For the first time in the history of the Grand Island CROP Walk, the Golden Sneaker Award has been given to the walker who raised the most donations online at www.cropwalkonline.org.
Pictured at right, Paul Robinson, longtime coordinator of the Grand Island CROP Walk, presented the Golden Sneaker Award to Pastor Cathy Rieley-Goddard, who raised $245 using the online method this year.
Robinson called online fundraising "a relatively new option," but also "an idea that will certainly mushroom in coming years."
Rieley-Goddard is the co-pastor of Riverside Salem United Church of Christ at 3449 West River Road on Grand Island.
The CROP Walk celebrated its 26th year on the Island. The nationwide event is sponsored by Church World Service and raises money for hunger relief worldwide, with 25 percent of the money raised staying on the Island for local food pantries.