At last year’s Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk, Fr. Ragan Schriver left most of us in his dust. This year, during our promotional appearances at churches, schools and on TV, I said I would try to get the energetic priest to slow down to human speed. I even mentioned it in my remarks at the event on Sunday:
I was honorary chairman of the event and doubled as emcee. The real work was done by dedicated volunteers like chairperson Amy Bare and Catholic Charities staff members including Laura Seymour. Mike Martin helped gather a significant amount from corporate sponsors such as Kimberly-Clark, B&W Y-12 and Covenant Health. One of the new sponsors, Regions Bank, requested that we draw attention to the green bicycle they were giving away on-site. Fr. Ragan’s quickness helped me think of an easy way to feature the bike:
I inadvertently discovered an easy way to collect additional cash donations for Columbus Home. Two young girls approached me and asked if I would give a shout-out to one of their friends. As a joke, I got on the mic and said that I would absolutely not say hi to their friend Kayla unless they made a donation. Next thing I knew, a steady stream of kids, each waving dollar bills at me, asked me to say hi to their friends.
Kim McCready, a fellow parishioner at All Saints, was supposed to be the photographer for the event. Unfortunately her young daughter suffered a broken leg yesterday. Kim’s son Tim ably stepped in and took tons of great pictures. He was kind enough to share six with me to post here.