HARVARD -- There were two hopes -- good weather on Friday, and meeting the $29,000 fundraising goal.

The sun was shining for the 29th annual Good Friday Walk. And volunteer Becca Day-Newsham confirmed that the fundraiser did top the $29,000 mark "by a little bit."

It has been a climb back into those types of tallies for the walk, which has been hard hit by the economy. Day-Newsham said the walk raised about $20,000 two years ago and $23,000 last year.

This year, the goal was to bring the total up to match the number of years the popular event has been in existence -- $29,000 for 29 years.

"We did it!" Day-Newsham said.

Proceeds of the nondenominational event support two important charities: Loaves & Fishes, the largest food pantry in North Central Massachusetts, located at Devens, and Sharing Inc., which helps impoverished youth in the rural South.

After registering at the Harvard Congregational Church event headquarters, hundreds walked the 5-mile route through town: up Ayer Road, down Depot Road, up Prospect Hill Road, down Madigan Lane, onto Still River Road, to Lovers Lane for the return trip to the town common.

"The energy was great," Day-Newsham said. "It was a breath of fresh air."

Donations may still be sent to Good Friday Walk, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 105B, Devens, MA 01434.