A Brighton man who is a perennial fundraising leader for The Walk for Hunger was once again the highest individual fundraiser, according to the nonprofit Project Bread, which organizes and benefits from the walk to help fight hunger in Massachusetts.
Gabriel Yepes, a native of Colombia who moved to the US three decades ago, raised a single-year record of $32,000 this year. Since 1988, when he first walked in the event, he has raised about $457,500, which is more than any other walker in history of the event.
“Gabriel has a different approach to fundraising than most,” describes the website of Project Bread, which is headquartered in East Boston. “Every March, Gabriel begins to grow out his beard to signify that the walk for Hunger is coming. Every year, this serves as a gentle reminder to people at his workplace that he is ready to accept pledges for the walk.”
“Most of Gabriel’s support and pledges come from The University Club of Boston where he works, and he recognizes that there is no way he’d be as successful without their generosity,” the description continues. “So like clockwork every March, Gabriel begins to grow out his beard. When club members see his beard, they know it’s time to start thinking about hungry people in Massachusetts, and how they can support Gabriel this year.”
In the above photo, Yepes is presenting an award for Outstanding Individual Fundraiser to another fundraiser, Monica Bracey, of Mattapan, at Project Bread’s Walk Celebration and Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Museum of Science in Boston and recognized the success of the 45th annual Walk for Hunger. The event this year raised nearly $3.2 million.
Bracey raised $10,010 this year. Altogether, she has raised more than $66,500 since she first walked in the charity event.
For more information, visit www.projectbread.org/walk.
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