On October 12, a lively crowd gathered in front of the Medina County Administration Building for the “Kick Up Your Heels-End Childhood Hunger” fund raiser to help eliminate hunger locally.

In the spirit of having fun while working towards this goal, participants came dressed in outrageously zany attire, the more ridiculous the better: mismatched striped and designed socks paired with extremely high heels; Santa, Uncle Sam and floppy hats accessorizing gauzy dresses and net tutus; devils horns, tiaras and wigs topping evening wear and shorts – if it was strange, it was good and it generated a great deal of laughter and good will.

John Hutchings, from Hutch Sports, got the entrants warmed up to some jazzy music before the first heat, “Big Heels Keep on Rollin’” for men and women in heels. The second heat, “Wild Thing,” was for anyyone wearing any kind of foot attire or costume.

Race Coordinator Danielle Abbo reminded the “racers” this was not competitive so they could walk, saunter, or go the 75 yards from the starting line to the finish line any way they wanted. The Job and Family Services Team added can-can kicks to their classy strut, and a few good-sported men paraded their frilly apparel and high heels like runway models. The sole of one determined runner’s shoe came loose and was flapping, but he staunchly hopped the distance to the finish line.

Prizes were given for the Most Outrageous Individual outfit and the Most Outrageous Team attire. The first went to Chad Eader, and the second to the Job and Family Service Team of Cheryl Mason, Kim Markwalder, Theresa Saunders and Kim Beverlin.

Event sponsors were Feeding Medina County, Hawkins Fresh Market, Subaru “Share the Love,” Alanna and Jack Arnold, Last Diet Ever, Jones, Thompson and Funk LPAs, Salon Evangeline, McJack Candy Company, J. Kurt Denkewalter and Associates, Oak Ridge Farms, Medina County Women’s Journal, Hutch Sports, Senator Larry Obhof, Armstrong Cable, SPORTSWORLD, The Calverts, Teaspoon of Vanilla, Aleen Redmon, Williams on the Lake and Martha Veglia.

Feeding Medina County Executive Director Sandy Calvert expressed her gratitude to all who came out to support this effort, about which she fondly said, “There are no words to describe this scene.”

The numbers of hungry children increase every week, and the money from the event will go towards keeping FMC packing the 450 Weekender Bags they send home with needy children every week.