MRS. BLANCHE LEMONN
Honored November 16, 2000, Atlanta, Ga.
National Council of Churches President's Award
Presented by Ambassador Andrew Young
When Blanche LeMonn was 85 years old, she learned that CROP WALK participants could walk as little as one mile. She walked that year and raised $100.00. Now, as she celebrated her 102nd birthday on October 5, she has raised $16,000 for the CROP WALK for the Hungry which took place October 15th. She has raised a total of $136,656 in the last 17 years. Mrs. LeMonn walked in the Central Hunterdon CROP WALK out of Flemington, New Jersey. She starts recruiting sponsors for her walk in the summer. Using the ideas of her late husband, Franklin, a salesperson, Mrs. LeMonn calls a set number of people each day, looking for sponsors for her walk. Having been a schoolteacher in Flemington from 1928-1965, Blanche knows hundreds of former students living in the area. Using those contacts, she makes annual calls, challenging her sponsors to increase their giving for hunger. Last year Blanche did walk a mile. This year, however, her sponsors are encouraging her to merely show up. Mrs. LeMonns motivation is simple. In her own words she walks because "There are people out there who are hungry."
With her words ringing in my ears and conscious of her dedication and commitment to all hungry people, in gratitude for her great spirit and in humbleness before her deeds I present this National Council of Churches Presidents Award to Mrs. Blanche LeMonn.
(Because she is unable to travel Mrs. LeMonns award will be accepted by her friend Dr. Basil McKenzie.)
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