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Grand marshal named for October CROP Hunger Walk

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  • Betty Reed, the grand marshal of the 2013 Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk.

    Betty Reed, the grand marshal of the 2013 Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk.
    Courtesy of Christine Streed

Submitted by Linda Osikowicz

The Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk Committee is proud to announce that Betty Reed was named grand marshal for the 31st anniversary of the event that raises funds for people in need in our communities and around the world.

For 30 years, Reed has walked in the CROP Walk, joining others from churches in the Barrington area. As Reed traveled, she was able to witness the extent of hunger in other parts of the world, making the need to help more meaningful.

CROP, (Community Response to Overcome Poverty), works with local agencies to help support people in need around the world. Reed was instrumental in helping this Walk grow in both the number of walkers as well as the amount of money raised. After her husband's death in 2005, she took over his role as treasurer of the CROP Walk.

Reed enjoys working with people from other churches, so CROP isn't the only ecumenical group in the area which she has supported. She has been a part of Meals on Wheels since its inception in the Barrington area. In addition, she has also supported the Northern Illinois Food Bank, volunteering and serving on its board.

Reed has been an active member of the Barrington United Methodist Church since 1968.

The Barrington Area CROP Walk is an annual community hunger education and fundraising event sponsored by Church World Service, an international ecumenical relief, development and refugee resettlement agency providing assistance in the United States and around the world. The walk takes place throughout the village of Barrington, beginning at Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 909 E. Main St., with registration at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20; the walk begins at 1 p.m.

Twenty-five percent of all funds raised in Barrington stays in the area benefiting the Northern Illinois Food Bank, the FISH Food Pantry, Carpentersville, BACOA Meals With Wheels, Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry, Project HOPE, Palatine Township Food Pantry, the People in Need program of the Barrington Area Ministerial Association, and Barrington Giving Day.

To learn more, contact chairmen Tim and Silvia Grabacki and Linda Osikowicz at or (847) 836-5540.

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