A Hope Center Pregnancy & Relationship Resources
3630 Hobson Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
IntroductionA Hope Center conducts just two major fund raisers each year. The fall walkathon brings out smiles in children along with fun and exercise for everyone involved. Ministry supporters who like to walk for LIFE look forward to the fellowship and encouragement of ministry supporters as they enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Shoaff Park. Register online or call us for a printed Registration form.
2014 Strides of Hope
Date: Saturday, September 20
Place: Shoaff Park, Conklin Pavilion
Time: Registration begins @ 8:30 AM
9:30 AM - Walkers leave start line (No timed run this year)
After the Walkathon enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast presented by International House of Pancakes. There will also be juice, coffee, and farm fresh apples.
In order to sustain unparalleled growth in services for our community, the ministry support base is challenged to grow. Attending the Walkathon is an easy way to help. You will be asked to fill out a registration form (online or use a printed form) and enlist sponsors to give a one-time financial contribution. Strides of Hope participants say it is not difficult to invite friends to be sponsors when they have a chance to tell about all the life-affirming services A Hope Center provides.
To participate using a printed Registration Form:
Download the Registration and Sponsor Form (Runners registration fee: $15.00. There is no fee to walk)
Email your name and address and receive a printed registration form by mail
To participate using Fundeasy Online Fundraising Page:
Click on the Fundeasy Online Page link (link is not active until summer 2014) and complete information about yourself. You can create a personal fundraising web page that's fun and easy to use. Your page will include our mission statement, a fund meter, and target goal amount. An email link allows you to invite all your friends & family to sponsor your participation. You can also spread the word via social networks like Facebook & Twitter. Online sponsors will receive a tax-receipt at time of donation or they can choose to be sent a pledge reminder following the event. You can also add sponsors to your fundraising web page who do not use the Internet just by "logging in" to your web page and entering their name, address and pledge amount.
Pre-register your group
Do you have a youth group, Bible study group, Sunday school class, or other group that would enjoy participating in the walkathon together? The first 75 group members at the park will receive a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich. The top group gathering the most pledges averaged per walker will be mailed a special group prize for each group member. To be eligible for group prizes, there must be 5 or more sponsored partcipants in your group. Please preregister your group as soon as possible (either online using FundEasy or call Bev at 755-1064).
New Prize Levels for 2014
Raise $150 in sponsor pledges and receive a Strides of Hope T-shirt
Raise $500 in sponsor pledges and receive a T-shirt, a sport tote, and entry slip for prize drawings. (You must be present at park to enter your name.)
Raise $1200 in sponsor pledges and receive a T-shirt, a sport tote, entry for prize drawings, AND you will receive an special invitation for yourself & one guest to the Strides Dinner Club at a local restaurant hosted by our executive director. (Date, time and location to be determined by AHC)
No 5K Run this year
2013 Strides of Hope was a success!
We wish to thank all the walkers and runners who met together at Shoaff Park on a cool September morning to celebrate the sanctity of human life and to all those who sponsored one of these participants. We are also appreciative OF the 28 companies who financially contributed by making an underwriting pledge and the many businesses who made in-kind donations.
The turnout for this year’s Strides of Hope was great with over 350 walkers and 63 5K runners who also enjoyed a pancake & sausage breakfast donated by our local IHOP Restaurants. Strides of Hope is an annual event when people in our community can walk or run together for fun, exercise, and fellowship while supporting a ministry that makes a difference for Life. Every dollar raised through sponsor pledges and underwriting helps provide all of the free services given to those needing our help at one of our four locations. Our goal this year is $68,000 and so far we’ve raised about $60,003, so your contributions are still needed.
The top fundraising team was Lutherans for Life who raised $6,535; followed up by Blackhawk Ministries Team who raised $3,145. We had 63 runners who competed in eight different categories, and this was the first year that we had winners for the top three places in all eight categories. The race was timed by Timing Solutions, which allowed us to use computer chips for more accurate times, and runners were able to check their times at computer kiosks after the race. We are looking forward to seeing the 5K race grow in the number of participants and in financial support of this vital ministry.
Please plan to join us next year on the 3rd Saturday in September when once again we’ll meet at Shoaff Park to walk, run, and celebrate Life by supporting this life-transforming ministry in our community.
The Grand Prize Drawing Winner of a Relax Package from Tranquil Touch Spa was LaDonna Ebler. Lutherans for Life was the winning team by raising $6,815!
This Year's Community Sponsors:
Doc Dancer Heating, A/C & Generators
W.C. Borchelt & Sons, Inc.
New Revelation Hair Care
Jimmy Johns-Dupont Road
Orthodontic Specialty Services, Inc.
Hamil, Lehman & England, PC
J & A Ford Tree Care, Inc.
Grabill Insurance Center
Leo Mini Storage
The Cleaning Company
Ron Hoot Construction, Inc.
Quality Crafted Homes
Korte Does It All
Home Dynamics by Curtis Liechty
Independent Alliance Banks
Bluffton Family Eye Care
Oberlin Marketing Company
Leo Auto Sales
Enterprise Electric, Inc.
DAVID L WADE, CPA
Georgetowne Place Retirement
A.E. Wegmann Agency, Inc.
Were you unable to attend? You can still help! Volunteer your time or donate funds.
2013 5K Run Results
It was a beautiful day for the 5K Run. We had 63 runners who competed in eight different categories! This was the first year that we had winners for the top three places in all eight categories! The race was timed by Timing Solutions, which allowed us to use computer chips for more accurate times. We had one runner that joked about the computer chips, “Those seconds are going to be important when I run the race in about 45minutes!” J Runners were able to check their times at computer kiosks then after the race. We are looking forward to seeing the 5K race grow in number of participants and in the amount that is raised!