A continuous flow of people brought food to fill a truck and circle the Adams Field track Sunday at to participate in the 1 to help fill the , but Derrick Rose’s shoes were the star.
People arrived at Adams Field with bags of groceries, took them to a table backed up to the truck, gave them to one of the volunteers at the table and many took laps around the quarter-mile oval.
“The highlight of the day is when the Chicago Bulls Assistant Coach (Ron Adams) came and donated a pair of autographed Derrick Rose shoes,” Carl Berg, one of the three event founders, said.
By 2 p.m. Sunday, there was a $500 bid at the silent auction. “We’ve got $500 for the Derrick Rose shoes,” said with excitement. Despite her enthusiasm, Morrison was quick to recognize the seriousness of the mission.
More than 200 families in Deerfield, Lake Forest and Highland Park get assistance from the Pantry, according to Morrison. Individuals and families come by twice a month for bags of food and sundries.
“People are surprised to learn people in Deerfield, Lake Forest and Highland Park need help,” Morrison said. “It’s not just the unemployed. There are some people in low income jobs who need help to get through.”
Berg and his fellow organizers—Paul Zavagno, Doug Bruss—were happy with the event again. “We’ve had a steady stream of people walking around the track,” Berg said. “They’re buying raffle tickets too.”
Among the dozens of volunteers helping with the event was an aid recipient, Allison Rosenbaum who describes herself as homeless in Highland Park. “The police know about me and how to get in touch with me,” she said.
Rosenbaum affixed a soda can to a stick and placed an artificial flame on top of it representing the sweetness of the soda and the Olympic flame as the summer games approach next month.
“Every lap you walk you get a straw for a raffle ticket,” Rosenbaum said as he handed out the straws to the torchbearers. “The sugar from the can represents sweetness. It’s like a torch because of the Olympics.”
For those who did not make it to the event Sunday, there is still an opportunity to help, according to Mary Schwartz of Deerfield. She is a regular volunteer at the Food Pantry. “If you didn’t come by Sunday you can bring food to the Township office,” She said.