Chapel-By-The-Sea Walk Does More Than Feed The Poor
By Anne McKay Garris
Straw hats, perched on the heads of the young and the old, bobbed down the beach on Saturday as members and friends of the Chapel-By-The-Sea proudly made their way from the Palm Pavilion on the North Beach to the turn-around spot on the South Beach, then back to the church for a pancake breakfast. Along the two-mile route, workers from the chapel waved and cheered the walkers, directing them to the next spot on the route. Steel drum and guitar music bolstered them on their way as 200 plus people, from little folks in strollers to grandmas and grandpas hurried, or strolled, through the sand in the bright sunshine of a winter's day.
With over 625 pounds of food and over $5,000 donated to the Religious Community Services Food Pantry, the event was deemed a success by all involved, including the 30 plus people from the Chapel-By-The-Sea and a crew of RCS volunteers.
Once back at the church, the participants sat at long tables, enjoying good company and good food as a two-man band played and sang some old time favorites.
Delighted at the result of this year's walk, Rick Owens, chairman of the event, and his hardworking crew are already looking forward to next year.
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