Each fall, Brian Ching and Kroger honored members of the Houston community who were chosen as “Ching’s Champions.” The Ching’s Champions initiative was started by Ching and Kroger as a way to pay tribute to those members of the Houston community who are performing selfless acts for others and asking for little in return. Each of the Champions gets a 250-second shopping spree at a Houston-area Kroger.
The five “champions” were able to secure over $9,000 of groceries and merchandise during the 250-second shopping spree! Thank you Kroger!!!
A full recap of the 2013 event can be found here: http://www.houstondynamo.com/charities/chingschampions
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Ching and Kroger selected the eight champions from the group of nominees. Each winner received a Ching’s Champions medal and a four-minute shopping spree at Kroger. In total, the eight teams collected more than $7,700 worth of groceries.
Marvin Marcia – Active volunteer in his church, at the Boys and Girls club of America, local food banks and other local charitable organizations throughout the Houston area.
Susan Leining – Raised more than $20,000 over the past five years for The Snowdrop Foundation through her annual Chelsey’s 5K Run.
Emily Newsome – Serves as a leader of Community Cloth, a micro-lending organization in Houston that helps refugee women create arts and crafts that they can sell to help support their families.
Gina and Mike Dockal – Started Zoey’s Angels, which was founded to bring comfort to families who lose an infant child after a lengthy struggle in the hospital.
Steven David – Raises money and awareness for the Snowdrop Foundation, an organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.
Gary Coffman – Organizes an annual food drive around the holiday season, which provided food for more than 150 families last year.
Renita Sheppard – Captain of Nita’s Forget-Me-Nots, a walk team started in 2003 to help promote awareness and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jim and Debbie Abney – Raised more than $14,000 for Sammy’s Supporters, a benefit to assist with the medical costs for a local family whose son was recently diagnosed with leukemia.