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placeholder October 27, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA

Some of the walkers who participated in the Sept. 27 Walk for the Poor benefited St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County.
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Walks for the poor aid East Bay St. Vincent de Paul

Walkers braved the heat on Oct. 5 for a walk in Oakland to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County.

Walkers in two counties logged laps around tracks in two counties in the Friends of the Poor Walk to raise money for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

On the track at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland on Oct. 5, 170 walkers, participating as teams, families and individuals, brought in about $10,000 for St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County.

This was the first year the event was held at the high school. SVdP's Kitchen of Champions program provided the food truck offering cold drinks, as well as a menu that featured kale salad, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers and black bean vegetarian patty. Fruit cobbler a la mode was offered for dessert.

50th anniversary celebration
St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County
When: Nov. 8

5 p.m. Mass, celebrated by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ; 6 p.m. Reception, dinner, awards presentation

Keynote speaker:
Bishop Barber

Where: St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek

Tickets: $50

Online ticket sales:

To pay by check, please send a check addressed to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County at $50 per ticket to:

Attn: 50th Anniversary Dinner Tickets Yee Pang 2210 Gladstone Drive Pittsburg, CA 94565
On Sept. 27, about 90 walkers completed laps around the track at St. Isidore Parish in Danville to raise more than $6,000 to support the St. Vincent de Paul Family Resource Center of Contra Costa County.

"I've spent this time walking thinking about what it would feel like to be unable to afford the nice shoes I have, to be cold and stuck outside, and what it means to care for our neighbors in need," said Frank Wnuk, a board member at St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, as he completed walking more than eight miles.

Carondelet High School students Siena Armanino, Katie Kuptz, Mia Maloney and Sami Martellaro coordinated the event, which saw the widest participation in St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County's history. Students from Carondelet High School, De La Salle High School, St. Isidore School, the St. Isidore High School confirmation program, and San Ramon Valley Christian Academy turned out in large numbers and took the lead in registering walkers for the event, passing out water, and collecting donations.

Nationally, the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run attracted more than 22,000 walkers, raising more than $2.1 million at 232 locations across the United States in 2013. The 2014 numbers are not yet available.

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