Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Evansville Area CROP Hunger Walk Press Release

Evansville Area CROP Hunger Walk
c/o Rev. Michael Erwin
Christ Church UCC
3601 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 250-9399

Saturday’s participants in the 43rd annual Evansville Area CROP Hunger Walk will be honoring the memory and the legacy of Al Spillman.

This year’s walk will begin and end at First Presbyterian Church at Second and Mulberry streets in downtown Evansville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Parking will be available at ECHO Healthcare at Third and Mulberry streets.

Walkers are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and take part in a “best costumes” contest. That too is in honor of Spillman, who was known for the multi-colored clown wig he wore during many CROP Hunger Walks.

Spillman, who died exactly a week after last year’s CROP Walk, was the walk’s top fund raiser. His involvement with the CROP Hunger Walk spanned nearly four decades, raising money and bringing hunger awareness out of the shadows and into the light.

 “I have no shame,” Spillman told a reporter for the Evansville Courier & Press before last year’s CROP Walk. “I’ll ask anyone for money – friends, fellow parishioners, my doctor – I’ve begged for money mercilessly.”

Although Spillman was unable to walk last year, the 42nd annual CROP Hunger Walk was his most successful. A total of $12,010.29 was raised for Church World Service, the Tri-State Food Bank, and the Evansville Emergency Food Pantry Consortium. Al more than doubled his previous record, collecting $4,639.75. Family and friends walking in Al’s honor raised another $1,163.36.

Spillman, who was 83 when he died on Nov. 7, 2015, was a graduate of Central High School and the University of Evansville (then Evansville College), where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. After serving in the Air Force, he completed his master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri.

After being diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2003, he made a vow that if he survived the cancer, he would dedicate the rest of his life to hunger issues.  He kept that vow for 12 years, even after his cancer returned last year.

Spillman, who in 2015 received Church World Service’s highest award, the Vanguard Award, for his dedication to hunger issues, will be remembered for his many ministries.

In addition to his private practice as a clinical psychologist, he worked at the Evansville Cancer Center, where he organized the “Man to Man” support group for men dealing with prostate cancer. An active member of St. John’s East United Church of Christ, he sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served both the church and the Evansville Tri-State Association of the UCC on various committees. He also volunteered in Deaconess Hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education program and served meals at United Caring Services.

“I work now for the homeless, the hungry, and the hopeless,” said Spillman before his death last year.

The CROP Hunger Walk benefits Church World Service, the Tri-State Food Bank, and the Evansville Emergency Food Pantry Consortium.

For more information, contact Rev. Michael Erwin, chair of the Evansville Area CROP Hunger Walk, (812) 250-9399.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Evansville Area CROP Hunger Walk is looking for a Social Media manager. This is a volunteer position that will promote the CROP Hunger Walk through Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and email. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Michael Erwin,

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Evansville CROP Walk - 2015 Final Total $$

THANK YOU - EVERY ONE OF YOU - for making this the biggest CROP Walk in a number of years!

And THANK YOU for getting your donations in before year-end, so that we can report a final total to you for the 2015 Evansville Area CROP Walk for Hunger.

The final total for the 2015 CROP Walk is: $12,210.29!!!

Now, please save OCTOBER 29, 2016, for the 2016 CROP Walk. We hope to see you there.

Thanks and Happy New Year to you and your family,



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

An exclusive video for you from CROP

Church World Service

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Dear friend,

With only a few days left in 2015, I want to share some thoughts with you about the year and give you a "sneak peek" at how you can change more lives in 2016.

Please watch this brief new video, made exclusively for CWS friends like you!

Rev. John L. McCullough
Rev. John L. McCullough
President and CEO

Monday, November 30, 2015

Give the gift of fishing lessons!

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Photo: Paul Jeffrey/CWS
I am sure you know the old adage, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat forever."

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a day to give back to the causes that matter to us – and I know that fighting poverty and injustice matters to you.

So while you are shopping for Cyber Monday deals on great gifts today, I am asking you to pause and consider giving the gift of "fishing lessons."

You know that through CWS, you provide emergency aid to people in crisis, like the flooding in Myanmar (Burma) in October. But you also know that your support creates lasting solutions for families and whole communities plagued by poverty – solutions that are tailored to their individual needs, and that can even help them become more resilient if disaster does strike.

Mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday tomorrow, and give a gift that will change lives today and far into the future!

Yours in service,
Rev. John L. McCullough
Rev. John L. McCullough
President and CEO

P.S. You don't have to wait until Giving Tuesday to change lives! Get started today if you prefer.

Friday, November 20, 2015

CROP Walk total now at $11,234.48

The CROP Walk total now stands at $11,234.48!

Please send in any donations by December 1st so that we can send a final report to Church World Service before the end of the year.

Thanks for your work on the walk.

Make checks payable to:  CWS/CROP and send them to:
                     Ms Sandra Hoy
                     217 Cherry Street
                     Evansville, IN 47713


Monday, November 2, 2015

CROP Walk Totals

Thanks to all of you who participated in the CROP Hunger Walk on Saturday. The total turned in thus far is $10,205.48 and we have been told more is coming in.

Al Spillman, to whom the walk was dedicated this year, raised $4,534.75 and his family walking as a group added 413.36. WOW!

We will keep you posted as more contributions are received.


Rev. Philip Hoy, O.S.L. 
217 Cherry Street 
Evansville, IN 47713 
812 437 9295

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