The 11th annual Friends of the Poor Walk was held Sept. 29. Thanks to your help and generous support, the walk raised over $17,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Societies in St. Mary’s County. The money raised stays here to be used for direct and immediate aid to those in need.

We would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their support:

Gold Sponsors were St. Mary’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Martin’s Auto Tech; 84 Lumber; Chick-fil-A; Chesapeake Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing; William J. Fitzgerald; Leonardtown Knights of Columbus; Town Cleaners; College of Southern Maryland; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream; Printing Press; SMECO; Parlett Affiliated Companies LLC; The Baynet; Chaney Enterprises; ADF Bingo; Del. Matt Morgan (R-St. Mary’s); Dr. Joyce Neal; and Del. Deb Rey (R-St. Mary’s).

Silver Sponsors were Anne and Ernie Bell; Burch Oil; Dugan, McKissick and Longmore; JP Wathen’s Plumbing; Wathen’s Electric; David’s Flowers; Ridgell Oil; Toyota of Southern Maryland; Margaret Barnstead; and Community Bank of the Chesapeake.

Bronze Sponsors were Hollywood Lions Club; Wells Fargo Adviser’s Financial Network-Steve Richardson; IC Angels Ladies Auxiliary; Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Council 8159; Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary; Patuxent Dental; Eagle Systems; International Beverage & Deli; Dorsey Law Firm; Shadow Objects LLC; Pizza Hotline; B&B Maintenance of Md.; Distad’s American Services Inc.; Metro Restaurant & Janitorial Supplies; and Drs. Verghese and Ling.

Donations came from Rose Miller, Dunkin Donuts, Taylor Gas Company, Mechanicsville Building Supply, Auman Automotive, Gloria Ramos, JS Enterprises of Md. (Quality Autobody), Dyson’s Lumber Company Inc. and Dee’s Shear Perfection.

Door prizes were donated by Heavenly Presents, Hong Kong Buffet, Leonardtown Old Towne Pub, Ledo Pizza, Peggy Gray, Good Earth Natural Foods, Salsa’s Mexican Café, Barbara Brown, Trish Lea-Century 21 New Millennium. Foxy Fish, Gatton’s Barber Shop, All About Beads and Games, The Rex, Cool Beanze Coffee, Frances Dicus and The Leonardtown Grille.

Silent auction baskets were donated by Blair’s Jewelry & Gifts, Starbuck’s, Halo Hair Care Studio, G&H Jewelry, Kathy and Tim Miller, Ellen Johnson, Ladies of Charity, St. Aloysius Church, Sue Johnson, Parish Pastoral Council of St. Aloysius Church, Julia Goyco, Tidewater Pharmacy, Joan Goyco, Dyson Lumber Co., Laundro Mutts Pet Grooming, Southern Maryland Statuary, Kevin’s Corner Kafe and Kona Ice (Chuck Jacobs).

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals: Jimmy Dicus, Jamie Thomas and Kevin Cain for their help and support every year. Thank you to Father Andrew White School and the Rev. David Beaubien for allowing us to hold the walk at the school. Thank you to Emily Belanger for organizing a fabulous brunch and to the Ladies of Charity at St. Aloysius Church for serving. Thank you to Mickey Ramos, Frank Wicker, Dennis Logan and Jimmy Z. Strine for providing the music. Thanks to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad for being there in an event of an emergency and to Health Connections from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital. Thanks to Walter Johnson, Gloria Ramos, Peggy and Matt Menard, Vicki and John Wenke, Kathy and Tim Miller, Ellen Johnson, Karen O’Connor, Rose Miller, Sarah Norris, Leonardtown Knights of Columbus, Mike McCauley and Scott Belanger for their help.

Thanks to Ernie Bell, who arranged to have the Old Jail Museum on Courthouse Drive open for walkers to visit.

Thank you to John Wenke for being master of ceremonies. Lastly, thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped out on walk day and to the hundreds of walkers who make this walk a success. You are making a difference in the lives of many.