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Friday, September 28, 2012

Cameron Walk raises $25,000

The inaugural Jim Cameron Memorial Walk on Saturday at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston was a tremendous success. More than $24,000 in collected pledges was raised, and 304 walkers/runners and 35 volunteers participated in the fundraiser for Lake Christian Ministries. All of the money raised from the walk, named in memory of the late Jim Cameron, who served as executive director of LCM, will go to the nonprofit to help assist clients around the lake.

Cameron was the driving force behind LCM, acting as its spokesperson, overseeing day-to-day operations, assisting the mobile food pantries and most any other job that needed to be done. He oversaw the implementation of several new programs at LCM, including three mobile food pantries, a dental clinic and a partnership with area gardeners, who grow fresh produce for the clients associated with LCM.

Counting funds from sponsors/patrons, after expenses, the total amount raised was more than $25,000. Additional pledges are expected to come.

Cameron's widow, Chris, was the honorary announcer. Following the race, the crowd enjoyed a picnic lunch from Subway and were entertained by live music from Wound Tight.