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The 2024 Family Promise Hike for Hope was held on Sunday, May 5 at Van Neste Square Memorial Park in downtown Ridgewood. Despite the dreary weather, our dedicated hikers made it clear that the rain wouldn’t keep them down—in total, we had 262 participants and 27 teams register for this year’s event, the most in its 31-year history. We are in awe of the overwhelming generosity of our incredible hikers, supporters, and friends—thanks to their hard work, we raised more than $60,000 for our programs for working families facing homelessness and hunger, surpassing our goal by over $10,000!

The day began with longtime Hike for Hope DJ Scott Reddin providing the soundtrack as guests enjoyed various games, contests, and activities throughout the park, many of which were led by Family Promise Youth Council members. Trainers from CKO Allendale, led by owner Fara McNeil, instructed our hikers in a series of fun kickboxing and cardio exercises to get everyone warmed up and ready to embark on their three-mile trek through town. After returning from the walk, guests refueled with refreshments courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s, Stop & Shop, Costco, Diamond Rock Spring Water, the Terrace Family, and more.

This year, hikers had the opportunity to wear a purple ribbon and walk in honor of a loved one who had passed away. This initiative was started in memory of two very special people: Helen Koons, longtime captain of the First Congregational Flyers (First Congregational Church of River Edge) and Adam Rosignolo, the inspiration behind Team ADAM/St. Mark’s Godspeed (St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck) which is led each year by his parents, Beverly and Steven. Both Helen and Adam were heavily involved with Family Promise and the Hike for Hope during their lifetimes, and are deeply missed.

This year, our Top Fundraising Team was Team Adam/St. Marks Godspeed. GBGB came in second in the Teams category, followed by Team Fleisher and the First Congregational Flyers. Our Top Individual Fundraiser was Debbie Terrace, and the two hikers who earned the most online activity points were Cindy Strauch (Calvary’s Cruisers) and Frank Skuthan.

Thank you to our 2024 Hike for Hope sponsors for their generous support: Family Friend Sponsors Freedom Bank, PSEG, SHARP, and Visions Federal Credit Union, Warm-Up Sponsor CKO Allendale, and Water Sponsor Diamond Rock Spring Water. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the following individuals, clubs, and local businesses for helping make our event such a success: The Family Promise Youth Council, Francesca Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta, Ben & Jerry’s (Ridgewood), Stop & Shop (Ridgewood), One Hour A/C & Heating (Midland Park), Scott Reddin, the Albano Family, and the Terrace Family.

We are so grateful to all who registered, donated, fundraised, shared the event with others, and braved the rain to walk with us—thank you for making our “hike” a success. We are already excited for next spring. See you in 2025!

Want to relive the fun? Check out our 2024 Family Promise Hike for Hope photo album here.