A Letter from a HIKE Fund Family

Hello and Good morning!

I wanted to give you an update that Amelia received her brand new hearing aids and is absolutely loving them! We had no idea what a difference the newer technology would make- Amelia has said that she can hear so much more now and we have noticed her talking so much more and being so much more clear in her speech. It’s crazy because the change was almost overnight since having her new aids! We were able to get two FM type systems with them, the Roger Partner Mic and Roger Select (both pictured in attached image) and holy cow!! Amelia loves them! We can wear either of them around the house, outside, at the park, in the car and she absolutely loves that she can hear us more. Christine forgot to put on the partner mic the other day when going out to run an errand with Amelia and had to return home because 2 minutes into the car drive Amelia mentioned that she could not hear Mama well and asked why? Christine realized she forgot to put on the partner mic and returned home to grab it. 

There are so many other little moments as well, such as when we played a family game the other night laying on the carpet. Amelia loved being able to put the Roger Select on the floor in the middle of all of us so that she could hear us better. One of the biggest things for her is TV time. We don’t let her have much TV time at her age, but the little she does have, or when we watch a family movie has been amazing and I’m sure life changing in her little world. I was able to connect the Roger Select to the TV ( a cool function it comes with!) and it plays the TV sound directly into Amelia’s hearing aids through the bluetooth capability! I wish you could have seen this little girls face when she experienced some  of her favorite Disney songs (Let It Go, from Frozen) for the first time with her new Hearing Aids. She was literally welling up with tears of joy. As schools are beginning to reopen in our area and we hope to get Amelia in preschool in the very near future I know that these new Hearing Aids are going to serve her so well.

Amelia picked out the colors and ear mold style herself, she wanted them to look like “Elsa hearing aids” (From Frozen). As you can see in the picture I think that Amelia got it spot on and as I have told her, “I think those are exactly what Elsa would wear!”.

I’m attaching some pictures of her getting her new HAs at UCSF and being the silly Amelia she is when they turned on for the first time. Thank you again so much and we hope to be able to pay your kind generosity forward for years to come and look forward to introducing Amelia to Job’s Daughters and other service oriented opportunities as she grows into a young women.


Neil, Christine and Amelia Altimari

November Updates from The HIKE Fund

A new HIKE Fund flag is on its way! It’s our 35th year and we’ve got a new flag with our updated logo. You can order one for your Bethel, jurisdiction, office, or home. Download the form below and send in your order today.

A new silent auction launches today through Giving Tuesday on December 1st! The album is posted on our Facebook Page and bids can be made in the comment section of the photos. The final bid will be determined at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2020. We have been donated three impressive vintage items from DMI/Acclaim. These items would make a great gift for that special Jobie person in your life.

Have you committed to being one of our 35th Anniversary Donors? Head over to our webpage to learn more!

TOMORROW, 10/30, is the last day!

Registration for the Magnolia Medal ends on Friday, 10/30, along with the first 5K in the HIKE is LOVE Virtual Run Series – Catch the Cardinal. Don’t let the day get away from you and sign-up now: https://runsignup.com/QuickReg/96822

Registration for our next 5K in the series – Book It for Books – will begin on Sunday, November 1st. (If you signed up for the Magnolia Medal, you do not need to register for the individual 5K runs.)

HIKE is LOVE in 2020-2021

We are kicking off our 35th year with celebration and excitement and new initiatives and materials. Check all of them out, share them on your social media (please and thank you!), and engage with us as we DREAM BIG FOR HIKE!

Guess the Date

Guess the Date

What day do you think HIKE will reach $6 million in donations? The person on or closest to the date will win a small prize from the Board! Only one guess per person. Click the link and make your guess!

Vintage HIKE Fund Silent Auction

Vintage HIKE Fund Silent Auction

We are hosting a vintage silent auction on our Facebook page with thoughtful and nostalgic items that were donated to us. The silent auction goes through September 14, 2020, but don’t wait until the last minute to bid – click on over to check out all the items today! If you have items you’d like to donate for a future auction, please email us at thehikefund1985@gmail.com.

Virtual 5K Series

Virtual 5K Series

Celebrate The HIKE Fund’s 35th Anniversary by participating in the HIKE is LOVE Virtual 5K Series!! We had such a wonderful response to our Spring Virtual 5K Run/Walk – thank you to those who particpated. This pandemic has us all sitting a bit too much so consider this your challenge to up and get moving in your neighborhood, local trail, or other safe and physically-distanced location. Submit your results online via the Run Sign-Up link or send an email: thehikefund1985@gmail.com. Net registration fees can be designated to an active Job’s Daughter to receive credit toward the $1,000 Club.

Magnolia Medal Series – Registration opens August 15, 2020, and closes on October 30, 2020, and cost is $75. The participant completes all four (4) 5K races and receives four (4) 5K medals, plus the Magnolia Medal, and a T-shirt. All items will be delivered to the participant at a celebration selfie station in Hampton, VA during the week of August 1–7, 2021. 

For participants who only want to do individual virtual 5K (cost $25 each), registration will open on the following schedule. 

We encourage you to team up with your friends and neighbors, Bethels, or others who can keep you motivated. We will be celebrating our STARS who take on the Magnolia Medal and complete all four races at JDI’s Supreme Session in Hampton, VA in 2021. We’d love to showcase your name, Bethel, and jurisdiction!!

Harley’s Halloween Virtual 10K for HIKE

Harley’s Halloween Virtual 10K for HIKE

Harley invites all walkers, runners, cyclists, or broom riders to join the fun in October for his annual Harley’s Halloween Virtual 10K for HIKE! Registration ends on September 16, 2020. His goal is to raise $1,000 for HIKE in the month of October 2020. Cost is $18 (no medal) and $22 (with medal).

A virtual race is a race that can be run (cycled or walked) from any location you choose. You can cycle, run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace in one day or break it up and do small bits throughout the month of October.

Stay mindful of physical distancing and proper mask and handwashing in public spaces that may be crowded for recreation and fitness. Anyone who wants to participate must register. The cost is $18 (no medal) and $22 (with race medal). This year we will have a fun prize for the person who lives the farthest away from Harley. All Jobies who participate can receive credit toward their designated totals for the $1,000 Club. 

New Fundraising Tracker Materials Available

New Fundraising Tracker Materials Available

Our new trackers are ready for you to post your donations. Set your goal – what amount will you raise?? Use these inspired materials on a fundraiser board, in your Bethel or Lodge, or bedroom wall to keep track of all your amazing donations! You can use them your social media too as a shout out to donors!!

#5KforHIKE Raises over $13,000

When The HIKE Fund Board of Directors realized that the “big time” spring fundraising events were going to be canceled due to COVID19, we sprang into action to offer everyone a small way to contribute. Launched on April 1, 2020, the virtual 5K run/walk for The HIKE Fund held registration through May 24, 2020, with participants finishing their runs and walks by May 31, 2020.

From literal coast to coast, we are so excited to announce that 276 participants and 101 individual donors raised $13,219.14! Virginia (51) edged out California (49) in having the most registrations, followed by Ohio (41), Nebraska (24), Michigan (20), Missouri (18), Illinois (17), and Indiana (16). A huge thank you to all of the represented states—PA, WA, NC, FL, ID, MD, SD, KS, MN, TX, UT, WI, and WY!!

We received photos and photos and photos and photos!! See if you can spot you and your friends and puppies in this video (12 minutes of fun)!! Steps and miles were done with love for The HIKE Fund – thank you, thank you, thank you! Together we can accomplish great things and your support means the #giftofhearing for so many children.

Photos and Videos from the Virtual 5K for HIKE (April-May 2020)

Due to a very generous donation, we are on track to meet our 2019-2020 goals. You can always see our year-to-date fundraising contributions by state at our DONATE link. We are gearing up to close out the year on June 30th so get your donations into John Hauser, Executive Secretary, as soon as possible! His address is: 530 Elliott Street Council Bluffs, IA 51503. (Don’t forget to include a donation form with your checks.)

Gracie in Tennessee received her new hearing aids this spring. Her mom wrote to us and said, “Gina Piscopo Angley, Au.D., CCC-A, Associate Director of the Adult Amplification Program at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, presented Gracie and me, Mary Anne, with a HIKE award for new hearing aids. Gracie has known Dr. Angley for several years and this was such an exciting award as the technology had advanced so much since her last hearing aids that a deluge of happy tears soon followed as new sounds and possibilities were discovered! Thank you so much to the philanthropy of the Job’s Daughters International that enabled this to happen.”

This is your impact. You are waymakers and life-givers. The HIKE Fund is incredibly grateful for your partnership in improving lives like Gracie’s.