope Houses
The Laurel Community Foundation Inc. recently held the Donna Whaley Memorial Walk for Hope. The walk was a fund-raising event held at the Laurel High School track in memory of Donna Whaley. Whaley, a long-time advocate for the homeless in Laurel and former middle school nurse, was a founding voice in the Hope House project. Summer Spicer, the walk organizer and an LCF trustee, felt that the walk would honor Whaley's memory and her commitment to this humanitarian effort. Spicer said that the event raised more than $3,600. The funds will be used to help defray the construction costs of Hope House I and II, transitional housing units for the homeless of Laurel. Even with the inclement weather, more than 75 people participated in the walk. The Laurel Lions Club provided sodas and hotdogs for all of the participants, and disc jockey Wayne Smith of Seaford provided musical entertainment. Certificates were presented to the following people and organizations:
Top money raiser - Kim (Whaley) Parker
Secondmoney raiser - Stacey Frantz
Third money raiser - Brittany Cooper
Organization with the most participants - Laurel High School National Honor Society
Organization raising the most money - Laurel High School National Honor Society.
All other participants received certificates from the Laurel Community Foundation Inc.
Spicer reports that plans are already under way for the second annual Donna Whaley Memorial Walk for Hope. She promises that the event will be "bigger and better than ever."
The LCF is conducting its capital fund-raising drive. Donations are accepted at the Laurel Community Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 81, Laurel, DE 19956.