Eleanor's Walk raised $310,000 for Focus: HOPE programs

It was a beautiful day for a Walk – and for a Run!   Our 40th annual Walk on October 14, 2014 featured both, giving our steadfast supporters a choice of walking or running the four-mile route through our neighborhood.

Eleanor’s Walk for Hope raised more than $310,000 to support Focus: HOPE’s food, education and community programs, thanks in large part to a large number of sponsors led by Plastic Omnium, a leading global supplier of automotive components and body modules, automotive fuel tanks and systems, and waste container solutions for local communities and companies.

“We are very happy with the results of the Walk,” said Focus: HOPE CEO William F. Jones, Jr. “We are grateful to our sponsors and for the thousands of people who walked together to support our mission.”

Dignitaries who attend the Walk included Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, and Michigan Sen. Morris Hood III. Andrew Humphrey, WDIV meteorologist, marked his fifth year as Master of Ceremonies.

Dan Meyers, the IT purchasing manager at Chrysler Group, won the right to be the Grand Marshal after his name was selected from among donors who responded to a social media campaign.

Magna International issued a challenge to businesses and organizations to bring large groups of employees to the Walk – with the largest group winning Corporate Cup. Plastic Omnium walked away with the cup after bringing more than 200 employees.

The event was renamed in 2013 to honor Eleanor Josaitis, who co-founded Focus: HOPE with Father William Cunningham 46 years ago.  Although both of our co-founders have passed on, Focus: HOPE is going strong and working hard to continue their work to overcome racism, poverty and injustice.




2014 Sponsors included:

Presenting Sponsor
Plastic Omnium 

Major Sponsor
Magna International

Media Sponsor
Detroit Media Partnership 

Finish Line Sponsors
Ford Motor Company
General Motors

Diversity and Ethnic Booth Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Carrier & Gable, Inc.
Chrysler Group
MGM Grand Detroit
Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors.

Pacesetter Sponsors
Greektown Casino Hotel
Public Service Credit Union
and Walsh College.

Team Sponsors
Central Michigan University
ITC Holdings
SET Enterprises, Inc.