5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Thursday, August 4, 2011

We'll Walk In Memory of Sue Glossbrenner

After a unanimous response from the coordinating committee, Janie Schildge, walk coordinator, has declared this year's walk in memory of Sue Glossbrenner. Only 56 years old, Sue passed away on Memorial Day leaving behind her husband Ken and two daughters, Morgan and Hayley. She also leaves behind her extended CROP family.

Sue met Terry Grove, a Church World Service Regional Director in 1979 and participated in the first CROP event in our area. It was a beach cleanup at Sandy Hook followed by a volleyball marathon the next year in 1980. Sue volunteered with the very first Red Bank CROP Walk in 1981. She is pictured on the left next to Janie in a photo from an Asbury Park Press article, Oct. 16th 2005. They were celebrating the 25th Anniversary Walk. We know that volunteers are the backbone of CROP and make it possible for the walk to take place year after year. We are considered to be the largest "all volunteer" CROP walk in the country. Sue, as our volunteer materials coordinator, was a vital part of the growth, success and "tradition" of the Red Bank CROP Walk.  Anyone who ever walked in our local CROP walk met Sue or benefited from her organization and distribution of walk sponsor and recruiter materials.Sue was passionate about her work to eliminate hunger. Her dedication helped make it possible for our walk to raise over 2 million dollars over the history of the walk. Her family will join us at this year's walk. 


Pictured above in the first photo on the left is Sue with her husband Ken and their oldest daughter Morgan 20 years ago. The photo on the far right of Sue, her husband and both daughters Morgan and Hayley was taken last year at our 30th anniversary walk. Like many of our CROP Walk families, the Glossbrenners through their United Methodist Church of Red Bank Congregation, walked to help feed hungry neighbors. Over 30 years, as their family grew, they brought backpacks and strollers. In later years the girls walked with church and school friends and Hayley participated on our high school teen leadership committee. When Hayley was 5 years old she was honored by Church World Service for being the youngest walker to complete the 5 mile hunger walk.

Our area recruiters have pledged to "step it up" to help as we find ways to go on with CROP and as we discover all that Sue really did. Sue used her dining room as a staging area for all sponsor and recruiter materials, her back porch stored walk signs and her famous milk box on the front porch was our CROP mailbox when people dropped off or picked up materials.

Sue won't be with us this year as we step out for #31 but she'll be in our hearts. Her family will walk in Sue's memory. We ask that everyone remember each volunteer, each recruiter, each sponsor and every foot that takes steps to end hunger. All make a difference to those in need. We encourage people of all ages and all faiths to take a stand against hunger,  to give unselfishly of your time, and be generous is your donations to help provide the most basic necessities of food, water and shelter for all. Click here to donate on line. Click here to Follow Us on Facebook

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